Omid Scobie's Endgame has been pulled from bookshelves across The Netherlands, as that nation's edition apparently revealed the name of the mysterious "royal racist" who questioned Prince Archie's skin color.
"I can’t talk about the details," a representative for the book's publishing house told an outlet.
"We have, however, received a request to put the title on hold, and that is what we have done. We are awaiting further instructions. I do not know how long this will be," the spokesperson added.
Further reports suggest the Dutch edition named "two royal racists" and the reveal was somehow a "translation error," which is not going over well with some royal commentators who questioned the news.
Royal expert Phil Dampier dished that he found it "very hard to believe that this error occurred due to a problem with the translation," while veteran royal reporter Michael Cole believes the spill is nothing more than a "publicity stunt" on Scobie's part to drive more attention toward the tome to increase sales.
"Having only written and edited the English version of Endgame, I can only comment on that manuscript, which does not name the two individuals who took part in the conversation. I'm happy to hear that the error in the translation of the Dutch edition book is being fixed," the author told an outlet when discussing the error.
The book's publisher further added in a statement: "The rectified edition of Eindstrijd by Omid Scobie will be in bookstores on Friday 8 December. Xander Uitgevers temporarily removed the book from sale due to an error that occurred in the Dutch edition."
Although the news is generating headlines as a serious breach of etiquette on the part of translators, Omid Scobie's credibility is also being dissected as a counter-argument.
"I've not seen the Dutch publisher claim this is what happened. How can you mistranslate two names? It just doesn't make sense," Dampier added. "We have to take everything Omid Scobie says with a pinch of salt because he's not always told the truth in the past."
"In Endgame, it states that two members of the royal family were involved in the matter, which, on Oprah, was so toxic, discussing how dark Archie's skin color would be. Scobie says British legal restrictions prevent him from naming who they are," royal journalist Richard Fitzwilliams observed.
He continued: "This surely implies he would if he could, despite Harry withdrawing the allegations of racism and substituting the charge of unconscious bias against the royals involved. It also implies he has seen the letters between Charles and Meghan, and only the Sussexes could have shown those to him."
Various online forums and discussion groups claimed that King Charles III and Kate, Princess of Wales, are the two names mentioned as the "royal racists" in the Dutch version of Endgame.
Daily Mail reported on the expert opinions.