Omid Scobie opens up on ‘upsetting’ revelation about Harry and William’s relationship
King Charles and the Princess of Wales were named as the royals accused of raising questions about the skin colour of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son before he was born.
TV host Piers Morgan defended his decision to identify the two members of the royal family at the centre of the furore, saying it was “blindingly obvious” they were not guilty of racism.
The Dutch version of Endgame was pulled from the shelves, the publisher dismissing the edition containing the names as a “translation error”.
Mr Scobie told Newsnight it was not for him to apologise because he still wanted to know what had happened.
“The buck doesn’t stop with me because there are irresponsible people in this country who’ve broken the law and repeated names that should never have been repeated, should never have been named,” he said.
“The book I edited and signed off on did not have names in it.”
King Charles and PM avoid addressing royal race row at Cop28
King Charles and Rishi Sunak have both avoided addressing the matter of Omid Scobie’s book Endgame while speaking at the Cop28 climate summit.
King Charles was seen for the first time this morning since the book named him and the Princess of Wales as the royals who allegedly made racist comments about Archie’s skin colour before he was born.
Charles said at the opening of the World Climate Action Summit on Friday that despite some progress, “transformational action” was needed as the dangers of climate change are “no longer distant risks”.
He made no mention of the ongoing controversy in his speech.
Prime minister Rishi Sunak also steered clear of commenting on a royal race row as he heaped praise on the King for his involvement in international climate talks.
Asked about the controversy, Mr Sunak told reporters: “By longstanding and appropriate convention it wouldn’t be right for me to talk about the royal family in any way shape or form.”
Athena Stavrou1 December 2023 09:24
Watch: Piers Morgan names alleged royal racists named in Omid Scobie’s book Endgame
Piers Morgan names alleged royal racists named in Omid Scobie’s book Endgame
Athena Stavrou1 December 2023 08:44
King Charles adresses COP 28 amid book racism row
King Charles is addressing the COP 28 climate conference in Dubai – his first public appearance since Omid Scobie’s book Endgame was released.
The King was named in the Dutch translation of the book as one of the royals accused of raising questions about the skin colour of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son before he was born.
He has steered clear of the topic in his speech so far and said the dangers of climate change “are no longer distant risks”.
Athena Stavrou1 December 2023 08:42
Still no response from the palace
The Royal Family has still not broken their silence on the publication of Omid Scobie’s book Endgame.
King Charles and the Princess of Wales were named on Wednesday as the royals accused of raising questions about the skin colour of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son before he was born.
The princess was joined by Prince Williamon on the red carpet at the Royal Variety Performance last night. The couple put on a united front as they held hands outside the event, which is their first public appearance since the book hit the shelves.
Mr Scobie has refused to apologise for the “translation error” in the Dutch version of his book.
Athena Stavrou1 December 2023 08:17
Kate and William in united front at Royal Variety show amid racism storm
The Princess of Wales dazzled at the Royal Variety Performance last night as she and Prince William brushed off the fallout from the royal race row after the publication of Omid Scobie’s book Endgame.
She was joined on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall by Prince William, putting on a united front as they held hands outside the event.
It is their first public appearance since royal reporter Scobie’s book Endgame hit shelves on Tuesday.
Singer Paloma Faith said William and Kate seemed calm when they spoke with her after she sang at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday night, and quipped they were not bothered by her going barefoot.
Athena Stavrou1 December 2023 07:43
Jane Dalton1 December 2023 07:00
‘The real royal villain is William’
Anna Pasternak’s review of Endgame:
It’s the eagerly awaited inside story of royal rivalries at the heart of the House of Windsor, and Anna Pasternak, the first to review it, discovers that the author with unique access to Harry and Meghan is unafraid of burning bridges to reveal his truth about the state of the monarchy
Jane Dalton1 December 2023 04:50
Opinion: Count on Scobie to be an unreliable narrator
Royal biographer Hugo Vickers says the writer has built his reputation on getting things wrong:
Jane Dalton1 December 2023 04:00
Lawyer challenges Harry and Meghan to seek injunction
Endgame claims the names of the two royals were discussed in letters exchanged between the Duchess of Sussex and the King.
Media lawyer Mark Stephens called on the Sussexes to take legal action to prevent their distribution.
Mr Stephens said: “If Harry and Meghan are really interested in privacy, as they profess, it is pretty surprising that they haven’t sought an injunction to prevent this information being revealed further either by Omid Scobie or anyone else.”
Jane Dalton1 December 2023 03:00
Translator says names were there in English
The translator of the book’s Dutch version says the edition was a straight translation from English, and no names were added.
“The names of the royals were there in black and white. I did not add them,” they told MailOnline.
“I just did what I was paid to do and that was translate the book from English into Dutch.”
Jane Dalton1 December 2023 02:00