Ever since 2021’s absurd Oprah Winfrey interview, in which the Duchess of Sussex coyly suggested that a member of the Royal Family had speculated about what colour her then-unborn first child’s skin would be, there has been an egregious fascination with the identity of the notorious figure known only as ‘the royal racist’.
Speculation has swirled around virtually every member of the Firm – if you want to edify yourself further, the words ‘royal family’ and ‘racist’ entered into the right search engine will eventually lead you to the probable culprit. But although their identity has been hiding in plain sight for a considerable period of time, there has been a refusal to name this man or woman. That is, save only for Prince Harry observing pointedly that the culprit was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip.
This unhappy state of affairs was all set to continue with the publication of Omid Scobie’s Endgame this week. Scobie and his publishers were metaphorically rubbing their hands together with the Agatha Christie-esque revelation that there was not one but two royal racists, waiting to be exposed in their villainy.
Yet the author refrained from naming the guilty parties, citing vague concerns about ‘UK laws’ that would prevent him from telling his avid public who these monstrous sinners were. Until, that is, it turned out that the Dutch translation – of all things – has revealed the identities of both royals. The details were included in early copies sent out to journalists and reviewers – in other words, the very people who are in the greatest position to influence public opinion and to break the news.
Naturally, Scobie and his publishers are claiming that this is a terrible error, done without any knowledge on their parts whatsoever.