Arthur Edwards, a renowned royal photographer, has come forward to counter claims made by Omid Scobie in his book "Endgame," specifically those regarding Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales. Edwards challenges Scobie's portrayal of Middleton as "cold and vacant," a depiction that has sparked controversy.
Scobie, in his book, quotes a former royal aide who suggests Middleton can be distant towards those she does not favor. He also touches upon her supposed part-time work ethic, alleging that she has been nicknamed "Katie Keen" due to her lower workload, which the palace's press office attributes to her eagerness to learn.
Additionally, Scobie raises questions about Middleton's commitment to mental health advocacy, implying she turned a blind eye to Meghan Markle's struggles. He further alleges that Middleton showed little interest in forming a bond with her sister-in-law and has seen a high turnover of private secretaries due to the reportedly uninspiring nature of the role.
Edwards, speaking on Talk Today, contrasts Scobie's assertions with his personal experiences of photographing Middleton. He questions the sources of Scobie's information, praising Middleton for her dedication to her royal duties and her family. He highlights her active participation in sports and her elegance, describing her as a "photographer's dream."
On the topic of Meghan Markle, Edwards notes that while he initially saw her as a positive addition to the royal family, he feels she does not compare to Middleton in terms of engagement and charm, especially with children.
Edwards expresses his belief that the royal family is likely upset with the allegations in Scobie's "Endgame," and he personally finds many of the revelations in the book to be unfounded.
The photographer's defense of Middleton brings a different perspective to the ongoing conversation about the dynamics within the royal family, particularly in the wake of Scobie's controversial book. As the debate continues, these contrasting views highlight the complexities and varying perceptions of the lives and roles of the British royal family members.