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Omid Scobie's Agent Accused of Sending Manuscript Naming 'Royal Racists' for Dutch Translation, Buckingham Palace Mulls Legal Action
.This revelation contradicts the assertions made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's vocal supporter, who had previously claimed that he had 'never submitted a book that had those names in it.' According to The Times, United Talent Agency sent a draft version, containing the names, to the publisher Xander Uitgevers, but a subsequent final proof was sent. However, the translator worked from the earlier version, leading to the controversial inclusion of the names.
Amidst the turmoil, Buckingham Palace is now contemplating legal action following the identification of King Charles and the Princess of Wales as the senior royals allegedly involved in comments about Archie's skin color. Scobie, aged 42, has refrained from issuing an apology, attributing the incident to the Dutch publisher and maintaining that the names were already known. Dutch translator Saskia Peeters emphasized that she faithfully translated what was in front of her, stating, "The names of the royals were there in black and white. I did not add them."
The saga continues as Buckingham Palace considers various options, including the possibility of legal recourse. Discussions are currently underway between Buckingham Palace officials and Prince William's aides to address the fallout from the racism accusations. Charles, who is reportedly taking the matter 'very seriously,' plans to discuss the situation with senior advisers, aiming for a measured and careful response.
Despite Scobie's refusal to issue an apology during an appearance on Newsnight, the controversy has extended beyond the UK. The book has been temporarily withdrawn from shelves in the Netherlands. While Scobie initially blamed a 'translation error,' Piers Morgan mocked the excuse, revealing the inclusion of Charles and Kate's names on his Talk TV show. Morgan, skeptical of the racism allegations, insisted on evidence before believing them.
As Buckingham Palace investigates a potential leak regarding letters between King Charles and Meghan Markle, the scandal adds further pressure to the already strained relationships within the royal family. The high-profile exclusion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the Duke of Westminster's wedding further underscores the intensifying tensions.
Amidst the ongoing storm, Scobie remains defiant, expressing his hurt and frustration but refusing apologies. The situation unfolds as the Palace navigates discussions with care and professionalism, aiming to make decisions in due course rather than rushing over a weekend. The scandal, which Scobie insists is not a publicity stunt, has kept "Endgame" in the headlines, with excerpts published ahead of its release, generating prolonged public scrutiny.
The controversy has now not only captivated the UK but has also resonated globally, placing the royal family under increasing scrutiny. The Dutch translator, Saskia Peeters, and her colleague Nellie Keukelaar-van Rijsbergern, highlighted their professionalism, denying any responsibility for the inclusion of names. Peeters emphasized, "As a translator, I translate what is in front of me. The names of the royals were there in black and white. I did not add them."
As the scandal deepens, Piers Morgan, a prominent media figure, has joined the fray, questioning the veracity of the racism allegations. On his Talk TV show, Morgan revealed that Charles and Kate's names were in the book, but he expressed skepticism, stating, "Because I don't believe any racist comments were ever made by any of the Royal Family, and until there is actual evidence of those comments being made, I will never believe it."
The situation has evolved into a complex web of accusations, denials, and potential legal actions, casting a shadow over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's controversial exit from royal duties. The exclusion of the Sussexes from the high society wedding of the Duke of Westminster adds another layer to the unfolding drama. The Duke, reportedly wanting to invite the Sussexes, decided against it to avoid clashes on his big day amid soaring tensions between the royals following the release of Scobie's book.
In the midst of the ongoing storm, Omid Scobie has been accused of acting as a 'mouthpiece' for the Sussexes, an allegation he vehemently denies. On X, formerly Twitter, he wrote, 'I'm not 'Meg's pal.' Sources close to the Duchess of Sussex, who allegedly wrote down the names of the two family members in letters to King Charles, have insisted that she 'never intended for them to be publicly identified.'
The scandal, which Scobie has been forced to insist was not a publicity stunt, has kept "Endgame" in the headlines for more than a week, with excerpts published in the days before its release in a French magazine. The most eye-catching extract, serialized in Paris Match, claimed that there was a second so-called 'royal racist' - after Harry and Meghan alluded to a member of the Royal Household expressing discomfort over Archie's skin color in 2021.
They told Oprah Winfrey in their much-vaunted interview a year after they quit royal duties that there had been conversations about 'how dark' Archie's skin would be when he was born. However, she did not name the member of the household, saying at the time: 'I think that would be very damaging to them.' The names did not appear in the English edition of the book when it was released on Tuesday. Scobie had written a paragraph in which he said he could not name them under UK law.
While Scobie expresses his hurt and frustration, refusing to apologize, the situation continues to unfold, with Buckingham Palace navigating discussions with care and professionalism. Decisions will be made with time and care rather than rushed over a weekend, according to a source close to the Palace.
As the scandal reverberates globally, the scrutiny intensifies on the royal family, raising questions about the veracity of the allegations and the potential impact on the delicate dynamics within the monarchy. The ongoing investigation into a possible leak from Buckingham Palace adds another layer of complexity to the unfolding drama. The coming days are poised to bring further developments, and the royal family finds itself navigating uncharted waters in the face of mounting challenges.