In a new book by Christopher Andersen, who has written several royal books, has claimed that it was Prince Charles, the future King of England, who made the allegedly racist comment about Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s future children. If true, it potentially damages his future reign, but at the same time if true, it takes a bit of the wind out of the release of Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoirs.
During their interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle gave two different versions of what they characterize as a racist situation regarding the skin color of their future children.
According to Meghan: “In those months when I was pregnant…[there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born.”
When pressed to reveal who this was, Meghan refused to do so, stating, “I think that would be very damaging to them.” But it didn’t just damage this person but blanketed the entire royal family with the allegations.
She also said there were “several conversations” with Harry.
But when Harry joined Meghan and Oprah, his recollection “varied.” He said that there was only one conversation before the couple were even married (though I could not find a full-length copy of the interview to confirm and it was difficult to find a full transcript of the interview).
He even said that he’s “never going to share” who the alleged racist was. Well, that lasted all of about eight months.
According to reports, Harry was planning on sharing the family member in his upcoming memoirs, but it looks like Christopher Andersen has beaten him and his publisher to the punch.
Per a report by Page Six, after the engagement of Harry and Meghan was announced, Charles sat down to breakfast with wife Camilla and said, “I wonder what the children will look like?”
Camilla was allegedly “somewhat taken aback” by the comment, and replied, “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.”
And then, lowering his voice, Charles said, “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexation might be?”
At this point, Andersen refuses to reveal who the source is for this interaction, which differs once again from what Harry and Meghan recalled during the Oprah interview.
As Page Six describes it, “The author presents it as if the curiosity of Charles was seized upon and twisted by scheming courtiers to give it a racist spin. By the time the repackaged account reached the ears of Harry and Meghan, it had reached peak toxicity.”
This might explain why there is no consistency in this story, which actually raises significant questions about the veracity of the tale and probably confirms that Harry and Meghan’s sob story is the result of a game of telephone. If true, by the time the story reached the ears of Harry and Meghan it was interpreted as racist rather than just perhaps an innocent, though eyeroll inducing, question.
When Harry raised the question, Prince Charles and Prince William thought the hot-headed prince was being too sensitive and that his father’s comment was “tactless” but “not a sign of racism within the royal family.”
A spokesperson from the palace, when asked for a statement, said, “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”
It’s unlikely that the exact truth of the comment or the intention behind it will never be known, but to continue pushing this narrative is dangerous to the future of Harry’s relationship with his family.