Controversial author Omid Scobie has admitted that he did name the alleged “racist royals” in an early edition of his bombshell book Endgame.
Dutch copies of the book had to be pulled after King Charles and Catherine, Princess of Wales were named as the two royals Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, referred to in an interview with Oprah Winfrey about “unconscious bias” within the family.
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In the interview, Meghan alleged that two different royals had questioned what the colour of her firstborn son Archie might be, but never named names.
After initially claiming that in no version of his book were those royals named, Scobie has now backtracked.
In a new piece for I News online, the 42-year-old author admitted that early versions of the book did indeed contain the two names, but he had “edited” them out for the final version.
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He went on to claim that Dutch publishers had received the “early and uncleared” text, rather than the final edited version.
“To be clear, the only publisher I worked directly with was the one covering the US and the UK,” he wrote.
“I spent almost two months with independent British barristers and an in-house legal counsel to ensure that every detail in the finished book was legally watertight.”
Omid Scobie and his new book Endgame. Credit: Sunrise
He went on to explain that, unbeknown to him, the earlier version of the text was provided to the Dutch publishers so they could get to work on the translation, “with the understanding that their translation would be updated to reflect the final version of the book I officially submitted”.
The same process was undertaken in countries including France and Italy, with no problem, Scobie wrote.
“What I can be sure of is that I edited carefully, took independent legal advice, and the finished book that I submitted was not the version published in the Netherlands.,” he added.
Neither of the royals named in the Dutch edition of the book have commented publicly on the allegations or the furore surrounding the book.
However, Charles, Camilla, Catherine and William presented a united front after the scandal broke, appearing together in a formal photograph taken at Buckingham Palace during an event to welcome international diplomats.
Queen Camilla, King Charles, Princess Catherine and Prince William pose for a formal portrait. Credit: Instagram/@theroyalfamily
Scobie’s book contains a number of other bombshell allegations, including that Prince William ignored frantic texts from younger brother Prince Harry as the latter was scrambling to get to Scotland before his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, died.
He even claimed there was a growing rift between King Charles and Prince William, who is next in line to the throne.
“(William) is not giving his father the same space (that) Charles did with the Queen,” Scobie wrote.
According to Scobie, however, the relationship between Charles and Harry and Meghan is not quite as dire as some might imagine.
In Endgame, he writes that Charles and Meghan are in contact, with the now US-based couple sending a sweet video of Archie and Lilibet singing Happy Birthday to the King on his 75th birthday.
King Charles, left, and Harry and Meghan. Credit: Getty Images
Meghan and Harry have not commented on the Endgame scandal.
However, Meghan recently appeared in public wearing a significant item of jewellery that may indicate a willingness to make peace with the rest of the royal family.
She was photographed in Santa Barbara wearing a Bentley & Skinner diamond tennis bracelet worth about $9000 — a gift from King Charles ahead of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
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