Omid Scobie’s UK agent did send a draft manuscript of Endgame naming the two ‘royal racists’ to be translated into Dutch, it has been claimed.
The revelation exposes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘cheerleader-in-chief’s’ weasel words that he ‘never submitted a book that had those names in it’.
A source told The Times United Talent Agency had earlier sent a draft version of the book to publisher Xander Uitgevers which contained the names.
However, a final proof of the 400-page tome was later sent but it is understood the translator had been working from an earlier draft.
It comes as it emerged Buckingham Palace is mulling whether to take legal action after King Charles and the Princess of Wales were named as the senior royals who allegedly remarked about Archie’s skin colour before he was born.
The UK agent of the author of Endgame, Omid Scobie (pictured) did send a draft version of the book to Dutch publishers naming the ‘royal racists’
The inclusion of the names led to 5,000 copies of the book, called ‘Final Battle’ (pictured) in Holland, being withdrawn from sale on the bookshelves and pulped
Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie after his Christening and (left to right) Camilla, King Charles, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle
Harry and Meghan (pictured in Dusseldorf in September) have not commented on the scandal publicly
Mr Scobie, 42, has refused to apologise to Charles and Kate Middleton for the embarrassing mishap which resulted in the explosive book being hooked from the shelves in the Netherlands.
The under-fire author has shrugged off criticism claiming the names were ‘known for a long time’ while putting the blame at the Dutch publisher’s door declaring: ‘I never submitted a book that had those names in it.’
Yet Dutch translator Saskia Peeters insisted Charles and Kate’s names were in the book.
Speaking to MailOnline from her home in Arnhem on Thursday, she said: ‘As a translator, I translate what is in front of me.
‘The names of the royals were there in black and white. I did not add them. I just did what I was paid to do and that was translate the book from English into Dutch.’
The second translator, Nellie Keukelaar-van Rijsbergern, then told The Sun: ‘We are professionals and we’ve done this for years, both of us. It’s unfair.’
Mr Scobie’s initially blamed a ‘translation error’. Anke Roelen, managing director of the publisher Xander, said a rectified edition of the book would be back on shelves on December 8 and simply blamed ‘an error’ for it being pulled.
Dutch translators Saskia Peeters (pictured on her doorstep on 30 November) and Nellie Keukelaar-van Rijsbergern who worked on Omid Scobie’s controversial book have insisted the names of two royals at the centre of racism scandal were in the manuscript they were sent
King Charles III is said to be taking the furore over Omid Scobie’s book Endgame ‘very seriously’ after His Majesty and Kate Middleton were named as the senior royals who allegedly commented on Archie’s skin colour before he was born
A copy of Endgame which was released last week. In the book author Mr Scobie made a number of bombshell claims about the Royal Family, including that letters between Meghan Markle and King Charles named two people who allegedly remarked about the skin colour of her son Archie
Mr Scobie’s excuse was mocked by Piers Morgan during a diatribe against the Sussexes’ favoured journalist.
The former Good Morning Britain host went on to reveal that Charles and Kate were named in the book during his Talk TV show Piers Morgan: Uncensored.
Morgan added, however, that he did not believe the allegations of ‘racist comments’.
He said: ‘Because I don’t believe any racist comments were ever made by any of the Royal Family, and until there is actual evidence of those comments being made, I will never believe it.’
Mr Scobie, appearing on BBC’s flagship Newsnight programme, said he was ‘hurt’ and ‘frustrated’ by the week’s events.
But he refused to apologise to the royals concerned, saying: ‘It’s not for me to apologise because I still want to know what’s happened.’
Buckingham Palace officials will meet with aides to Prince William this week for critical talks in how to deal with the fallout from accusations of racism.
The gathering of the two households will see them discuss all how to respond, with ‘time and care’ to be taken before any decisions are made, one source told the Sunday Telegraph.
Dutch translators Saskia Peeters and Nellie Keukelaar-van Rijsbergern (pictured) who worked on Omid Scobie’s controversial book have insisted the names of two royals at the centre of racism scandal were in the manuscript they were sent
The original ‘racism’ claim was made in the Sussexes’ infamous 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured)
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother Doria Ragland, show their new son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in 2019
Pictured: Harry and Meghan arrive one the Long Walk at Windsor Castle to view flowers and tributes in memory of the Queen
All options are believed to be ‘on the table’, including legal action.
Charles, who flew back to the UK after several days at he COP28 environment summit in Dubai last week, is said to be taking the furore surrounding the book ‘very seriously’.
It is reported that during the week Charles will discuss the situation with senior advisers, while also carrying out his duties with aides telling the Mirror it will be ‘business as usual’ with royals to be seen as ‘rising above’ the row.
A source close to the Palace told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘Discussions [have been] had and we’ll continue those discussions this week, but not in a crisis talks manner…
‘Decisions [will be] made with care and time and professionalism rather than rushed over a weekend.’
Meanwhile, the Mail understands that Buckingham Palace is investigating who at their end could have seen the letters between the King and Meghan Markle in which the names were allegedly mentioned.
However, it is confident the leak has not come from within, believing only a ‘tiny handful’ of people have ever seen them.
Harry and Meghan, meanwhile, have not commented publicly on the scandal.
In another blow to the couple, the pair have been excluded from the high society wedding of his childhood friend Hugh Grosvenor.
The Duke of Westminster, is said to have wanted to invite the Sussexes but decided against it to avoid clashes on his big day amid soaring tensions between the royals following the release of Mr Scobie’s book.
Mr Scobie has been accused of acting as a ‘mouthpiece’ for the Sussexes, an allegation he has denied, writing on X, formerly Twitter: ‘I’m not ‘Meg’s pal’.
Sources close to the Duchess of Sussex , who allegedly wrote down the names of the two family members in letters to King Charles, have insisted to that she ‘never intended for them to be publicly identified’.
Her claims appear to contradict Scobie’s (pictured today) who told ITV’s This Morning that he did not include the names of the two royals
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their children Archie and Lilibet in December 2021
The scandal – which Mr Scobie has been forced to insist was not a publicity stunt – has kept Endgame in the headlines for more than a week as excerpts were published in the days before its release in a French magazine.
The most eye-grabbing extract serialised in Paris Match claimed that there was a second so-called ‘royal racist’ – after Harry and Meghan alluded to a member of the Royal Household expressing discomfort over Archie’s skin colour in 2021.
They told Oprah Winfrey in their much vaunted interview a year after they quit royal duties that there had been conversations about ‘how dark’ Archie’s skin would be when he was born.
She did not name the member of the household, saying at the time: ‘I think that would be very damaging to them.’
The names did not appear in the English edition of the book when it was released on Tuesday. Mr Scobie had written a paragraph in which he said he could not name them under UK law.