In the wake of the release of Omid Scobie's "Endgame", the royal family, including King Charles III, has maintained a composed demeanor amidst the resurgence of a racial controversy. The book has stirred discussions regarding alleged racist remarks concerning the complexion of Prince Archie, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
King Charles III, undeterred by the unfolding drama in the U.K., proceeded with his engagements at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai. During a conversation with Nigeria's President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the King lightly referred to his recent 75th birthday, remarking, "I'm all right very much, just about. Having had a rather ancient birthday recently, recovering from the shock of that."
Despite the controversy back home, the King appeared to be in good spirits, engaging amicably with guests and global leaders. His focus in Dubai was primarily on energy issues and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, demonstrating his commitment to continuing his work and not allowing the "Endgame" controversy to distract from significant global issues.
The situation took a turn when the Dutch translation of Scobie's book, initially slated for release on November 28, was withdrawn. This version purportedly named King Charles III and Kate Middleton as the individuals who allegedly expressed concerns about Prince Archie's skin tone. Scobie has since denied submitting a manuscript with such details, leaving unanswered questions about how the Dutch edition came to include this information. The names were said to be mentioned in private letters from the Duchess of Sussex to the monarch, which are reportedly secured and confidential.
The Sussexes, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have clarified that they did not label the royals in question as racists, suggesting instead that the comments reflected unconscious bias. The identities of the individuals involved have not been publicly disclosed by the couple.
The Dutch version of "Endgame" was scheduled for a revised release on December 8. However, in a bold move, Piers Morgan revealed on his TalkTV show "Uncensored" that the individuals mentioned in the controversy were King Charles III and Kate Middleton. This revelation has added a new dimension to the ongoing debate surrounding the book and the allegations it discusses.
The royal family's response, particularly King Charles III's, has been to prioritize his international commitments and address pressing global challenges, showcasing a steadfast approach amidst personal and public turmoil.