Prince Charles' spokespeople address an allegation in a new US book that he made a comment about the skin colour of his grandchild
An accusation of this behaviour has been published in Brothers And Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, written by American journalist Christopher Andersen.
Due to be released on Tuesday, the book has already caused controversial buzz in the States after details of the allegation towards Prince Charles featured in the book, and was printed on the New York Post’s Page Six website.
The book is reported to allege that on 27 November 2017, the 73-year-old made comments about the skin tone of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children to Camilla. Prince Charles aides have since vehemently denied this claim.
“I wonder what the children will look like?’’ Prince Charles is alleged to have said over breakfast with Camilla, who allegedly responded with: “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.’’
“I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?’’ Prince Charles then reportedly added.
Meghan first claimed in an interview with Oprah earlier this year that before her child was born a Royal family member had uttered “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be", whilst refusing to give a name as she said it “would be very damaging” for the person involved.
The Sun reports the US book attributing these lines to Prince Charles was brought to the attention of Clarence House on Friday and that his lawyers have been informed.
“The claims are utterly ridiculous,” one insider said.
“There is more of a concern that commenting on it will simply sell more books than actually damage Charles’ reputation.”
Author Mr Andersen suggested of the alleged comments that “the question posed by Charles was being echoed in a less innocent way throughout the halls of Buckingham Palace” and that tensions between Harry and his father worsened after Prince Charles allegedly called his son “overly sensitive” on the matter.
The author also claims that rifts continued to flow between Prince Harry and the rest of the Royal family afterwards as Prince William glossed over the incident, describing his dad’s comments as “tactless” but “not a sign of racism within the family”.
According to Mr Andersen, Harry as a result felt that his new family were “being erased” from the Royal institution.
News of these allegations come as the second part of BBC documentary the Princes and the Press airs Monday night – the first part of which has already left the Royal family disgruntled with its claims.
This information also arrives as Prince Charles entered Barbados in representation of his mother, the Queen, as the Caribbean country becomes a republic in a ceremony held on Tuesday.
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