The senior royal who infamously questioned what colour skin Meghan and Harry’s child would have has been identified in a new book.
On November 27, 2017, the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was announced at 5am. A few hours later, Prince Charles sat down for breakfast and mused to his wife, Camilla , “I wonder what the children will look like?”
Prince Charles and Camilla. Picture: Ahmed Hasan/AFPIn the March broadcast, Meghan said there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [their son, Archie’s] skin might be when he was born … Those were conversations that family had with Harry”.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.
Andersen points the finger at a group of high-level palace advisers known as the “Men in Grey”.“The question posed by Charles was being echoed in a less innocent way throughout the halls of Buckingham Palace,” Anderson writes, describing the whispers of an elitist clique called “the old boys’ network”. Their gossip focused on how the royals would “look to the rest of the world” once African-American blood became part of the mix.
The book also reveals Harry’s frustration after he complained to Charles, who, according to another insider, told the Prince he was being “overly sensitive about the matter”.This unsympathetic view was shared by Harry’s brother, William, who allegedly called the skin tone comment “tactless” but “not a sign of racism within the family”. headtopics.com
A spokesperson for Prince Charles told: “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan did not respond to requests for comment.According to Andersen, it’s not the only recent scandal in the House of Windsor. The journalist examines how Harry’s relatives worried about his rush to the altar and the alleged rift between Harry, William, and their respective spouses, Meghan and Kate.
The brothers are now reportedly ‘barely speaking’. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFPHe explains how the quartet, once nicknamed “The Fab Four” for their joint charity work, is now “barely speaking”.Andersen writes that the serious racism charge is the main cause of the schism between William and Harry. But the author also claims the situation was made worse by their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who poured fuel on the fire by making Harry feel “erased” by the royals.
According to the book, in December 2019, the monarch allegedly asked a film crew to remove a portrait of Harry, Meghan and Archie before she recorded her traditional Christmas message to the people of Britain and its Commonwealth countries.“[She] looked over the table where the photographs she had so lovingly selected were arranged,” Andersen writes, noting that a dazzling image of William, Kate and their children was featured in the collection. “All were fine but one, [the Queen] told the director.”
Per the author’s source, the nonagenarian pointed to the photo of Harry, Meghan and baby Archie and said: “That one. I suppose we don’t need that one.”A spokesperson for the Queen toldThe Post: “We don’t comment on books of this kind as to do so risks giving it some form of authority or credibility.” A representative for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had no comment. headtopics.com
According to the book, William, who watched the address with the rest of the family at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate, was aghast when he realised the photo was gone. He knew that Harry – who had snubbed his relatives by spending the holidays in Canada with Meghan, Archie and his mother-in-law – would be hurt.
The picture of the family of three was absent from the Queen’s address. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFPHe confided in Kate, explaining that his brother was likely to be “terribly upset,” and she told him to keep his concerns to himself, at least for the moment.
But the slight caused Harry to tell one of his closest friends that he “felt as if he, Meghan and Archie were being erased from the family” according to Andersen.Although the Queen is known to have a “soft spot” for Harry, the book alleges that her frosty gesture triggered his departure from royal life. In January 2020, Harry and Meghan quit the institution for good.
News of the break-up was leaked to the UK tabloids. In an attempt to get ahead of the news cycle, the Sussexes published a statement on their Instagram page on January 8, 2020, confirming the stories and their decision to leave.The message – which said they would “work to become financially independent” while continuing to “collaborate” with the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and “all relevant parties” – headtopics.com
blindsided the royals.According to household staff employed by William at the time, the second in line to the throne was incensed.“What the f**k do Harry and Meghan think they’re doing?” William said. “My father will be furious.”He was correct. Andersen writes that Camilla told a neighbour about Charles’s reaction to Megxit: “I have never seen him that angry before.”
Obstacles to loveMeghan and Harry started dating in July 2016. The actress, one of the stars of the TV legal dramaSuits, was on an extended trip to London when a friend set her up on a “blind date” with the Prince.Love quickly blossomed, with Harry extolling her virtues to his brother at every opportunity. Nevertheless, Harry had previously worried what William – who can be, Andersen writes, “very stiff” – would make of divorcee Meghan, fearing he’d think she was “an opportunist”.
According to Andersen, William and Kate became increasingly bothered by the stream of headlines coming out about Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, an outspoken retired TV lighting director who lived in Mexico.Unlike the older royals who seemed content to ignore anything awkward or uncomfortable, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the book claims, were also “alarmed” by the grim public warnings of
Meghan’s estranged half-siblings, Samantha and Thomas Jr – who predicted that Meghan would be a poisonous addition to the family.Thomas Jr was particularly adept at badmouthing his half-sister, telling reporters: “She is giving the best performance of her life.” In a snarky remark that must have stung William, Thomas Jr said: “She thinks she’s another Princess Diana.”
“I don’t know what to believe,” the book claims William told a member of his circle.He allegedly also raised red flags to his father, telling Charles that Harry’s obsession with Meghan was “like something I’d never seen.” William reportedly went on to say: “It feels like I have lost my best friend.”
Meanwhile, a smitten Harry, Andersen writes, became “angry” with anyone he perceived to be “against Meghan” – a reaction that came to a head when William suggested they shouldn’t rush into marriage.“Who the hell do you think you are?” was Harry’s raging response, according to the book. He was particularly insulted that William had drafted their uncle, Earl Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, to appeal to him to slow down the courtship.
Frosty relationship between brothersHarry and Meghan wed on May 19, 2018, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The pair now have two children Archie, 2, and Lilibet, who was born in June. They live in a $20.5 million mansion in Montecito, California – a stone’s throw away from Oprah Winfrey.
William and Harry, who had last seen each other before the beginning of the pandemicwere reunited under sad circumstancesin April. All eyes were on the princes when they attended the funeral of their 99-year-old grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh.Harry was reunited with his family at Prince Philip’s funeral earlier this year. Picture: Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images
While the brothers appeared friendly toward each other in front of the cameras, Andersen describes that dynamic as a front.“Unfortunately, the world had read too much into what was only a fleeting, cordial chat,” writes the author. After a meeting with William and Charles that “went nowhere,” Harry flew back to the US to be with his pregnant wife. He returned to the US one day before the Queen’s 95th birthday.
Then, on July 1, 2021, what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, the feuding brothers met once againin the gardens of her former home, Kensington Palace.The brothers at the unveiling of their mother’s statue. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images
This time, they kept more of a distance, gingerly pulling on two separate cords to unveil the memorial. As Andersen observes in his book: “When the moment came, it became quickly and painfully obvious that nothing has changed.”Perhaps it will be left to the women in their lives to kickstart the healing process. Kate sent notes and gifts to her sister-in-law after she gave birth to Lilibet, Andersen writes.
Earlier this year, when an admiring fan asked the future queen if she had any greetings for Meghan and Harry’s new daughter, Kate’s response was warm and gushing.“I wish her all the very best,” she said. “I can’t wait to meet her.”Andersen reveals in his book how Diana, the adored mother of William and Harry, was able to finally find peace and truly let go of any bitterness towards the royal family before her death.Read more: news.com.au »
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Ohh so you gotta buy the book to find out 😂😂 this 'woman' is a joke hahaha I’m red and my wife is Māori. Thank god my kids have her skin! 😌 우리를 햅시바라 부르시는 주님 메넹가이4_대부흥집회 MenengaiFour Prince Andrew hardly racist. a very normal thing to ask
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