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Omid Scobie’s ‘racist royals’ claims are ‘nonsense’, says Trevor Phillips

Omid Scobie discusses names being published in Dutch book

Broadcaster Sir Trevor Phillips has trashed the claims in Omid Scobie’s Endgame about the two “racist royals” being concerned over Prince Archie’s skin colour and branded them “nonsense” as he claimed it’s “normal” for families to discuss a baby’s skin.

Appearing on his show Sunday Morning on Sky News, Phillips said loved ones often discuss whether the newborn would look like its mum or dad and added his family had the same discussion about his youngest grandson, claiming the conversation should be seen the same as discussing the colour of a babies’ eyes.

Endgame was released last Tuesday and unleashed a series of explosive claims against the Firm. Hours after hitting the shelves, the Dutch version of the book had to be taken off the shelves due to a “translation error” as it named the two royals who have allegedly raised concerns over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s skin colour.

Asked about whether he’d be discussing the Endgame race row, Phillips said: “It’s unlikely we’re going to spend much time on that because I’ll be absolutely frank and say I think it’s a nonsense story.

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“I think that there is no family of colour anywhere in the entire world where that conversation doesn’t take place.

“I have a grandson who is absolutely gorgeous and delicious, I wish I could show you a photograph of him, and of course we as a family talk about whether is he going to look more like his mother, who looks like me, or his father, who is of Puerto Rican heritage.

“In the same way that I guess your family might talk about what hair colour, what eye colour. We all have the same hair colour. The thing that is different about us is skin colour.”

It comes after Scobie repeatedly denied any responsibility and claimed the English version of the book had no names. But questions were raised over how names and words could be added to the Dutch book if they were not there in the first place with one expert branding it “the most outrageous marketing campaign in history”.

Saskia Peeters, the Dutch translator of Endgame, told the Mail: “The names of the royals were there in black and white. I did not add them. I just did what I was paid to do and that was translate the book from English.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made headlines in 2021 when they were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and claimed at least one member of the Royal Family engaged in “conversations” with Harry about “concerns” over their son’s skin colour.

At the time, Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth which said: “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.”

Endgame has been receiving damning reviews since its release with one branding it a “pro-Sussex propaganda”. Newspapers have given a dismal view of the book, with The Telegraph giving it just two stars out of five.

Meanwhile, The Times branded Endgame “not so much an incisive look at why he thinks the monarchy is doomed, more a mishmash of ancient history.”

Even The pro-Sussex New York Times gave a scathing review and said Endgame “reads like a press release cooked up by ChatGPT”, adding it does them “no favours” and does “little to shed light on them as humans”.

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