King Charles and Kate Middleton to meet at pre-Christmas bash

Kate Middleton and King Charles will carry out their first joint engagement since Omid Scobie race row when they attend Buckingham Palace reception tonight

  • King Charles and Kate Middleton will attend annual Dipomatic Reception
  • READ MORE: Meghan Markle is pictured in first sighting since racism row

King Charles and the Princess of Wales will join forces this evening for their first public event since Omid Scobie’s new book provoked a storm over ‘racist royals’. 

His Majesty and the Princess of Wales, along with other members of the royal family, are expected to host over 500 guests at the annual pre-Christmas Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.

The event will mark the first time the senior royals will meet publicly since being named as the royals who allegedly expressed ‘concerns’ over the colour of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie’s skin.

British journalist Omid Scobie, whose work often focuses on the The Sussexes, set a media storm in motion last week after their names appeared in the Dutch translation of his new book Endgame.

Omid has since denied submitting an official manuscript naming the royals and has offered no explanation as to how this version of the Endgame ended up on shelves in the Netherlands.

The Princes of Wales will join the king and other members of the royal family for the annual pre-Christmas Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace tonight (Pictured: Kate Middleton attends The Royal Variety Performance at Royal Albert Hall on November 30)

King Charles and Kate Middleton will meet this evening for the first time since being named at the centre of a colossal race row in Omid Scobie’s new book (Pictured: His Majesty during at COP28 in Dubai on November 30)

The event, spearheaded by the late Queen Elizabeth before her death, will also involve Prince William and Queen Camilla as guests, and will take place at the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace.

The King will welcome more than 500 members of the Diplomatic Corps as he supports the work of UK diplomacy both here and abroad.

It comes as Meghan Markle was seen for the first time since the controversy erupted last week, as she stepped out in workout gear in Santa Barbara. 

And she even appeared to offer an olive branch to her father-in-law by wearing a bracelet gifted to her by the King, in her first public appearance since the royal racism row was reignited. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, stepped out in Montecito on Monday wearing an array of casual luxury including Princess Diana’s Cartier bracelet and watch, and a Bentley & Skinner diamond tennis bracelet – a gift from the King worth at least £4,900.

The piece, which was first worn on the eve of her wedding to Prince Harry, was first created by royal warrant holders Bentley & Skinner, features ninety-two round brilliant cut diamonds.

The bracelet, which was last seen publicly wearing in May during a hike in California, could be the Duchess’s subtle nod to her family, 5,000 miles away.

Her appearance comes as Scobie, who has been seen as the unofficial spokesman for the couple, is still struggling to deal with the fallout from his new book.

An initial draft of the book, given to Dutch translators, named the two senior members of the royal family – King Charles and The Princess of Wales- who Meghan said told of their ‘concerns’ about the colour of her son Archie’s skin, while she was pregnant.

Meghan first made her allegations about the conversation in her televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, in March 2021.

Harry and Meghan issued a statement saying it was not the late Queen or her husband Prince Philip, but have refused to name the members of the royal family who made the comments.

Scobie’s book marks the first time they have been named.

British journalist Omid Scobie, who’s work often focuses on the The Sussexes, set a media storm in motion last week after the King and Kate were named as the alleged perpetrators of apparently racial comments in the Dutch translation of his new book Endgame

Sisters at odds! Sisters-in-law Kate and Meghan are yet to make public statements regarding the media furore (Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in 2018)

And despite the author’s denials, his 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.

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.

Mr Scobie, 42, has refused to apologise to Charles and Kate for the embarrassing mishap which resulted in the explosive book being removed from the shelves in the Netherlands.

Omid (pictured) has doubled down to defend Endgame and refused to take the blame for the racism scandal

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.

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