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During an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan Markle claimed there were conversations about the skin colour of their son, Archie, before he was born. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not reveal which member of the Royal Family made the comments.
However, after the interview was aired, the US media mogul revealed the couple told her it was not Queen Elizabeth II or the late Prince Philip.
Now, royal author, Christopher Andersen, claimed Prince Charles and Prince William told Harry he was “oversensitive” and “overreacting” about the comments.
In his new book, ‘Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan’, Mr Andersen claimed: “That complicated what was already a very complicated situation.”
Mr Andersen further claimed it was Prince Charles who speculated about Archie’s skin colour shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got engaged.
He told Us Weekly: “I was able to trace this back to a comment that was made by Prince Charles to [Duchess] Camilla on the day that the announcement of Harry and Meghan’s engagement was made.
“And what he did was casually turn to her like any grandparent to be would do and say, ‘I wonder what their children will look like, hair color, eye color, complexion.’
“He did it fondly, but the problem is it was… misconstrued, contorted over a period of time by the bureaucrats and the palace – the people who [Princess] Diana used to call the ‘men in grey’ – and they really weaponized that and turned it into something that was quite nasty by the time it reached Harry’s ear.”
Prince Charles hit back at the allegations made by Mr Andersen and referred to the story as “fiction” and “not worth further comment”.
Mr Andersen argued: “I wish the palace would take care to read what the book actually said.
“The real fiction here is the denial. This is what the palace always does.
“There’s a knee-jerk reaction is to say, ‘None of it’s true’.
“In this particular case, clearly, they haven’t read the book because if they did, they’d see that, in a sense, it sort of softens the image of the royal family in terms of race.”
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Buckingham Palace told Fox News they “never comment on these sort of books” while a spokesperson for William and Kate said they had “no comment”.
Following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell comments, the palace released a statement at the time calling their allegations of racism “concerning”.
They said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
Back in March, the Duke of Cambridge responded to allegations that the Royal Family was racist following backlash from Meghan and Harry’s interview.
While on a visit to a school in Stratford, he was asked by a reporter: “Is the royal family a racist family, sir?”
He responded by saying: “We are very much not a racist family.”
Prince William was also asked if had spoken to his brother Harry, and he said: “No, I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.”
The two brothers – who have reportedly been engaged in a bitter feud – seemingly put their rift aside for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana.
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