King Charles III made his first public comments since another royal race controversy erupted over Omid Scobie's book, Endgame. The monarch arrived in Dubai to attend the COP28 climate change summit, where he was asked by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria how he was doing.
"I'm all right, very much, just about. Having had a rather ancient birthday recently, [and I am] recovering from the shock of that," the King replied. Charles III has long been a champion of environmental concerns, with many speculating that attending the summit is something he holds very dear to his beliefs.
The sovereign's remarks come after the Dutch edition of the book contained a "translation error" that named the longstanding mystery royal "racist" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mentioned in their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. However, doubts were cast that this could have been the cause when another redacted page mentioned a second senior royal who allegedly questioned Prince Archie's potential skin color before his birth in 2019.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan revealed the two individuals — King Charles and Kate, Princess of Wales — on his program Piers Morgan Uncensored.
As The Royal Observer previously reported, the veteran journalist shared on his X profile: "I'm outraged too — that the rest of the British media hasn't done the same! Why should British people be barred from knowing what Dutch people know about OUR royal family?"
Although the news is generating headlines as a serious breach of etiquette on the part of translators, Scobie's credibility has also come under fire once again.
"I've not seen the Dutch publisher claim this is what happened. How can you mistranslate two names? It just doesn't make sense," royal expert Phil Dampier dished. "We have to take everything Omid Scobie says with a pinch of salt because he's not always told the truth in the past."
The royal commentator continued: "[It would] probably be best if a statement was put out clearing this up once and for all, but King Charles III and Prince William had 'maintained a dignified silence' through the Oprah Winfrey interview in March 2021, the Netflix documentary last December, Harry's memoir Spare in January and now this, and I can't see the policy changing."
The King, as well as no other senior member of the royal family, is expected to directly address the claims either in person or through statements or intermediaries. Talking openly about controversies or speculation about their lives or claims others make about them has never been observed in the British monarchy, and this course of action is never expected to change.
Daily Express reported on Charles III's comments.