Palace officials and their bosses decided yesterday to recruit more staff from black and ethnic minorities in an attempt to counter claims made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
They are approaching a target of 10 percent in 2022 after admitting earlier this year that only 8.5 percent of Royal Household staff were from ethnic minority backgrounds.
But there is little desire to tackle head-on allegations of racism made by Harry, 36, and Meghan, 40, in a March interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Daily Express understands.
The family are also reluctant to give oxygen to the authors of an updated version of Finding Freedom, a biography of the Sussexes, who claimed that the couple considered naming a person inside the Firm who, they suggested, voiced concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin might be.
Additionally, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand suggested Palace officials were “quietly pleased” that Meghan could not attend Prince Philip’s funeral.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “We didn’t comment when the book came out and we’re not going to change that now.”
While their lawyers have described the book as “unauthorised”, Harry and Meghan’s office did not respond when asked why they had not threatened legal action against Scobie and Durand.
The Sussexes have pursued action against journalists and publications.
COMMENT BY DICKIE ARBITER
IT is time for Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand to shut up.
They have had their 15 minutes of fame, airing the constant…