More than two years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent shockwaves through the monarchy when they spoke of their disgust at "concerns and conversations" over the colour of son Prince Archie's skin.

Ever since, they've refused to name who had these "concerns and conversation" but now that is back under the spotlight thanks to a new book called Endgame by royal biographer Omid Scobie. The English-language version of the book does not name those in question.

However, a Dutch version appears to name two people who are said to have made the comments. Here we look back at everything that has been said about the royal race row...

Meghan's bombshell claim

The first time it was claimed that comments were made about Archie's skin colour was back in March 2021 when Harry and Meghan sat down for a tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey. For the first part of the interview, Meghan talked to Oprah alone when the conversation turned to claims that the Firm did not want to make Archie a prince at the time he was born. Oprah asked Meghan: "Why do you think that is? Do you think it’s because of his race?"

Meghan during her tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey

Eventually Meghan replied: "I can give you an honest answer. In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time . . . so we have in tandem the conversation of 'He won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

After Oprah exclaimed: "What?", Meghan continued saying there had been a conversation with Harry about how dark Archie would be and "what that would mean or look like". Oprah added: "And you're not going to tell me who had the conversation?" To which Meghan replied: "I think that would be very damaging to them."

Oprah added: "Okay. So, how does one have that meeting?" And Meghan said: "That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him."

Harry's comments to Oprah

Later in the interview, the two women were joined by Harry and Oprah asked: Meghan shared with us that there was a conversation with you about Archie's skin tone. What was that conversation?"

Harry replied: "That conversation I’m never going to share, but at the time, at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked." Oprah probed: "Can you tell us what the question was? But Harry replied: "No. I don’t. I’m not comfortable with sharing that. But that was, that was right at the beginning, right?"

Harry later joined Meghan to chat to Oprah (
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When Oprah asked if it was "what will the kids look like?" Harry explained: "But that was right at the beginning, when she wasn't going to get security, when members of my family were suggesting that she carries on acting, because there was not enough money to pay for her, and all this sort of stuff. Like, there was some real obvious signs before we even got married that this was going to be really hard."

Royal response

In the days after the interview, Buckingham Palace released a short statement, which read: "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.

"Whilst 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." Elsewhere on a royal engagement after the interview, Prince William was asked by a reporter: "Is the royal family a racist family, sir? to which he quickly replied: "We're very much not a racist family.

Harry's sensational denial

Claims about comments regarding Archie's skin were not brought up in either Harry and Meghan's Netflix series released in December 2022 or in Harry's bombshell memoir, Spare. However, while promoting Spare in an interview on ITV in January, he was pressed on the claims.

During the interview ITV News at Ten host Tim Bradby said to Harry: "In the Oprah interview you accused members of your family of racism", but the Duke snapped back: saying "no I didn't", adding "the British press said that". In a further snipe at his family, Harry denied he'd "describe that as essentially racist", retorting: "I wouldn’t, not having lived within that family."

Harry in an interview with ITV's Tom Bradby in January (

Harry once again refused to name the individual concerned, saying: "The difference between racism and unconscious bias, the two things are different.

"But once it's been acknowledged, or pointed out to you as an individual, or as an institution, that you have unconscious bias, you therefore have an opportunity to learn and grow from that in order so that you are part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Otherwise unconscious bias then moves into the category of racism."

Letter revelation

Fast-forward to the publication of royal biographer Omid Scobie's book earlier this week, where in it, he claims Meghan named two members of the Firm who made the comments in private letters she wrote to King Charles.

The letters Meghan wrote to Charles are said to have been sent in the spring of 2021, after she and Harry spoke to Oprah. The book claims the King is said to have wanted his return letters to express how he felt no "casual prejudice" had been involved. But the names of those involved in the English version of the book were not revealed. The author Mr Scobie claims that he knows the names but "laws in the United Kingdom prevent me from reporting who they were."

Translation row

However, just yesterday, it was revealed copies of the controversial book on the monarchy were pulled in Holland after it appeared to name the "royal racist". A page taken from a review copy of the book sent to Dutch journalists appeared to contain the identity of the royal who allegedly made the remarks.

And today, it emerged another entire passage which appears in the Dutch version of Endgame appears to reveal the names of the two royals at the centre of Meghan's racism allegations, which is mysteriously missing from the English version. The Mirror has not published the names of the people.

Buckingham Palace did not respond for comment. Xander, the publishers of the Dutch translation of Omid Scobie's Endgame, have put sales of the book on hold "temporarily" over what it calls an "error". They said in a statement: "[We are] temporarily withdrawing the book by Omid Scobie from sale. An error occurred in the Dutch translation and is currently being rectified."

Mr Scobie himself has denied responsibility for the error, telling Dutch chat show RTL Boulevard: "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."