Two senior royals accused of having ‘concerns’ about Archie’s skin colour named on UK TV

Harry and Meghan and Omid Scobie

Two senior royals accused of having ‘concerns’ about Archie’s skin named on UK TV

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Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 30/11/2023

- 08:00

Updated: 30/11/2023

- 09:49

The two senior royals allegedly involved in the scandal were named on television last night for the first time

Two senior royals accused of having “concerns” about Archie’s skin colour have been named on British television.

Meghan Markle first brought the allegations to light during her interview with Oprah in 2021 but did not name them over fears it would “damage” the Firm.

According to the Duchess of Sussex, there were “several conversations” with the Royal Family about “how dark” Archie’s skin would be.

It emerged on Tuesday that Omid Scobie’s new book Endgame had named the two royals involved in the scandal due to an “error” in the Dutch translation of the book.

WATCH HERE: Dutch royal reporter who discovered two names of alleged royal racists claims it was ‘NOT a translation error’

The alleged racists who had not been named publicly were later identified by Piers Morgan on television last night.

Royal commentators have condemned Morgan over the decision to name the royals, branding it the “wrong thing to do”.

Other critics labelled the stunt as “shameful”, “spiteful” and “nasty”.

Sources close to the Firm told the Mirror that the palace was in “utter dismay” after the names were released to the public.

Omid ScobieTwo members of the Royal Family have been named as the 'royal racists' in a Dutch translation of Omid Scobie's book.ABC

On his show, Morgan attempted to justify the decision by arguing he was reacting to the “witch hunt” started by Harry and Meghan’s comments without giving context.

Following the allegations on Oprah, the Royal Family released a statement saying the allegations were concerning but that “recollections may vary”.

Morgan continued by claiming the release of the names would enable the British public to have a “more open debate about this whole farrago”.

He added: “Because I don't believe any racist comments were ever made by any of the Royal Family, and until there is actual evidence of those comments being made, I will never believe it.

“But now we can start the process of finding out if they ever got uttered, what the context was, and whether there was any racial intent at all – like I say, I don't believe there was.”

Prince Archie

The identity of the royals who voiced "concerns" about Archie's skin colour were revealed last night


Following the identification of the alleged royals, commentator Angela Levin said it was only “helping” Harry and Meghan.

“I think it's the wrong thing to do, because that, in a way, is helping Harry and Meghan to smirch the royals... to punish the royals and humiliate them,” she told Mail Online.

She added that Buckingham Palace will be “horrified” by Morgan's comments.

“It's just so unnecessary and spiteful and nasty,” she added.

“I think it's very wrong of him to name it.”

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams agreed with Levin that Morgan “should not have named them” adding “the circumstances of this are extremely serious”.

He also told MailOnline: “To suddenly seize the nation's attention and propel yourself forward in this way, I think, is absolutely shameful, and it just shows that certain individuals would do anything to get publicity.”

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