Prince William and Kate Middleton step out for first time amid royal race row

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been pictured on royal duties with the Swedish prince and princess for the first time since the publication of Omid Scobie's book Endgame.

Journalist Omid's tell-all book, which includes explosive claims about the Royal Family, was pulled from shelves in the Netherlands this week when it was reported the Dutch version included names of two senior royals said to have made comments about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie's skin tone before he was born.

Last night, Piers Morgan repeated the claims on air during his TalkTV programme Uncensored, although he added that he does not believe "any racist comments were ever made by any of the Royal Family". OK! has chosen not to report the names.

Endgame also includes a number of claims about Kate, calling her "cold" and alleging that she works "part time", with the palace press office apparently covering up her low workload by saying she is "keen to learn".

Omid also labels her "Stepford wife-like" over her ability to stay reserved in her role as a senior royal.

But if William and Kate were rattled by the recent headlines, they showed no sign of it as they happily posed for photos alongside Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel at Windsor Castle.

The Swedish royals are in the UK on a three-day visit and met up with William and Kate on Thursday morning, with the two couples offering each other warm hugs and kisses.

Later this evening, William and Kate are set to host Victoria and Daniel at the Royal Variety Performance at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Kate, who wore a dark green Emilia Wickstead dress for the meeting with Victoria, who is heir to the Swedish throne, while William wore a navy suit.

Omid's book which was published on Tuesday also includes claims that many of the royals have turned their backs on Harry and Meghan since they stepped away from royal duties, and that William did not reply to Harry's messages while the Queen was dying.

The author has been labelled Harry and Meghan's mouthpiece as his previous book, Finding Freedom, was also sympathetic to the Sussexes but has denied they had any involvement in his work.

On Thursday's This Morning, presenter Craig Doyle interviewed Omid and called him out for "offensive" comments about Kate.

He said: "You did refer to her as a Stepford wife though which is kind of offensive too, isn't it?"

Omid clarified: "I said 'Stepford wife-like'. I think that the book talks about that she's never put a step wrong but also that the role does require that kind of stately detachment and it compares her to the Queen in a very favourable way actually, but of course if you compare that to everyday folk there is a very reserved almost Stepford-like approach to the position."

Craig added: "It's kind of mean. It is a hard thing to say or hear about yourself and you can understand why there's been a lot of negative reaction."

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