During Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex claimed that a senior member of the Royal family questioned the complexion of their first child, Archie, before he was born.
“What? Who is having that conversation with you? What?” Oprah asked at the time.
“I think that would be very damaging to them,” Markle replied. “That was relayed to me, that was Harry’s conversations with family.”
According to the New York Post, the forthcoming book by American journalist and author Christopher Andersen, Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan details a source that suggested Prince Charles had brought up the topic.
Prince Charles reportedly sat down for breakfast on November 27, 2017 following the engagement of Markle and Prince Harry. He asked his wife, Camilla, “I wonder what the children will look like?”
The book says Camilla was “somewhat taken aback” by the question and replied, “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.” Charles lowered his voice and asked: “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?”
Andersen did not go as far as to name Prince Charles as the family member who Markle accused in her interview with Winfrey. “The question posed by Charles was being echoed in a less innocent way throughout the halls of Buckingham Palace,” Anderson writes in the book which is released on November 30.
Prince William reportedly described the comment as “tactless” but “not a sign of racism within the family”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not responded to requests for comment however a spokesperson for Prince Charles told the publication, “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”
More bombshell claims are expected to be released as the book is released this week. Stay tuned for further developments.