New book names senior royal it claims questioned Archie's skin tone

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made headlines earlier this year when they claimed a senior royal voiced concerns over their son Archie's skin tone before he was born.

During Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex claimed a member of the royal family shared concerns about the colour of Archie's skin.

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A new book has claimed to know the senior royal who infamously questioned Archie's skin tone when Meghan Markle was pregnant. Photo: Getty

Meghan referenced a conversation about Archie's skin tone that Harry had been involved in, with Oprah responding: "Who is having that conversation with you?"

She refused to tell the host who it was with, saying it would be 'damaging' for that person.

"That was relayed to me by Harry that was conversations family had with him," she clarified.

"Was the concern he would be too brown?" Oprah asked.

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"I wasn't able to follow up why, but if that's the assumption you're making it feels like a pretty safe one," she responded.

Now, author Christopher Andersen claims in his book Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, out November 30, that a source told him Harry's own father, Prince Charles, made a comment on his future grandchildren.

The New York Post shared that following Harry and Meghan's engagement on November 27, 2017, Charles sat down for breakfast with his wife Camilla and allegedly said: "I wonder what the children will look like?"

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie
Meghan Markle revealed earlier this year that a senior royal expressed concerns over Archie's skin ton Photo: Getty

Camilla was reportedly "somewhat taken aback" by the question and responded, "Well, absolutely gorgeous, I'm certain."

According to the book, Charles then lowered his voice and asked: "I mean, what do you think their children's complexion might be?"

Christopher, however, doesn't suggest Charles is the unnamed "senior royal" whom Meghan and Harry were referring to during their interview.

Instead, he claims that perhaps Charles' question was twisted by "scheming courtiers" to give it a racist spin, so that when Harry and Meghan heard about it it "reached peak toxicity".

"The question posed by Charles was being echoed in a less innocent way throughout the halls of Buckingham Palace," Christopher writes, taking aim at a group of high-level palace advisors known as the "Men in Grey".

The book alleges Prince Charles made a comment to wife Camilla about his future grandchildren's skin tone. Photo: Getty
The book alleges Prince Charles made a comment to wife Camilla about his future grandchildren's skin tone. Photo: Getty
The author has also claimed the feud between Harry and William became worse when their grandmother, the Queen, made Harry feel
The author has also claimed the feud between Harry and William became worse when their grandmother, the Queen, made Harry feel "erased" by the royals. Photo: Getty

The book also suggests Harry was frustrated after he complained to Charles, who, according to another source, told the Duke he was being "overly sensitive about the matter".

Prince William reportedly shared the unsympathetic view and allegedly called the skin tone comment "tactless" but "not a sign of racism within the family".

A spokesperson for Prince Charles told The Post, however: "This is fiction and not worth further comment."

It's believed Prince Charles has reportedly “called in lawyers” over the claims made in the book.

The author has also claimed the feud between Harry and William became worse when their grandmother, the Queen, made Harry feel "erased" by the royals.

The book alleges in December 2019, Her Majesty asked a film crew to remove a portrait of Harry, Meghan and Archie before she recorded her traditional Christmas message.

A spokesperson for the Queen told the publication: "We don’t comment on books of this kind as to do so risks giving it some form of authority or credibility."

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