Buckingham Palace is contemplating potential action following the inclusion of King Charles III and Catherine, Princess of Wales in the Dutch edition of a recent book, where they are named as the senior royals accused of expressing concerns about Prince Archie's potential skin colour.

In a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the world was shocked as the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry discussed their experiences as part of the royal family.

The duchess alleged that there were “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” their son’s skin may be before his birth.

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She refused to reveal who had made the comments, as she claimed it would be “very damaging to them” and she was not comfortable naming them.

This claim has remained unverified since and nothing has emerged that has substantiated its authenticity.

The day following the interview’s release, Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen.

Harry and Meghan
Harry and Meghan

“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

Now, the discussion around the topic has reemerged as the names of the two senior royals were mentioned in relation to it in the Dutch version of E ndgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival By Omid Scobie.

Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort begin their journey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach
Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort begin their journey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach

Mr Scobie, a noted royal journalist, insisted on Thursday that he had "never submitted a book that had their names in it" and that he was "frustrated" by the incident.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, he insisted: "I have never submitted a book that had their names in it."

Speaking on Dutch chat show RTL Boulevard, he denied naming the individual in his book.

He said: “The book is in several languages, and unfortunately I do not speak Dutch. But if there are translation errors, I’m sure the publishers will have it under control.

"I wrote and edited the English version. There’s never been no version that I’ve produced that has names in it.”

According to ITV, a royal source today suggested the palace is considering “all options” after the names appeared in the book.

Neither Buckingham Palace nor Kensington Palace have made an official response.

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