Omid Scobie, author of the book in which two members of the royal family are said to have discussed the skin color of Harry and Meghan’s son, has defended himself against any publicity “stunt”.
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During an interview with Oprah Winfrey a year after their dramatic departure for the US in 2020, Harry and Meghan claimed that a member of the royal family wondered, when she was pregnant, what skin color their son Archie would be. .
This interview launched a lively debate in the UK about racism in the country and within the royal family.
The names of the two members of the royal family who allegedly had this discussion were published in the Dutch edition of a new book about the Windsor family, which was quickly withdrawn from sale by the publisher.
Several media outlets reported on Friday, including the BBC, the Daily Mirror, The Sun, and the New York Times, that the two people mentioned in the book are King Charles III and Kate, Princess of Wales.
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But author Omid Scobie, known to be close to Harry and Meghan, denied publishing the names. He said Thursday evening on the BBC’s Newsnight program, defending the English version of the book: “The English version of the book, the only one that I know, and which I signed (…) is the book that has no name.” The same as any “publicity stunt.”
He explained that “the Dutch publisher told us that there was an error in the translation,” saying that he was “hurt” by these “conspiracy theories.”
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The book’s translators denied any wrongdoing. According to the Daily Mail, Saskia Peters claimed that the names appeared in the manuscript sent to her. “As a translator, I translate what is in front of me,” she said.
“The names of the royals were there in black and white. I didn’t add them, I just did what I was paid to do,” she continued, translating the book from English to Dutch.
Omid Scobie refused to apologize to the royal family: “I have no right to apologise, as I am still trying to understand what happened.”
On Wednesday, TV presenter Piers Morgan, a vocal critic of Harry and Meghan, presented the names on his show Piers Morgan Uncensored, explaining that this would allow for an “open discussion.”
But he also said he did not believe “any member of the royal family has ever made racist comments.”
Buckingham Palace then said it was “considering all options” in response to the allegations.
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