Ed Balls brands Omid Scobie a 'fantasist' amid 'royal racist' fury

GMB’s Ed Balls brands Omid Scobie a ‘fantasist’ and questions ‘why anyone is even reading his book’ amid fury over ‘racist royals’ controversy

Omid Scobie was today branded a ‘fantasist’ by Good Morning Britain host Ed Balls as the backlash over the ‘racist royals’ controversy in his book continues to rage. 

The journalist and royal author, 42, is facing a firestorm after the Dutch version of his new 400-page tome named two royals accused of discussing Archie’s skin colour before he was born.

Under-fire scribe Scobie has flown out to Los Angeles to escape the drama after King Charles and the Princess of Wales were reported in Endgame as the senior royals alleged to have discussed Archie’s skin tone.  

Scobie – labelled as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘cheerleader-in-chief’ – insisted he ‘never submitted a book that had those names in it’. But his version of events is being questioned amid claims his UK agent did send a draft manuscript, naming the royals, to be translated into Dutch, which if true could be damning.

Discussing the explosive allegations on Monday morning, GMB presenter Ed Balls said: ‘Isn’t this guy a fantasist? Why are we even reading out this rubbish?’

Omid Scobie has insisted he never included the names of the two royals in his book 

GMB host Ed Balls has hit out and branded Scobie a ‘fantasist’ during Monday’s show 

Speaking on the show today, Journalist Kevin Maguire claimed Charles and Kate being named in the book as the alleged royal racists was ‘important’.  

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Harry and Meghan have yet to comment on Endgame and are facing a mounting backlash as they continue to maintain their silence on royal racism claims made by their ‘mouthpiece’ Scobie in his new book.

It could have serious consequences for Harry and Meghan as William is believed to ‘want action’ after his wife Kate was named alongside Charles as the two royals who expressed ‘concern’ about Archie’s skin colour.

The fallout has led to a shock snub by Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, who has decided not to invite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to his society wedding to avoid ‘drama’. 

One of Prince Harry’s closest friends and godfather to his son Archie, he is believed to have been keen to invite the Sussexes before deciding not to so that his nuptials wouldn’t be overshadowed by royal tensions.

Speaking on GMB today about the snub, Ed Balls said: ‘If you are the new Duke of Westminster and you’re about to get married, you wouldn’t invite them [Harry and Meghan].

Fellow presenter Susanna Reid added: ‘In the English version of the book Omid Scobie says “in the pages of these private letters” – and they were private letters between Charles and Meghan – “two identities were revealed. Laws in the United Kingdom prevent me from reporting who they were”.’

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

The royal ‘race row’ was one of the main topics of conversation on GMB on Monday morning 

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’

Meanwhile, as the controversy continues to rage on about his book, Scobie headed straight for a luxury West Hollywood hotel for burgers and cocktails.

The journalist flew out to LA. After leaving LAX airport, sharing a picture as he approached customs, Mr Scobie ate at the Sunset Tower Hotel, beloved by Hollywood stars for decades with Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Caine, Quincy Jones, Roger Moore and Zsa Zsa Gabor regulars at the art deco establishment.

It is not known who Scobie dined with at the hotel, 90 minutes drive from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s multi-million dollar Montecito mansion.

The Dutch translation has caused the Royal Family consternation after King Charles and the Princess of Wales were named as the senior royals who allegedly discussed Archie’s skin tone.

Despite the silence from the couple, sources close to the duchess insisted that Meghan Markle and members of Team Sussex did not hand Omid Scobie her letter to King Charles about the two so-called ‘royal racists’.

The usually privacy-conscious couple have been urged to sue Mr Scobie over the Dutch translation at the heart of the scandal. 

After leaving LAX airport, Mr Scobie ate at the Sunset Tower Hotel

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

A source told The Times that United Talent Agency had earlier sent a draft version of the book to publisher Xander Uitgevers which contained the names.

READ MORE: Brazen Omid Scobie REFUSES to apologise to the two senior ‘racist royals’ named in his discredited book 

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. 

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 publisher 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. 

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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 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’.

READ MORE: Dutch translator of Omid Scobie’s Endgame says the names of the two ‘royal racists’ WERE in the manuscript she was sent after author insisted he ‘never submitted a book with them in it’ 

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.

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