AceShowbiz - Camilla Parker Bowles' comment might be the root of the tension between Prince Harry and his royal family. According to a new book, Harry's stepmother made a racist comment about his and Meghan Markle's first child.
In his unauthorized biography "Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors" which explores the alleged "rift" between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the monarchy, journalist Tom Bower reveals that Camilla joked it would be "funny" if the couple's then-unborn mixed-race child had "ginger Afro hair." The book states, "The Sussexes' suspicion that the Duchess of Cornwall had made racist comments about [their then-unborn son] Archie had fueled their fearsome denunciation of the entire royal family."
In the book, which is out now in the U.K., Tom writes that Harry met with his father Prince Charles for advice on how to handle the situation when news broke about his relationship with Meghan. "During those weeks, Harry met Charles and Camilla at Clarence House. In Harry's version, the conversation alternated between serious and joking and touched three topics," the author claims.
"First, Harry was told that Meghan should continue with her acting career. Second, Scotland Yard could not automatically be expected to pay for his girlfriend's 24-hour protection. And third, according to Harry, someone speculated about what his future child would 'look like,' " reads an excerpt of the book obtained by Page Six. "In one version, Camilla remarked, 'Wouldn't it be funny if your child had ginger Afro hair?' "
Harry apparently initially thought it was a joke as he allegedly "laughed" at the comment. However, according to Tom, "subsequently, Meghan's reaction to that conversation turned Harry's amusement into fury."
Sources close to Camilla denied the book's claims, calling it "nonsense."
In a March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan had revealed that a member of his family allegedly made a racist comment about the color of their then-unborn son Archie. "In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation that 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," Meghan said, without naming the royal family member who made such comment.
Responding to the interview, Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time, "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."