Omid Scobie previously said that no version of his book, Endgame, named King Charles III and Kate, Princess of Wales, as those who questioned Prince Archie's possible complexion. It has now been revealed that the author's U.K. agent did send a draft manuscript of the book to The Netherlands that named the monarch and future queen.
A source has that the Dutch translators, Saskia Peeters and Nellie Keukelaar-van Rijsbergern, may have ended up translating the draft and not a final, approved copy of the original English manuscript.
"As a translator, I translate what is in front of me. The names of the royals were there in black and white. I did not add them. I just did what I was paid to do, and that was translate the book from English into Dutch," Peeters stated.
"We are professionals, and we've done this for years, both of us. It's unfair," Keukelaar-van Rijsbergern further added in a statement.
"I wrote and edited the English version of the book with one publisher. That then gets licensed to other publishers, I obviously can't speak Italian, German, French, Dutch, or any of the other languages that come out. So the only time you hear about the book is once it's come out in the public domain. I'm as frustrated as everyone else. I make it very clear in this book that I, in every way possible, want to adhere to the laws surrounding this subject," Scobie told an outlet.
He continued: "It's why I've been very careful in how it's described in the book, and it's why I've never spoken about it beyond what I've said in the public domain before. The reality is though that this is information that is not privy just to me. Journalists across Fleet Street have known those names for a long time. We've all followed a certain code of conduct when it comes to talking about it."
Whether or not Scobie is telling a blatant lie when it comes to the revelation, the news has caused widescale controversy. The King and Princess of Wales have refused to comment on the details, and neither of the two senior royals are expected to speak about the claims in the future.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both been criticized for not commenting on the "translation error," especially since it was revealed in 2021 that Meghan collaborated with Scobie on his first book, Finding Freedom.
GBN reported on various statements.