LONDON – Prince Charles’s spokesman has called allegations the heir to the throne discussing the potential skin tone of the children of Prince Harry and his future wife, Meghan Markle, “fiction.”
Charles reportedly wondered about the skin color of the couple’s future children over breakfast with his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the time of the couple’s engagement, according to “Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William,” Kate, Harry and Meghan ”, by longtime royal writer Christopher Andersen.
The book says Charles asked his wife, “What do you think their children’s skin tone might be?
The book says the comments were turned into something toxic by the royal advisers and shared with Harry and Meghan, who is biracial.
In an interview with NBC’s’ TODAY ‘on Monday, Andersen said:’ On the morning that Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced, in a very benign way, Prince Charles began to think about what might look like their future grandchildren. ”
Charles’s spokesman told reporters in Barbados that the claim “is fictional and not worth commenting on,” Reuters reported. Charles traveled to Barbados on Sunday to participate in celebrations marking his transition to a republic.
The New York Post reported the same comment through a spokesperson.
Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House did not respond to requests for comment. Representatives for Harry and Meghan declined to comment on the case.
Meghan and Harry, who tied the knot in May 2018, first made explosive statements about a skin tone question by a royal insider in their revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. At the time, Harry said the person asked how dark their first child Archie could be, Meghan said.
Harry told Winfrey, “Back then it was awkward. I was a little shocked. “
Neither Meghan nor Harry have disclosed who made the remarks. Winfrey clarified after the interview that they said it wasn’t the Queen or her late husband Prince Philip.
After the interview, Buckingham Palace released a rare statement saying the family were ‘saddened’ to learn of the challenges the couple faced and that the issues they raised about race were ‘concerning’.
“While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be treated by the family in private,” the statement said.
A few days later, during an official engagement, Prince William responded to a reporter’s question by saying: “We are really not a racist family. At the time, he said he had not yet spoken to his brother, “but I plan to do so.”
Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step down from their roles as royals in January 2020. At the time, details of their exact arrangement with the royal family were still being worked out, with the Queen acknowledging that ‘these were “complex issues”.
Andersen said multiple sources have verified the information in the book.
The book also details William’s concerns that Harry was rushing to marry Meghan, and he says William advised Harry to “take all the time you need to really get to know this girl.”
Harry would have reacted, “Who the hell do you think you are, brother?” ”
Before Harry stepped down from his royal role, British media widely reported that there was a rift between the brothers. The book says their relationship became more strained in December 2019, after Harry and Meghan chose to spend Christmas in Canada.
Before the Queen recorded her traditional Christmas message that year, which was televised on Christmas Day, she requested that a portrait of Harry, Meghan and Archie be removed, according to the book.
William was shocked when he saw the photo was missing and told his wife Harry would be “terribly upset”, according to the book.
“She loves all of her children and grandchildren, there’s no question about it,” Andersen said in “TODAY”. “But when it comes to business, as they call it in the royal family, it’s business. This is why she would not allow Harry and Meghan to remain as part-time royals on terms they wanted. “
A spokesperson for the Queen told the New York Post: “We do not comment on books like this because doing so risks giving them some form of authority or credibility. “