Dutch publishers hit back at Omid Scobie's version of events amid royal naming row

Omid Scobie

Dutch publishers hit back at Omid Scobie's version of events amid royal naming row

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 09/12/2023

- 10:45

They have denied Scobie's telling, saying he is 'factually incorrect'

The Dutch publishers of Omid Scobie's book Endgame have slammed the author over his claims that they were to blame for the names two royals being named as alleged racists.

Publisher Xander Uitgevers has denied Scobie's claims, calling him to be "factually incorrect."

It comes as Scobie used a newspaper column to say that the publisher was sent one version of his book to work on with the understanding that the translation would be updated for a final version.

However, according to MailOnline, Xander Uitgevers has said they "do not recognize" the role Omid assigned to them over the row.

WATCH NOW: Britain's Newsroom panel discuss Omid Scobie's controversial book

A spokesman for the publisher Xander Uitgevers said: "Omid Scobie's explanation in his column in iNews about the Dutch editorial process of the Dutch edition of Endgame is factually incorrect and we do not recognize ourselves in his representation of the events.

"Xander Uitgevers is not allowed to say anything about the content, we therefore refer to the agent UTA."

It comes as Scobie had initially denied that he had revealed the names of the two royals in his much-criticised book.

However, he admitted yesterday for the first time in a newspaper column for The i that both names were in an early draft that he said had been written at 'lightning speed'.


Omid Scobie's book

Omid Scobie's book Endgame


Scobie said: "To be clear, the only publisher I worked directly with was the one covering the US and UK.

"I spent almost two months with independent British barristers and in-house legal counsel to ensure that every detail in the finished book was legally watertight.

"Unbeknownst to me at the time, early and uncleared text was provided to the Dutch publisher in order for them to start work on the translation, with the understanding that their translation would be updated to reflect the final version of the book I officially submitted."

Director at Xander Uitgevers Anke Roelen has called into question Scobie's statement, with copies of the Dutch version being pulled from bookstores across Holland.

The book was pulled after it named King Charles and Kate as the royals alleged to have asked what colour Prince Archie's skin might be.

Harry and Meghan

Neither Harry nor Meghan have commented publicly on the naming row


Scobie's controversial new book sold just under 6,500 copies in Britain.

Endgame, a follow-up to Scobie's 2020 book Finding Freedom, dropped to 215th on the Amazon bestseller list after just a week on the shelves.

Neither Harry nor Meghan commented publicly on the naming row but a source close to the Duchess of Sussex told MailOnline "it was not leaked to Scobie by anyone in her camp".

You may like