The royal family has put on a united front for a formal ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a week after King Charles and Catherine, the Princess of Wales were implicated in a race row.
A Dutch edition of Endgame by Omid Scobie named Charles and Kate as the two royals who allegedly made comments about what colour the skin of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie might be before he was born.
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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made the now-famous claim in a bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, but she didn’t name names.
And neither, claims Omid Scobie, did he.
The author claims he had no idea that a non-redacted version of his book existed, staunchly denying that any family member’s name had made it into the published copy.
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Thousands of copies of the Dutch version of the book had to be pulled, but the damage was done outside the Netherlands after TV presenter Piers Morgan went ahead and named Charles and Kate to put an end to the speculation.
Buckingham Palace has not commented publicly on the Scobie scandal but is understood to be “considering all options” when it comes to taking legal action.
“Discussions are being had, and we’ll continue those discussions this week, but not in a crisis talks manner,” a source close to the palace told the UK Telegraph.
“Conversations will be had and decisions made with care and time and professionalism rather than rushed over a weekend.”
It was business as usual on Tuesday night as King Charles, Queen Camilla, Kate and William welcomed international guests for the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Camilla, King Charles, Princess Catherine and Prince William. Credit: @theroyalfamily/Instagram
“This evening, The King and Queen, accompanied by The Prince and Princess of Wales, welcomed the world’s ambassadors to Buckingham Palace,” two images posted to the official Royal Family Instagram account were captioned.
“Hosted annually, the Diplomatic Reception celebrates London as home to one of the largest Diplomatic Corps in the world.”
The monarchy donned its best finery for the reception, with Kate looking especially dazzling in a sequinned pink Jenny Packham gown.
She also wore a diamond-encrusted Lover’s Knot tiara — one of Princess Diana’s favourite pieces, which was created by the House of Gerrard for Queen Mary in 1914.
Camilla also dialled up the glamour quotient, wearing a cream-coloured embroidered gown designed by Fiona Clare.
Catherine, the Princess of Wales, greets guests at Buckingham Palace. Credit: @theroyalfamily /Instagram
Earlier in the day, Princess Kate spoke to children and hugged their parents as she visited a children’s hospital in London.
Unexpectedly, Prince William popped up at a Tesco store in west London, where he helped to sell copies of The Big Issue to shocked shoppers.
Big Issue vendor Dave Martin told the Daily Mail UK that Prince William was “a very nice man”.
“William came down in the morning and helped me sell some magazines,” he said.
“Helping me sell the magazines was a kind gesture.
“It’s very good that he’s helping the homeless.
“You can tell he does it because he cares.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 5, 2023 in London. Credit: Getty Images
Meghan and Harry have not commented on the Endgame scandal, but on Monday the Duchess, 42, 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 around $9000 — a gift from King Charles ahead of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
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