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King Charles Says He's 'All Right... Just About' amid Royal Book Controversy

The King said he was 'very much all right' as he arrived in Dubai on Thursday

<p>Chris Jackson/Getty </p> King Charles meets with students at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Nov. 30.

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King Charles meets with students at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Nov. 30.

King Charles revealed how he’s feeling during a solo trip to Dubai days after the publication of Endgame.

On Thursday, the King kicked off a visit to the city in the United Arab Emirates for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, abbreviated as COP28. The trip began two days after the release of Omid Scobie’s book Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival. It has since been revealed that the Dutch translation of the book names the members of the royal family involved in a conversation that included a controversial comment about the skin color of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son Prince Archie, now 4, before he was born.

In separate statements to PEOPLE, which originally excerpted Endgame, Scobie and the Dutch publishers said the names were an “error.” Buckingham Palace had no comment.

Despite the current controversy, Charles, 75, was all smiles in Dubai on Thursday during a meeting with Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

<p>Andrew Matthews - Pool/Getty </p> King Charles and Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during a bilateral meeting on Nov. 30 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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King Charles and Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during a bilateral meeting on Nov. 30 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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“Asked how he was, His Majesty said: ‘I’m all right very much, just about,” Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English wrote on X . “‘Having had a rather ancient birthday recently recovering from the shock of that!’ ”

The King’s self-deprecating comment was in reference to his milestone birthday, as he turned 75 on Nov. 14. The British sovereign’s visit to Dubai marks his first solo trip since his birthday. He is set to deliver the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of COP28 on Friday.

Charles had a busy itinerary on Thursday with a series of engagements, including opening the Dubai campus of Heriot-Watt University, attending a Commonwealth and Nature reception and launching the inaugural COP28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum.

<p>Chris Jackson/Getty </p> King Charles meets members of the public after a visit at the Heriot-Watt University on Nov. 30.

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King Charles meets members of the public after a visit at the Heriot-Watt University on Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, Endgame is being temporarily pulled from shelves.

The Dutch translation of the book, which was released Tuesday and chronicles the breakdown of the royal family and the weakening of the modern monarchy, reportedly names who made a controversial comment about the skin color of Harry and Meghan’s child before he arrived.

It's unclear if the Dutch translation is incorrect or if the translation has been based on an earlier draft. (The book's English version does not name the family members.)

<p>Samir Hussein/WireImage</p> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Germany in September.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Germany in September.

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In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Scobie says, "Having only written and edited the English version of Endgame, I can only comment on that manuscript — which does not name the two individuals who took part in the conversation. I’m happy to hear that the error in the translation of the Dutch edition is being fixed."

The Dutch publishers call it an "error" and say in a statement to PEOPLE, "The rectified edition of Eindstrijd by Omid Scobie will be in bookstores on Friday 8 December. Xander Uitgevers temporarily removed the book from sale, due to an error that occurred in the Dutch edition."

Prince Harry 39, and Meghan, 42, are parents to Prince Archie and daughter Princess Lilibet, 2.

In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said there were "concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie's] skin might be when he's born." When Oprah asked who made that comment, Meghan declined to answer, saying the revelation would be too damaging.

<p>Joshua Sammer/Getty</p> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the closing ceremony of the 2023 Invictus Games.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the closing ceremony of the 2023 Invictus Games.

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Prince Harry added, "That conversation I'm never going to share. It was awkward. I was a bit shocked."

The following day, Oprah clarified that Harry's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, were not the ones to make the comments.

"He did not share the identity with me," Oprah said. "But he wanted to make sure that I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother, nor his grandfather that were part of those conversations. ... He did not tell me who were a part of those conversations. As you could see I tried to get that answer, on-camera and off."

While promoting his memoir Spare in an interview with ITV's Tom Bradby that aired in January, the Duke of Sussex denied accusing his family of racism.

Harry said he wouldn't describe the incident as racist, "not having lived within that family."

"The difference between racism and unconscious bias...the two things are different," Harry said.

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