Book Claims Prince Charles Questioned Archie's Complexion amid Online Speculation Following Oprah Interview

Laura Beatham
Nov 29, 2021
04:00 P.M.
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In 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stated that a royal family member made questionable remarks about their child's skin color, and now, a new book has allegedly revealed who it was. 


Former actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed their experiences living and working with Harry's royal family during an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2020. 

According to Prince Harry and Markle, while she was pregnant with the couple's first child, Archie, there were conversations in tandem that he would not be a prince, would not have royal security, and what he would look like. 

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son Archie during their royal tour of South Africa, 2019 [Left]. Prince Charles at the WaterAid water and climate event at Kings Place, 2020, London, England. | Photo: Getty Images


Furthermore, the Duchess of Sussex shared with the TV personality that one royal family member had "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born."

Winfrey was visibly astonished by the revelation, and when she tried to press Markle and Prince Harry about who made the comments, both declined to answer. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the University of Chichester's Engineering and Technology Park, 2018 Bognor Regis, England. | Photo: Getty Images


During a conversation with Gayle King, Winfrey said Prince Harry wanted her to know that the royal family member who queried Archie's race was neither Queen Elizabeth nor the late Prince Philip. 

After the tell-all interview was released on CBS, Twitter was abuzz with users sharing their opinions on what the Duke and Duchess said about the royal family. Regarding Markle's claim about concerns about Archie's skin tone, one user tweeted:

"Imagine how racist you gotta be to be worried about your 3/4ths white baby's skin tone."


Of course, the internet was also abuzz with people's theories and speculations about which royal family member, as Prince William said, had been so "tactless" to make the comments. Now, one author thinks he knows who the family member was.

Christopher Andersen has released a book called "Brothers and Wives: Inside The Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan." He wrote that the royal responsible for Archie's skin tone comments was Prince Charles.


 Andersen wrote that a "well-placed" source stated that on the day of Markle and Prince Harry's official engagement announcement, Prince Charles asked his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, what the couple's children might look like. 

The source said the Duchess of Cornwall looked taken aback by her husband's comments but stated the children would be gorgeous. Prince Charles allegedly responded:

"I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?"

Shortly after reports about Andersen's book and the claim made headlines, the Prince of Wales's spokesman told reporters that it was fiction and not worth any comment.  

Andersen's book and the claims his source made have not been confirmed. It seems no other royal family member has commented on the situation thus far.