The Princess of Wales brushed off the fallout from a race row this evening as she glistened in a show-stopping gown upon arrival at the Royal Variety Performance.
Kate, 41, paired her stunning gown with an equally dazzling smile as she stepped out in Kensington, showing no sign of anguish after a turbulent week for the royal family following the release of a bombshell book.
Senior royals in the UK are said to be ‘dismayed’ after Piers Morgan revealed the names of two members of The Firm who Omid Scobie claimed expressed ‘concerns’ about the colour of Prince Archie’s skin on his TV show.
The bombshell moment came after the Dutch version of his book Endgame was pulled from shelves in the Netherlands after it appeared to name the two royals – something Scobie has put down to a translation error.
Amid the controversy, the Princess of Wales maintained a ‘business as usual’ attitude as she attended the annual event with Prince William and their guests, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden.
Prince William took his wife’s hand in a show of chivalry as the pair walked along the red carpet to attend the Royal Variety Performance
Kate’s stunning teal floor-length gown featured flared sleeves and was paired with diamond jewellery. She wore her thick brunette locks in curls.
Meanwhile Prince William looked sharp in a black tuxedo, and he acted as the perfect gentleman as he held out his hand for his wife as they took to the red carpet.
The British royals will no doubt be hoping an evening of entertainment at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring performances from Rick Astley, Zara Larsson and music icon Cher, will distract from an awkward week in which a 2021 controversy has been rehashed in Scobie’s book.
Allegations first surfaced that a member of the royal family had ‘concerns’ about the colour of Prince Archie’s skin in 2021 during Harry & Meghan’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Prince and Princess of Wales beamed and brushed off any sense of the controversy engulfing the royal family following the race row re-ignited by Omid Scobie’s book
The Prince and Princess of Wales put on a business-as-usual attitude as they attended the Royal Variety Performance 2023 amid a deepening race row reignited by Omid Scobie
Ahead of the performance Prince William greeted Daphne Selfe, a 95-year-old supermodel
William appeared to share a comical moment with the model, who has been photographed bu David Bailey and appeared in the pages of Vogue during her career
The royal couple beamed as they stepped out of the car and onto the red carpet ahead of a night of entertainment
Kate, 41, opted for natural make-up with a touch of eyeliner, a nude lip, some blusher and bronzer
Ever the gentleman, Pricne William took Kate’s hand as she walked onto the red carpet to enter the Royal Albert Hall
The couple shared a sweet moment as William held out his hand for Kate
The Princess’s stunning teal gown featured a gem-encrusted high-neck and statement padded shoulders
Kate and William looked like the picture-perfect pair as they arrived on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall
Prince William held his wife’s hand as she stepped onto the red carpet, in a gentlemanly gesture
The Pricne of Wales took his wife’s hand as they walked along the red carpet into the Royal Albert Hall
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel were the guests of Kate and William this evening
Crown Princess Victoria opted for a statement black dress with a shawl and a feathered texture as she arrived with Prince Daniel
The Swedish royals brought glamour to South Kensington as they arrived at this year’s event
Kate looked elegant despite what was likely a bitterly cold gust of wind as she braved freezing temperatures
The Princess of Wales stunned in a teal gown with flared sleeves as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal Variety Performance this evening
Looking elegant in the floor-length gown, the Princess shone as she stepped out of the car on arrival
Mother-of-three Kate, 41, paired her gown with dazzling accessories to attend the Royal Variety Performance
Meghan, at the time pregnant with Princess Lilibet, told the veteran broadcaster there had been ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be’.
She added the conversations had taken place between Prince Harry and members of his family, but refused to name the person or people in question because she believed ‘it would be very damaging to them’.
Harry later added in the same interview: ‘That conversation… I’m never going to share.’
In another sit-down interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby earlier this year as he promoted his memoir, Spare, the Duke of Sussex claimed he and Meghan had never said his family was ‘racist’ in reference to these alleged conversations.
Instead, he said his family members had shown ‘unconscious bias’.
As the fallout continues from the book, Omid Scobie appeared on ITV’s This Morning today where he claimed he was ‘as frustrated as everyone else’ over the controversy surrounding the Dutch translation of the book.
He told presenters he did not include the names of the two royals accused of discussing the skin colour of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie when he submitted the completed manuscript to his publisher.
However, Saskia Peeters, who translated the book from English to Dutch, told MailOnline today: ‘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.’
When told the book’s author Scobie had denied the names were in his manuscript Mrs Peters said: ‘I don’t know why he would say that.
‘I have been translating for many years. This is the first time anything like this has happened.
‘This is not something I wanted to be involved in. This has been upsetting. I do not want to talk about it much more.’