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Who is Omid Scobie and why is a royal accused of asking about Archie's skin colour?
29 November 2023, 00:19
Omid Scobie has begun a barrage of controversies with the publication of his new book Endgame.
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But among the most prominent is his claim a royal asked about Archie's skin colour.
And now, a publisher has had to pull the sale of the Dutch language copy after a name of a royal was printed in the passage about that alleged episode - with Scobie having said he would not name them due to libel laws.
Here is everything you need to know about this royal row.
Who is Omid Scobie?
Scobie has covered the royals extensively and travelled with Harry, Meghan, William and Kate, according to his royal editor-at-large biography on Harper's Bazaar.
He is routinely reported as being close to the Sussexes. He published Finding Freedom, covering Harry and Meghan, in the wake of "Megxit".
The 42-year-old's depicitons of the Sussexes is usually positive. Recent headlines on the couple for Harper's Bazaar include "Inside Prince Harry’s “Very Special” Visit to London, Where He Honored His Grandmother" and "Prince Harry and Meghan Make Rare Video Appearance to Help Young Leaders".
His most recent piece on the site features a black and white photo of Kate Middleton as the thumbnail, with the headline: "We Know So Little About Princess Kate. That's By Design."
What is the race row surrounding Archie?
After Megxit, the Sussexes carried out an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
It was claimed a royal had asked about what Archie's skin colour might be when he was born.
But Meghan refused to name the royal, saying she wanted to avoid "damaging" them.
Harry would later deny his family is racist but said there is an element of "unconscious bias" at play.
However, Scobie has now claimed he knows the name of the royal after they were named in correspondence between Meghan and the King.
Does Omid Scobie's Endgame reveal the royal?
Scobie has refused to name the royal, citing the possibility of being sued.
But he has also claimed a second person in the royal household echoed the remarks about Archie's skin colour.
While the book discusses Meghan's correspondence, he has not named them. However, it has emerged a name has been printed in the Dutch language version of Endgame.
That has led to it being pulled from the shelves at the last minute.
A spokesperson for Dutch publisher Xander said: "[We are] temporarily withdrawing the book by Omid Scobie from sale. An error occurred in the Dutch translation and is currently being rectified."
Scobie denied he was responsible, telling Dutch TV: "The book is in several languages, and unfortunately I do not speak Dutch. But if there are translation errors, I'm sure the publishers will have it under control.
"I wrote and edited the English version. There's never been no version that I've produced that has names in it."
What have the royals said?
In similar fashion to how they have dealt with claims raised by the Sussexes, the Palace has not responded directly to the accusations.
This has previously been referred to as a "dignified silence".
But the late Queen did respond to the original claims raised about a royal's remarks over Archie's skin.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately," she said.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."