A new British royal family biography has alleged that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was behind “ginger afro” remarks about Meghan and Harry’s unborn child. When Meghan later heard about the alleged remarks, she felt the remarks were “racist,” the book claims. A royal source told Newsweek that the allegation Camilla made these remarks was “nonsense.”
Tom Bower’s new biography, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsorswhich was published in Britain on July 21, points the finger at Camilla, without giving a source.
The new royal biography examines the Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell claims. Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 that there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Neither Meghan nor Prince Harry have named the royal behind the alleged remarks, leading to much speculation about what may have actually happened.
The latest twist differs from previous alleged accounts, some of which have pinned the blame on Prince Charles and presented Camilla as a more positive counterpoint to her husband.
Tom Bower’s Account of Royal Racism Allegations
Bower wrote: “And third, according to Harry, someone speculated about what his future child would ‘look like’. In one version, Camilla remarked, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if your child had ginger Afro hair?’ Harry laughed. Subsequently, Meghan’s reaction to that conversation turned Harry’s amusement into fury.”
The author also criticizes Oprah Winfrey for not pinning Meghan and Harry down on the full story behind the allegedly racist remark.
He wrote: “She did not explore the ‘conversation,’ an exchange in his father’s house with Charles and Camilla. Five years later Harry reinterpreted what he knew was innocent speculation as a doom-laden finale to relations with Charles and Camilla: ‘Like , there were some real obvious signs before we even got married that this was going to be really hard.”
Bower went on to suggest Meghan and Harry would expose Camilla in the duke’s upcoming memoir, originally scheduled for late 2022.
He suggested Meghan would tell Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, about her difficult experiences with the royals, including Camilla.
He wrote: “Meghan was expected to help the ghostwriter understand the pain inflicted by the Royal Family on herself and Harry. Among the targets besides William, Kate and Charles would be Camilla. Meghan had identified her as racist.”
Bower doesn’t give any other examples of alleged racist behavior on the part of Camilla, aside from the unconfirmed “ginger Afro” remark.
Later, the book added: “Charles had good reason to fear that Harry’s dislike of Camilla had been reenergised by Meghan. The Sussexes’ suspicion that the Duchess of Cornwall had made racist comments about the unborn Archie had fueled their fearsome denunciation of the entire Royal Family.”
Another Version of the Royal Racism Allegation
Another biography, Brothers and Wivesby Christopher Andersen, presented a different account, which had Prince Charles making the remark in 2021.
The US journalist suggested Harry hadn’t heard the comment for himself, but picked up second-hand gossip that Charles had asked Camilla what the Sussex children would look like.
The book quotes the Duchess of Cornwall replying: “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.”
Charles reportedly then said: “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?”
A Clarence House spokesperson said of those suggestions: “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”
The claims against Camilla aren’t the only part of the new book that has been disputed—as questions have also been raised over the suggestion Queen Elizabeth II Meghan didn’t make it to Prince Philip’s funeral was relieved.
Bower wrote: “‘Thank goodness Meghan is not coming,’ the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides.
“Harry’s presence remained a problem. As a private citizen stripped of his military titles he could not dress in uniform. To minimize the embarrassment for both Harry and Andrew, who was mired in claims of sexual sleaze, all the male members of the royal family dressed in morning suits.”
A palace source told Newsweek it was unlikely the queen would have been thinking about anything other than her husband in the days before the April, 2021, funeral.
Clarence House declined to comment.
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Update 7/21/22, 1:30 p.m. ET: This article was updated to clarify details around the alleged remarks.