The British royal family is reportedly considering taking legal action following sensational claims involving King Charles III and Kate Middleton in the ongoing royal racism row. The allegations, which center around remarks about the skin color of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son, Archie, have plunged the monarchy into a fresh crisis.
According to sources, the royal family is exploring all legal options in the wake of a controversial disclosure by Piers Morgan on his show, "Piers Morgan Uncensored." Morgan revealed names allegedly cited in Omid Scobie's book, "Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival," which were accidentally included in its Dutch translation.
In his show, Morgan stated, "If Dutch people walking into a bookshop can see these names, then you, the British people are entitled to know, too." He further added, "Until there is actual evidence of those comments being made, I will never believe it."
The claims have reportedly united the royal family in outrage. The Daily Mail reports that the royals are considering all options, including legal action. The senior Palace source suggested the Sussexes should seek an injunction against the book's Dutch versions, which would demonstrate their commitment to resolving the issue amicably within the family.
Phil Dampier, a royal expert, told the Daily Mail, "They will be scratching their heads at Buckingham Palace and wondering what the best thing to do about this." He expressed skepticism about the claims, saying, "I don't believe for one moment that either of the two people have been named are racists."
Legal expert Mark Stephens suggested to Newsweek that Harry and Meghan should sue Scobie for a privacy breach. He explained, "The way that Harry and Meghan demonstrate that they didn't want to see this in the public domain is by getting an injunction against the person who's breached their confidence."
King Charles, while in Dubai for a climate change event, appeared to sidestep questions about the controversy. When asked how he was doing by Nigeria's President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he responded, "I'm all right very much, just about," followed by a reference to his recent birthday.
Scobie, on his part, has denied deliberately including the names in his manuscript. Speaking on the UK TV show This Morning, Scobie said, "I never submitted a book that had those names in it." However, the Dutch translator, Saskia Peeters, claimed that the names were in the manuscript she received.
The allegations first surfaced during Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021. Buckingham Palace issued a statement following the interview, stating, "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some memories may differ, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
This latest development in the long-running saga adds another layer of complexity to the already strained relations within the royal family. It remains to be seen what legal steps, if any, will be taken by the royal family or the Sussexes in response to these allegations.