Meghan and Harry’s racism claims ‘like a bombshell on timer’, expert claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal racism accusations are “a bombshell on a timer” for them to detonate “whenever they like”, a royal expert has claimed.

After leaving the Royal Family last year, Meghan and Harry sat down for an interview with US chat show host Oprah, making a number of accusations against The Firm.

In perhaps the most explosive allegation, Meghan claimed that an unnamed senior member of the royals had made comments about the skin colour of the couple’s eldest child Archie.

This accusation has recently resurfaced after a new book reportedly led Prince Charles to call his lawyers, when he was claimed to be the "royal racist". The Palace have described the book and claims within it as "fiction".

And, despite the book’s claims, the Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden claimed that it is up to the Sussexes when the identity of the person who made the comments about Archie's skin tone will be revealed.

“This was probably the worst of their allegations. It really was like a sort of bombshell on a timer, which they could sort of detonate whenever they like,” he claimed, on the Palace Confidential podcast.

“They left it hanging, that was what was so cruel about the allegation. It’s one of the worst things that you can say in this day and age, is accuse someone of being a racist.

“And just to put it out there and leave it hanging… They made it worse by narrowing down the suspects a bit.”

During the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had confirmed that it was not Prince Philip or the Queen who had made the remark.

But Richard suggested that the uncertainty faced by the Royal Family members that remain had also created anxiety.

“They made it clear that it was senior royals, so immediately the focus then moved to Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla, and it sort of stayed there,” he continued.

Mail on Sunday's editor-at-large Charlotte Griffiths agreed, noting: “They haven’t given us an answer so we’ll just speculate and speculate.

“In royal circles people speculate that it’s even a minor royal and she’s just blown it up to make us speculate for longer and longer.

“And then there’s the idea that it could be a very senior royal like Prince Charles, who has said it’s fiction. And this is the closest he’s ever come to saying, ‘this whole thing is nonsense’.”

The recently released book by Christopher Andersen alleges that the Prince of Wales is the royal who made the comment that Harry and Meghan were referencing in the Oprah interview, although the author claims that the prince’s remarks were taken out of context.

A spokesperson for Charles denied the claims, saying: “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”

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