Prince Charles is now considering legal action after the publication of a new biography on his sons, Prince William and Harry, and their wives, which claims that it was the Prince of Wales who made the alleged racist comment about the skin tone of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children.
The interesting question is, will Harry and Meghan face a legal challenge from Charles if they make a similar accusation in the Duke of Sussex’s forthcoming memoir?
When Meghan Markle made the shocking claim that a member of the royal household was concerned about the skin tone of her child, it was immediately interpreted by Oprah Winfrey as an overtly racist comment and a reflection of the entire family, royal institution and the whole of the United Kingdom as well. Meghan did not dissuade Winfrey from her assumption.
But it seems like those comments were taken somewhat out of context.
That’s what Christopher Andersen argues in his forthcoming book, entitled: “Brothers And Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan.”
According to Andersen’s sources, the comments about skin tone were made by Charles over breakfast with his wife Camilla on the day of Harry and Meghan’s engagement.
Per the book, Charles said, “I wonder what the children will look like?’’
Camilla was supposedly “somewhat taken aback’’ by the question and replied: “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.’’
Charles then lowered his voice to add: “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?’’
Andersen claims that these comments were in fact quite innocent and were blown out of proportion by some malicious actors within the royal staff. Many have pointed out that families do wonder what future children between a newly engaged, married or pregnant couple will look like. There were even composites made up in the media of what Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s, children will look like.
But likely, this story had mostly innocent retellings and it wasn’t until Harry and Meghan got ahold of the news that it took a decisively racist undertone, since that remains the currency of the couple.
Charles has utterly denied the allegation, with Clarence House stating: “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”
No doubt if there are legal options Charles will pursue them to save his reputation as the future king of the Commonwealth—however, will Meghan and Harry eventually come to the attention of lawyers as well when it comes to Harry’s forthcoming memoir?
While that’s somewhat unlikely, legal challenges between family members never end well, this revelation may take a bit of the wind out of Harry’s sails when it comes to his memoir’s impact and may give Charles and William an excuse to finally but Harry and Meghan on the opposite side of the barristers table.
That would not bode well for Harry or Meghan.
Their penchant for lying and being unable to keep track of the truth is already beginning to impact their global integrity. The additional burden of a father suing his son over unsubstantiated malicious claims of racism is just icing on the cake.
It would also be a good comeuppance to Harry and Meghan, who have seemingly tried to make most of their money by suing any and everyone who steps out of line when it comes to Sussex coverage.
They need a taste of their own medicine, and if Andersen is successfully sued for slander, it should raise alarm bells with Harry’s publisher, who may think twice about including baseless allegations about any of the future kings of England.
Like the Queen said in her initial statement to Harry and Meghan, these allegations should have been dealt with within the family. Though the couple may have scored points with the progressive crowd and gained a brief period of sympathy, the more they annoy the public, lie in court and disrespect the Queen, their credibility continues to tank.