The King has recently embarked on a two-day visit to Dubai, marking his first public appearance since the release of a highly controversial new royal book titled “Final Battle” by Omid Scobie. During his visit, the 75-year-old monarch attended Cop28, an important climate conference. However, the focus has shifted from the conference to the claims made in Scobie’s book about the royal family.
As Charles met with the President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he was met with a question that has piqued the interest and concern of many. When asked, “How are you?”, the King, donning a tanned suit, replied with a hint of vulnerability, saying, “I’m all right very much… just about. Having had a rather ancient birthday recently, recovering from the shock of that.” This response suggests that the King is feeling the weight of his recent birthday and the personal reflections that come with it.
On November 14th, Charles celebrated his 75th birthday, which was marked by various public engagements and a private birthday party at Clarence House. This milestone birthday undoubtedly led to introspection and contemplation for the King, making his recent visit to Dubai a significant moment in his life and reign.
Apart from his meeting with Nigeria’s President, Charles has also engaged in several bilateral discussions with world leaders during his visit. Additionally, he was scheduled to interact with students and graduates from the Commonwealth, aiming to gain insights into green technology, sustainable innovations, and the crucial role young people play in addressing climate change. These discussions signify the importance the King places on global collaboration and the involvement of future generations in finding solutions for the climate crisis.
Thursday evening saw an eagerly anticipated collaboration between Charles and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates. Together, they formally launched the Cop28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum, underscoring the urgency and significance of the climate crisis on a global scale. The forum serves as a platform for businesses and philanthropists to contribute to the ongoing fight against climate change.
Friday marked a momentous occasion for Charles as he delivered the opening address at Cop28. Notably, this was his first address as King, having previously opened Cop26 in Glasgow in 2021 and Cop21 in Paris in 2015 as the Prince of Wales. The King’s involvement and leadership in these international climate conferences emphasize his commitment to tackling the urgent environmental challenges facing the world.
While Charles deals with the demands of his visit to Dubai and his role in the climate conference, Omid Scobie’s book has caused significant waves. One claim in the book suggests a rift between Charles and his son, Prince William. Scobie writes, “Distrust and simmering animosity between father and son are nothing new to their working relationship.” These alleged tensions become another layer of complexity added to the already intricate dynamics within the royal family.
The book faced immediate setbacks in The Netherlands as the Dutch version was withdrawn from shelves on the day of its release. Early reviewers of the Dutch edition noticed a mention of a member of the royal family making remarks about the skin tone of Prince Archie before his birth. These allegations parallel the assertions made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who claimed that an unidentified member of the monarchy expressed concerns about their child’s skin color. The book’s publisher, Xander Uitgevers, released a statement acknowledging the translation errors and temporary withdrawal of the book from sale.
In response to the issues surrounding the Dutch edition of the book, Omid Scobie spoke to Dutch TV, expressing his inability to personally review the translated copy. He expressed confidence that any translation errors would be addressed promptly by the publisher. Although Scobie may not have been directly involved in the translation process, he remains the voice behind the controversial book, which continues to stir conversations and speculation about the inner workings of the royal family.
The King’s visit to Dubai has provided a platform for international discussions on climate change. However, the spotlight has been shared with the release of Omid Scobie’s book, shedding light on alleged tensions within the royal family. As the King continues to navigate these political and personal challenges, his commitment to addressing the climate crisis remains at the forefront of his agenda.