Meghan Markle’s close friend Omid Scobie today alleged that the Royal Family had ‘several’ conversations about Archie’s skin colour before his birth and were ‘unsympathetic’ to the couple’s complaints.
Mr Scobie also revealed that the Duchess of Sussex wants to fly back to the UK with her husband to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next summer – but had no intention of visiting this month because of the birth of their daughter Lilibet.
The Sussexes’ preferred royal reporter, who co-wrote their biography Finding Freedom, was speaking at an event at the Foreign Press Association in London where he made more incendiary comments about the Queen and including racism and ‘unconscious bias’ against Meghan in the family.
Harry and Meghan have been accused of causing a rift with the Windsors after dropping a series of damaging transatlantic ‘truth bombs’ about royal life, including claims to that one senior royal asked how dark Archie’s skin would be, before he was born.
But according to people at today’s FPA event, including award-winning , Mr Scobie claims that Harry’s family had known about this comment but were ‘unsympathetic’ to the couple’s complaints.
Other conversations followed the first one and it became ‘a much bigger issue’ because Harry and Meghan suspected it was ‘not just this one person’ who was worried about how dark Archie’s skin would be, he said.
‘There was one conversation that took place that affected them massively, when it came to someone within the royal family sharing concerns over the colour of Archie’s skin, ‘ Mr Scobie said.
‘To Harry I can see how it is one conversation, to Meghan who would have been involved in the follow up conversations I can see – because there were other people aware of this conversation within the family and within the institution, that did also speak about it, some not so sympathetically.
‘So you then are in a position where you start to feel well its not just this one person, it’s others as well and it becomes a much bigger issue.’
Mr Scobie said ‘pass’ when queried if he knew who made the initial remark about skin colour, saying he only had one source and would not write about it because he had not verified with multiple contacts. He said it was a story for the couple to share should they ever want.
But cryptically he said: ‘And at the time, the biggest conversation was ‘did this come from a senior member of the royal family, a future head of state?’. If that individual is a head of state, then we as a public have a right to know because of course that is someone that is our head of state, head of the Commonwealth. And if they have an issue with race, we should know.’
Speaking to Oprah the Duchess of Sussex also accused the institution of not helping her when she was suicidal and pregnant with Archie.
The Queen responded by saying the issues were taken ‘very seriously’ but that ‘some recollections may vary’ and the matter would addressed by the family privately.
Mr Scobie hit out today and said the Queen’s statement ‘cleverly using the phrase recollections may vary’ to ‘cast doubts on Harry and Meghan’s version of events but didn’t denounce racism in any way whatsoever’.