Charles didn't realise Meghan Markle was biracial, new book claims

King Charles ‘had no idea’ Meghan Markle was biracial when he first met her, according to unsubstantiated claims in new book – that will cause more anger at the palace in the same week as The Crown is released

  • King Charles III didn’t know Meghan Markle was biracial at first, book claims 
  • Christopher Andersen penned biography called The King: The Life of Charles III 
  • The upcoming book alleges the monarch, 73, thought Meghan looked like Pippa 
  • Biography also claims the now King first found American actress, 41, ‘charming’ 

King Charles III didn’t realise Meghan Markle was biracial when he first met her, a new book has alleged.

A biography on the new monarch claims that Harry introduced his bride-to-be to his father before the pair went public with their relationship in 2016 – and that the then-Prince of Wales found her ‘completely charming’ and ‘absolutely delightful’.

Christopher Andersen, who wrote, The King: The Life of Charles III, thought that his son’s new American girlfriend was similar in appearance to Pippa Middleton, the Princess of Wales’ younger sister.

According to Newsweek, which has seen an advance copy of the book, the now-King reportedly didn’t realise Meghan was mixed race – born to a Caucasian father and an African-American mother – ‘until later’.

The unsubstantiated claims in the new book are likely to cause anger at the Palace, in the same week as King Charles will be shown in a very unflattering light in the new season of The Crown, including his notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call with Camilla and the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana. 

King Charles III (pictured in October) didn’t realise Meghan Markle was biracial when he first met her, a new book has alleged

‘At the time, Prince Charles had no idea that Harry’s new girlfriend was biracial,’ an excerpt read. ‘Not that it would have mattered at all, of course,’ Charles told an American friend.

MailOnline has reached out to Buckingham Palace for a comment.

An Amazon description of the biography describes Andersen’s work as a ‘vivid and unsparing yet sympathetic portrait of one of the most complex and enigmatic figures of our time’, and says it will released on December 8.

The book also references a past incident in which the King allegedly told a woman of Guyanese descent that she ‘didn’t look’ like she came from Manchester. 

Author Anita Sethi met the then Prince of Wales at the Commonwealth People’s Forum in 2018. The day was scheduled to discuss ‘Politics of Hope: Taking on Injustice in the Commonwealth’.  


A biography on the new monarch claims that Harry introduced Meghan (left) to his father before the pair went public with their relationship in 2016, and alleges that the then-Prince of Wales found she looked similar to Pippa Middleton (right)

Charles met Ms Sethi before the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, where it had been announced Charles would succeed the Queen as Head of the global body.

Ms Sethi said she shook the Charles’ hand and told him her mother was born in Guyana, a former British colony in South America, and she had written an essay for an anthology, which she was carrying, about descendants of indenture. 

She claimed Charles then asked: ‘And where are you from?’

When she replied ‘Manchester, UK’ he said ‘Well, you don’t look like it’ and laughed, before he was quickly ushered on. 

The author said that she was ‘stunned’ by the gaffe.  

‘Prince Charles was endorsed by the Queen, in her opening speech to the heads of government, to be the future head of the Commonwealth: it’s her “sincere wish” that he become so,’ she said in an open letter to the royal in The Guardian.

‘That the mooted next leader of an organisation that represents one-third of the people on the planet commented that I, a brown woman, did not look as if I was from a city in the UK is shocking.’

Anita Sethi and Clarence House were approached for comment at the time.

Further claims from the book include a report that the King has a sentimental attachment to his childhood teddy bear that still accompanies him everywhere today,

The author added that, as a young prince and into adulthood, Charles treated the teddy bear ‘like his own child’.  

Andersen claimed Charles’ aid Michael Fawcett was tasked with looking after the bear and knowing where it was at all times.

And if the antique teddy ever needed some running repairs, only Mabel Anderson, the King’s childhood nanny, was allowed anywhere near it. ‘Mispy’, as she was affectionately called by the King, was even hauled out of retirement to help.

‘He was well into his forties, and every time that teddy needed to be repaired, you would think it was his own child having major surgery,’ Andersen said.  

It comes as Prince Harry will ‘trample on people and the system he felt trapped in’ – but will stay ‘very loving towards his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’ in his explosive upcoming memoir, a royal expert has claimed.

It comes as Prince Harry will ‘trample on people and the system he felt trapped in’ – but will stay ‘very loving towards his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II ‘ in his explosive upcoming memoir, a royal expert has claimed. Pictured from left to right in 2018: The late Queen, Meghan, Harry, William and Kate

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond told OK! magazine that the book, titled Spare, will make difficult reading for the entire royal family when it’s published on January 10, 2023, after it was delayed following the Queen’s death.

Publishers Penguin Random House say the Duke of Sussex’s book is written with ‘raw unflinching honesty’ and is expected to contain explosive new material addressing Harry’s childhood and his rift with ‘The Firm’ after meeting his wife.

Commenting on the memoir, Jennie said: ‘I’m afraid people are going to get trampled on by this book. “Raw” and “unflinching” aren’t words the palace will be happy to hear.’

However, the royal expert suggested that ‘any bile, if there is any, will be mostly directed at the system – the system in which Harry feels he was so trapped and in which he still believes his father [King Charles] and his brother [Prince William] are trapped.’

She continued: ‘I think he’ll be very loving towards his grandmother. She very much loved Harry.’

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