The "Unnamed Royal" That Asked About Archie's Skin Color Is Allegedly Prince Charles

But the royal family denies the claim.

A new book is giving fans of royal drama some juicy news. It was Charles all along. According to Christopher Andersen's Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, Charles is the unnamed royal who allegedly asked what color Archie's skin color was after he was born. Reports came out after Archie's birth that the royals were concerned with how dark he would be — something that Meghan spoke about during her Oprah interview — though there were never any names, until now.

"I wonder what the children will look like?" Charles asked Camilla after Harry and Meghan's engagement, Page Six reported. Sources cited in the book say that the conversation happened on Nov. 27, 2017, the day the engagement was officially announced. Anderson doesn't name Charles outright, but he does present a very telling conversation that would have readers believe that Charles was the one making incendiary remarks.

His book recounts that Camilla was "taken aback somewhat by the question" and added that Archie would be "absolutely gorgeous."

The allegations go on to say that Charles lowered his voice and asked: "I mean, what do you suppose their children's complexion might be?"

A spokesman for Charles from Clarence House denied the claim, saying: "This is fiction and not worth further comment."

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"On the morning that Meghan and Harry's engagement was announced, in a very kind of benign way, Prince Charles started to muse on what their future grandchildren might look like," Andersen told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie during an appearance on the Today show. "I mean, here's this beautiful biracial American woman and the world's most famous redhead. I'm a grandfather, of course, we all do this, speculate on it. But it was turned into something very toxic, it was weaponized by the 'Men in Gray' who run the palace organization. Unfortunately, by the time it got to Harry, that's the way he took it."

Page Six notes that the Men in Gray are a gossipy clique-slash-"old boys' network" within the palace.

Anderson also shared Harry's frustration after the incident, though he writes that Charles felt that his son was being "overly sensitive about the matter." The author also claims that William would go on to defend his father, saying that Charles's comments were "tactless" but "not a sign of racism within the family."

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