Charles’s remark on grandchildren’s skin color is “innocent,” says author
- A new book claims Prince Charles asked what the skin color of Harry and Meghan’s children would be.
- Author Christopher Andersen told Insider he thought it was an “innocent” comment.
- He said the remark was “twisted” by the palace courtiers into something sinister before it reached Harry.
The author of a new book on the royal family, which claims Prince Charles has previously asked about the skin tone of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children, told Insider he believes the comment is “innocent”.
Christopher Andersen, author of “Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan”, wrote in the book that Charles made the remark over breakfast with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, November 27. 2017.
On Monday, a day before the book’s release, Charles’s representatives at Clarence House released a statement to the New York Post calling it “fiction.” Representatives for Clarence House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Andersen, who previously worked as an editor for People Magazine and wrote six books on the Royal Family, told Insider that he thinks his sources for ‘Brothers and Wives’ are solid, and that “doesn’t surprise him. That Charles denied having made the comment.
“It’s standard procedure,” Andersen said. “I wish the palace would take the time to read the book and what it says.”
In the book, Andersen says Charles wondered aloud “what children would be like.” The author wrote that Camilla was “bewildered” and replied, “Absolutely beautiful, I’m sure,” before saying that Harry and Markle were a “wonderful” couple.
According to Andersen, Charles then lowered his voice and said he was referring to what she thought “children’s skin tone might be”.
Andersen told Insider the comment was overheard by courtiers, whom he calls the “men in gray” in the book. It was they, he said, who twisted the comment into something more sinister before it reached Harry a few days later.
“There is a huge generational difference in terms of interpretation,” said Andersen. “Charles’s statement to Camilla reflecting on what grandchildren might look like in the future, I think she is benign, innocent and has no real racial intent.”
“It just shows the toxicity inside the palace bureaucracy and the people there who could turn something like that into something sinister and turn things into weapons,” he added.
Meghan Markle’s ‘concerns and conversations’ comment referred to Charles, according to Andersen
Andersen said this incident was what Markle and Harry were referring to in one of the explosive moments in their March interview with Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Markle said some members of the British Royal Family had “concerns and conversations” about the color of her son Archie’s skin.
On March 9, two days after the interview aired, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the whole family were “saddened to learn how difficult the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan”.
“The issues raised, especially that of race, are cause for concern. Although some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be treated by the family in private,” he continued.
The author wrote that it ended up deepening the growing rift between Harry, Charles and Prince William. Andersen said an anonymous St. James Palace staff member told him Charles said Harry was “too sensitive about this” and that when he tried to ask for help of William, his brother sided with their father.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.