Royal author Omid Scobie has expressed his confusion that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle neglected to ‘continue the conversation’ about the alleged ‘racist royal’ scandal in their Netflix documentary or the Duke of Sussex’s book Spare – admitting it was as though their claims suddenly ‘disappeared out of sight’.
The royal commentator – who today released his controversial new book Endgame, which examines the Monarchy’s ‘fight for survival’ – opened up about Harry and Meghan’s claim that a senior member of the royal family expressed ‘concern’ over the color of their son Archie’s skin during an appearance on GMA 3 today.
When asked by hosts what he was able to share about what he’d learned about the allegations, Scobie said he had ‘always wondered why’ the couple failed to mention the remarks again after airing them so publicly during their bombshell sit-down with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
‘Listen, there are many people that argued, “It’s normal to have conversations about what a child might look like at birth.” But I think the problematic term that Meghan raised was that there were “concerns” over the color of Archie’s skin,’ he said.
Royal author Omid Scobie has expressed his confusion that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose not to mention the ‘racist royal’ scandal in their Netflix documentary
Scobie – who is known to have a close relationship with Harry and Meghan – claimed that Charles and the Duchess of Sussex still do not ‘see eye to eye’ on the issue ‘to this day’
‘I always wondered why Harry and Meghan didn’t continue that conversation in the Netflix series and in Harry’s book Spare. It was like it disappeared out of sight and I wanted to get to the bottom of that.’
Scobie went on to address claims made in his book that King Charles and Meghan exchanged ‘respectful’ letters about the couple’s decision to voice such damaging accusations so publicly.
He claimed that Charles and Meghan still do not ‘see eye to eye’ on the issue ‘to this day’, but doubled down on claims that they had a productive ‘conversation’ about the Sussex’s allegations.
‘To discover more about these letters that had been exchanged between Meghan and Charles after that Oprah interview, where – although neither of them see eye to eye on it to this day – they were at least able to share their queries and concerns about those conversations that happened within the family,’ he continued.
In his book, Scobie claimed that Meghan and King Charles now have a ‘pleasant relationship’ after engaging in a ‘respectful back and forth’ via letter about the two Royal Family members who made the remarks about Archie.
He wrote in the book that Charles first reached out to Meghan in the Spring of 2021 – not long after the interview with Oprah was aired – to express his ‘disappointment’ that the couple had ‘chosen to go public with their words’.
Scobie claims that sources said Charles wanted to tell his daughter-in-law that he felt there was ‘no ill will present’ when two people allegedly commented on Archie’s skin color.
The author (pictured in New York today) made the claims during an appearance on GMA 3
In his book, Scobie claims that Meghan and King Charles exchanged ‘respectful’ letters about the Sussexes’ claims over an unnamed royal’s so-called ‘racist’ remarks
The source told Scobie that the letters were ‘respectful’ but ‘serious’, adding: ‘I don’t know if either saw completely eye to eye in the end, but there was at least a feeling that both had been heard.’
Scobie’s appearance on GMA 3 comes just as it was revealed that his controversial book had been pulled in Holland after the Dutch translation reportedly named the so-called ‘royal racist’ who was accused by Prince Harry and Meghan of making remarks about their son Archie’s skin color.
Publishers Xander confirmed to the Daily Mail that it had received a last-minute request from the US to put sales of Endgame on hold and were ‘awaiting further instructions’.
Scobie said on GMA 3 that his book title was not meant to ‘declare this as the end of the Monarchy’ but that he believes the royal family has ‘reached a pinnacle moment’
In the original edition of his book, which was published across the globe today, Scobie does not name the member of the royal family who was said to have expressed ‘concern’ about Archie’s skin tone.
Scobie – who is known to have a close relationship with Meghan and Harry – has said that libel laws prevented him from naming the person, although he has claimed that a second person within the royal household echoed the remarks.
But a page taken from a review copy of the book sent to Dutch journalists does mention a name, although it is not clear from the context what the person is being accused of.
Referring to letters written between Meghan and the King discussing the issue, the page reads: ‘But in those private letters [the identity] was confirmed: [the Mail has redacted the name concerned].’
It is not clear why a foreign language version of the book would name an individual when other editions did not – or what that individual is accused of doing – and it is not known whether it was intentionally included or is a major publishing error.
During their interview with Oprah, the couple (seen with baby Archie in 2019) sparked a frenzy of speculation when they said an unnamed royal voiced ‘concern’ over their baby’s skin color
A spokesman for the Dutch publisher said: ‘You are right but I can’t talk about the details. We have, however, received a request to put the title on hold and that is what we have done.’
Asked when that request was received, she explained: ‘Just now.
‘We are awaiting further instructions. I do not know how long this will be. You should speak to the US agent.’
The original claim about the so-called racist royal was made by Meghan in her infamous Oprah interview of March 2020 when she revealed there were ‘several conversations’ between herself, Harry and members within the royal family about ‘how dark’ baby Archie would be when he was born.
‘In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born,’ Meghan said in the interview.
Harry added: ‘That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.’
Meghan added: ‘I think it would be very damaging for them.’
The resulting public outcry over the claims prompted Harry’s brother William to publicly insist that they were ‘very much not a racist family’.
Addressing the furor surrounding the ‘controversial’ title of his book, Scobie told GMA 3 that he was not trying to ‘declare this as the end of the Monarchy’ but that he was rather pointing out that the royal family has reached a ‘pinnacle moment’.
‘You know it’s interesting, the name itself has been quite controversial, people think I’m declaring this as the end of the Monarchy,’ he said.
‘I’m simply stating that we’ve reached this kind of pinnacle moment where the Monarchy as we know it, i.e. the Monarchy that the Queen was the head of for 70 years, is at stake.
‘I think there are so many issues, so many unanswered problems, so many things that within the UK we’ve only just started to talk about because we feel comfortable now having those conversations about the purpose and the relevancy of the royal family.’
Scobie went on to suggest that the Monarchy is at a key point where the royals will either ‘take it into a modern future’ and ‘secure its stability’ or watch it ‘fade into insignificance’.