Prince Harry may name the "racist" royal who Meghan Markle claims made comments about their son's skin colour in his upcoming book.
Ever since the Duke of Sussex "blindsided" the Queen and other senior royal members with revelations he's been secretly working on a memoir, there's been speculation about how the prince may portray his family in it and what accusations he could make towards them.
"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation that he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born," Meghan said in her explosive Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year.
Meghan refused to say who the royal was, saying it would be "damaging" to them, but Prince Harry later confirmed to Oprah it was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip. Buckingham Palace soon hit back, saying issues raised, "particularly that of race", were "concerning", but "some recollections may vary".
Now The Sun reports Prince Harry, who is said to be getting about NZ$30m for a multi-book deal, is "under pressure" to name the royal. It's reported he is contacting Princess Diana's old friends, delving into her old life and sparking speculation he may paint Prince Charles and Camilla as the "bad guys".
"The publishers are going to want a lot for their money, such as naming this so-called racist, royal expert Penny Junor told the British media outlet.
"He's researching his mother's life so he's going to be talking about his parents' marriage, the break-up, the affairs. That could be incredibly damaging for his father and Camilla.
"Charles is going to be king and Camilla his queen. The last thing they or the country needs is another upsurge of anger based on what I believe to be false, false accusations."
After news broke Harry was writing the memoir, which he claims will be "accurate and wholly truthful", it was reported senior royals felt "blindsided" by the announcement, with the prince's family only told of the project moments before the public knew.
"This is bound to cause mayhem amongst the House of Windsor," royal biographer Robert Jobson said in July. "If Harry, which seems inevitable, goes into detail about mental health issues involving his wife and alleged racism at the heart of the royal family, it will be hugely damaging to the House of Windsor and the Monarchy as an institution."
Insiders suggested the Queen may cancel Harry and Meghan's invitation to her Jubilee celebrations next year due to the "deeply disrespectful" decision to also publish the book at the same time
"Her Majesty has been at great pains to try to keep her relationship with her grandson and his family separate from the decisions she needs to make professionally, so to speak," a Daily Mail source said. "And the invitation for them to join her next year was a genuine one.
"Although things have been very difficult, there was a small, but enduring hope that enough time would have elapsed for things to heal. But the feeling internally [now] is that this book will be the last straw."
Prince Harry's decision to publish a memoir hasn't gone down well with Brits. A July YouGov poll found 38 percent believe it's "very inappropriate" for the Duke to publish a memoir, while a further 15 percent say it's "fairly inappropriate". Of the 5808 Brits surveyed, 14 percent called it "fairly appropriate" and 9 percent said it was "very appropriate".