After leaving the Royal Family in 2020, Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, sat down with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey and spoke about their time as members of the Firm. During the interview, the Duchess of Sussex claimed that a member of the Royal Family had gone to Harry while she was pregnant with their son Archie with “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born”.
A new US book published today has claimed that Charles was the Royal Family member in question – a claim strenuously denied by Clarence House.
Christopher Andersen’s book ‘Brothers And Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan’ alleged that “concerns” were raised in a conversation between the Prince of Wales, 73, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74.
Details from the 364-page hardback book appeared on the New York Post’s Page Six website over the weekend and caused shockwaves due to the bombshell claims.
It alleges that Charles asked Camilla over breakfast: “I wonder what the children will look like?’’
Mr Andersen claims Camilla was “somewhat taken aback’’ and allegedly replied: “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.’’
He also alleges that Charles lowered his voice and added: “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?’’
The book claims the discussion took place on November 27, 2017 – the same day Harry and Meghan’s engagement was officially announced.
Aides of Prince Charles have firmly rubbished the claims that the heir apparent questioned the future skin tone of Archie.
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“If he made the remark I’m sure it was in a perfectly innocent way, as anyone would ask about the birth of a child and how the baby would look.
“I think he would be surprised someone could attribute such a sentence to him — and I’m pretty certain Charles doesn’t even have breakfast with Camilla.”
Christopher Andersen, who has written 18 New York Times best-sellers, suggests that the Prince’s alleged comments were made innocently.
Page Six reported that the author suggests “scheming courtiers” had given Charles’ words “a racist spin”.
Mr Andersen adds: “The question posed by Charles was being echoed in a less innocent way throughout the halls of Buckingham Palace.”
During Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview in March, the person who allegedly made the comments was never named, with Meghan adding: “That would be very damaging to them.”
Harry also said he would “never share” the full details of the discussion.
It was later revealed by Oprah that the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh were not responsible for the alleged comments.
The chat show host told CBS This Morning: “He [Harry] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or grandfather that were part of those conversations.”
Express.co.uk has approached both Clarence House and Gallery Books for comment