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The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—the Truth and the Turmoil
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “addictively readable” (The Washington Post) inside story of the British royal family’s battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years—only to confront new, twenty-first-century crises
 
“Frothy and forthright, a kind of Keeping Up with the Windsors with sprinkles of Keats.”—The New York Times (Notable Book of the Year)

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Elle, Town & Country

“Never again” became Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra shortly after Princess Diana’s tragic death. More specif­ically, there could never be “another Diana”—a mem­ber of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the Brit­ish monarchy.
Picking up where Tina Brown’s masterful The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the trau­matic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet.
Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals that have buffeted the monarchy over the last twenty-five years. We see the Queen’s stoic re­solve after the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, and Prince Philip, her partner for seven decades, and how she triumphs in her Jubilee years even as family troubles rage around her. Brown explores Prince Charles’s determination to make Camilla Parker Bowles his wife, the tension between William and Harry on “different paths,” the ascend­ance of Kate Middleton, the downfall of Prince An­drew, and Harry and Meghan’s stunning decision to step back as senior royals. Despite the fragile monar­chy’s best efforts, “never again” seems fast approaching.
Tina Brown has been observing and chronicling the British monarchy for three decades, and her sweeping account is full of powerful revelations, newly reported details, and searing insight gleaned from remarkable access to royal insiders. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevoca­bly change how the world perceives and under­stands the royal family.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “addictively readable” (The Washington Post) inside story of the British royal family’s battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years—only to confront new, twenty-first-century crises
 
“Frothy and forthright, a kind of Keeping Up with the Windsors with sprinkles of Keats.”—The New York Times (Notable Book of the Year)

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Elle, Town & Country

“Never again” became Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra shortly after Princess Diana’s tragic death. More specif­ically, there could never be “another Diana”—a mem­ber of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the Brit­ish monarchy.
Picking up where Tina Brown’s masterful The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the trau­matic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet.
Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals that have buffeted the monarchy over the last twenty-five years. We see the Queen’s stoic re­solve after the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, and Prince Philip, her partner for seven decades, and how she triumphs in her Jubilee years even as family troubles rage around her. Brown explores Prince Charles’s determination to make Camilla Parker Bowles his wife, the tension between William and Harry on “different paths,” the ascend­ance of Kate Middleton, the downfall of Prince An­drew, and Harry and Meghan’s stunning decision to step back as senior royals. Despite the fragile monar­chy’s best efforts, “never again” seems fast approaching.
Tina Brown has been observing and chronicling the British monarchy for three decades, and her sweeping account is full of powerful revelations, newly reported details, and searing insight gleaned from remarkable access to royal insiders. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevoca­bly change how the world perceives and under­stands the royal family.
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        Brown (the former Tatler and Vanity Fair editor in chief, and author of The Diana Chronicles and The Vanity Fair Diaries) uses research and interviews to chronicle the events of the British monarchy since Princess Diana's 1997 death. The book backtracks somewhat to discuss Queen Elizabeth's courtship and marriage to Prince Philip and the rocky marriages of their children, but Brown focuses more on contemporary events like the weddings of Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan. Brown investigates the scandals of Sarah, Duchess of York; the deaths of the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and Prince Philip; and Harry and Meghan's move to the United States. She also looks into accusations against the disgraced Prince Andrew and his association with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Brown vividly describes the events and the personalities of the royal family, captures the essence of royal life, and shares numerous amusing anecdotes, but is also somewhat bristly and reveals her biases. For instance, she blames the Spencer family (not infidelity) for the breakdown of Charles and Diana's marriage. It's also clear that Brown is not a fan of Harry or Meghan: her book often refers to Harry as "emotionally fragile" and uses Meghan's estranged father as a primary (and negative) source. VERDICT An intriguing account of the royals that should provoke much discussion (and many arguments). Fans of the British royals and royal history will be seeking out Brown's book, particularly as 2022 is Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee year.--Lucy Heckman

        Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Veteran journalist Brown examines the alternating currents of "deep dullness" and pitched controversy surrounding the House of Windsor. "We don't want another Diana." Thus runs a mantra among Britain's royal family, whose more retiring members--most notably Queen Elizabeth II--harbor a deep fear of scandal. Yet, as Brown's account opens, scandal and controversy emerge as the coin of the realm, in this case with the brouhaha surrounding Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, marked by "the Palace's inaction at her character assassination by the press." As the author remarks, the royal family, headed by a 96-year-old with a 74-year-old waiting to assume the throne, "cannot be expected to be nimble." Indeed, many of its members are downright boring, if dutiful, in contrast with rebels such as Diana and Meghan, to say nothing of disgraced figures such as Andrew and Fergie. In the case of Diana's gruesome death, writes Brown, "the Queen's usual impeccable sense of how to do the right thing...was beset by the need for a new kind of emotional response that met the moment of the crisis," which Elizabeth couldn't muster. Indeed, she emerges as remote, even cold, some of which, Brown allows, can be traced to the requirements of rule, some to a marked distaste for confrontation. So it was that she ordered Charles to delay his wedding to Camilla Bowles by a day in deference to the funeral of Pope John Paul II, at which "the otherwise stalwart Camilla went into meltdown." Brown, superbly equipped to dig deep into the Windsors, turns in scathing, nicely gossipy portraits of some of them, especially Andrew, a corrupt, venal "horndog eternally on the hunt," mixing them with quietly admiring portrayals of figures such as Kate Middleton, who exemplifies "duty and loyalty to the Crown" and an avenue to a brighter future. Fascinating and fast-paced, Brown's blockbuster is a must for royal watchers.

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“Frothy and forthright, a kind of Keeping Up with the Windsors with sprinkles of Keats.”—The New York Times (Notable Book of the Year)

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Elle, Town & Country

“Never again” became Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra shortly after Princess Diana’s tragic death. More specif­ically, there could never be “another Diana”—a mem­ber of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the Brit­ish monarchy.
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