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Dutch Version of 'Endgame' Withdrawn over Royal Racism Controversy Revelation

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Dutch Version of 'Endgame' Withdrawn over Royal Racism Controversy Revelation

The Dutch version of 'Endgame,' a biography by Omid Scobie that provides an in-depth look into the experiences of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex within the Royal family, has been withdrawn from distribution. The decision comes after the book inadvertently identified a high-ranking royal involved in a racism controversy. This new development adds another layer to the ongoing discussions about race and unconscious bias within the monarchy, bringing the issue to the forefront again.

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Accidental Disclosure of a Royal's Identity

The biography recounts an episode where Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, penned a letter to her father-in-law, Prince Charles, highlighting the issue of unconscious bias within the royal family. This instance builds upon the revelations made by the Sussexes in their high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, where they discussed their experiences with race in the royal family. The couple alleged that a member of the family had expressed concerns about how dark the skin of their son, Prince Archie, would be at birth. This allegation led to a significant public backlash and was widely condemned as racist.

In 'Endgame,' Scobie did not explicitly name the family member who raised concerns about Prince Archie's skin tone due to libel laws. However, an early copy sent to Dutch journalists did include the individual's identity, which was later removed. Dutch media members who viewed the unredacted version claim it aligns with the assertions made in previously released royal biographies.

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Harry and Meghan's Stance on Racism and Unconscious Bias

In an interview in January 2023, Prince Harry clarified that he and Meghan had not accused his family of racism, drawing a distinction between racism and unconscious bias. He did confirm, however, that discussions about their son's skin color had occurred early in their relationship. The royal couple has never publicly disclosed the identity of the person who made these comments, although Harry ruled out his late grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. According to Scobie's book, Meghan named two individuals who discussed her son's skin color in private letters exchanged with King Charles III in May 2021.

The Impact of the Accidental Disclosure

The inadvertent disclosure in the Dutch copies of 'Endgame' led to a halt in sales in Holland. The publisher, Xander Publishers, is currently awaiting further instructions. This incident has reignited the conversation about the treatment of Harry and Meghan within the royal family and brought the issue of race back into the spotlight.

The controversy surrounding the Sussexes' experiences within the royal family, amplified by the recent accidental revelation, remains a topic of significant public interest and scrutiny. This development has sparked public debate about the royal family's attitudes toward race and the impact of these revelations on the institution.

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