~Book ♃ The Royals ♆ Kitty Kelley, Bestselling Investigative Biographer, Delivers A Controversial Portrait Of The British Royal Family As Told From Behind The Palace Wallsperfect For Fans Of Netflix S The Crown They Are The Most Chronicled Family On The Face Of The Globe Their Every Move Attracts Headlines Now Kitty Kelley Has Gone Behind The Scenes At Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle And Kensington Palace To Raise The Curtain On The Men And Women Who Make Up The British Royal Family Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Dianahere Are The Scandals Of The Last Decades The Doomed Marriages And The Husbands, Wives, Lovers And Children Caught In Their Wake And Damaged Beyond Repair No One Is Spared
OK, I am an Anglophile I admit it And I have always been fascinated with royalty, their marriages, families, behind the castle walls, and dynastic lines, kingdoms rising and falling, maintaining, and the whole nine yards.Kelley takes you behind the castle walls all right straight into the bedrooms or the gardens or wherever royal trysts have taken place, and usually not the royal spouse This is a gossipy, tell all look into the House of Windsor, which officially began in 1917 George V and his crew, who to separate his family s German origins from his people s imaginations during World War I, renamed the royal family from Saxe Coburg Gotha Victoria s Albert s family name to Windsor from Windsor Castle She spares no one of what seems to be one dysfunctional clan to beat them all infidelity, affairs and affairs and affairs, hidden homosexuality, neglected children, marriages without real love I ate it up This was great fun. This is a behind the scenes look at the Windsors, or the Germanic family that changed its name during WWI so it would appear British It s a long book but if you re interested in the English ruling royals and their offspring, this is one volume to peruse.Now, it appears that much info comes from unnamed sources, many of whom seem to be a little angry and condescending Downstairs wants to be upstairs, so to speak I m sure Kelley did her research, but I always take everything with a grain of salt when memories come with agendas Still, I was never bored, although I wish there was on George V, who for all his faults looks like Zeus compared to his children and grandchildren Much of the book is focused on the current Queen and her brethren Oh my Oh my Oh my.Unlike others, I don t begrudge Prince Charles his idiosyncrasies I talk to my plants, too Then again, I won t be the future ruler of the United Kingdom Where I DO differ from just about everyone else on the planet is on the late Princess Diana She always reminded me of an ambitious and scheming airhead, so I wasn t off put by some of the revelations on these pages In fact, I think Kelley was being nice to her this was published just before Diana s death Which isn t saying much Fergie and Andrew get hit really hard and as for Margaret and Edward and the parasitic brood, yikes Prince Philip may be a hardass, but I actually enjoyed the picture Kitty Kelley paints of him As for the Queen, I m surprised she s not in therapy perhaps she is I always viewed her as a CEO trying to run an organization the firm with a bunch of nutbuckets on the payroll Her portrait here is as a woman who has tried to maintain the previous standards of keeping families intact without divorce only to see her sister, two sons, and daughter not abide by the same rule She seems to have been partial to certain members but when Charles takes over, it appears he wants to run a streamlined institution which would include removing family members from the payroll Chucky III.I give this three stars because I learned quite a bit even if I don t believe everything due to courtier vendettas and royal bickering The layout could have been better Suddenly the emphasis is on Andrew Fergie, then switches to Edward, then back to someone else I guess I m a boring reader, but a bit chronology rather than bitchiness would have served this big production much better.Book Season Summer one generation per month Liked it Very interesting expose on the royal family of England The book profiled all the major players going all the way back to George V and not a one of them came off as being a decent human being who one would want to actually know as a friend What a waste of millions of dollars a year to keep these gold plated parasites in business Makes me glad we cut the cord with them back in 1776. Okay, I knew it would be a trashy expos of the Windsors in Great Britain but I didn t know just how trashy I like historic biography and the way this book was described it sounded like fun a cheeky, irreverent peek at the royal family but it was of a nasty character assassination with too many unsubstantiated claims to hold my interest I mean, if I m going to bother reading it, I d at least like to be able to believe the majority of it That wasn t the case here Too much speculation and not enough verifiable facts plus a preoccupation with everyone s sex lives and the book was a royal bore. The Royals was a sensation even before it was first published in 1997 There was a lot of controversy about what Kitty Kelley was going to dig up on the British royal family and what was going to be put in the book Although she wasn t censored, Kelley did have a bit of difficulty in publishing the book I m an admitted Anglophile with a great love of the royal family Why it has taken me so long to read this, I don t know A few pages in, I m already finding things about the royals that astound me There are so many things I don t know about For example, did you know that Queen Elizabeth is the product of artificial insemination That s only one tidbit I haven t gotten very far in, but I can t wait to find out what else there is to discover I can t put it down This is a must read book for Anglophiles and royalists Barb I ve given up on this book because I think it s simply revolting Katherine described it as all gossip and accounting which really tells you everything you need to know about the content As for the tone it s malicious and quite quite nasty I have enough of my own problems and I don t need to fill my precious reading time with pure poison. The trashiness is its best feature Like an old fashioned US Weekly While many things are referred to as guilty pleasures, until recently I have never felt guilty about any of them I can settle in with a big bag of candy and a trashy book I ve read dozens of times and not feel guilty at all But I felt guilty every step of the way with this one looking it up in the library catalog, finding it on the shelves, checking it out Even after bringing it home, I still debated whether I would actually read it But I did read it, feeling guilty about it most of the way through The book is basically the world s longest US Weekly article, focusing on little besides every bit of gossip and scandal surrounding the British monarchy for the last century If not pulled from an old newspaper article, every story was either, according to a former equerry of the prince or recalled a friend of the duchess God help anyone who has their story assembled based on reporters and the recollections of past friends, acquaintances, and enemies At least I knew going into it that it was basically written by Rita Skeeter and therefore not to be entirely believed The guilt was knowing that no one deserves their private lives intruded upon in such detail It focused so much on the negative I read it all because I just can t get enough of the British Royals I m roughly the same age as Prince William, so ever since I was a little girl I ve known that there was a real life prince out there who would someday marry someone why not me Sure I m an American and I ve never even set foot in Great Britain, but being an Anglican born in the early 80 s gave me just enough hope for a lifelong fantasy Even now, with the fabulous Duchess Kate and baby Prince George, the monarchy is great for fantasy As William and Kate left the hospital with their new baby, I sighed and thought, I know just what it feels like to leave the hospital with a sweet baby boy At precisely that moment, my very own little boy ran by me in a superhero cape and shouted, YOU RE THE BAD GUY I can t imagine that Prince George would ever yell that at his mother, the future Queen We love having a monarchy around so we can vicariously live a fairy tale through them But also as Americans, not be bossed around by anyone My favorite piece of the book was this The Palace press office announced the formal style for Lady Diana Spencer Following the wedding, she will be known as Diana, the Princess of Wales, said an aide She s not Princess Diana because she was not born a princess, and she s not the Princess Diana because only children of the sovereign are entitled to the before their title Americans, who did not understand titles or their subtleties, called her Princess Di As my husband noted when I read him that section, we fought and won a war so we wouldn t have to understand those titles or subtleties But I love that as Americans, we stay obsessed.The book was published in 1997, prior to Princess Diana s death It slogged through the demise of the marriages of the queen s children and ended with an unsure future for Prince Charles as King and a crumbling House of Windsor So much has changed in the fifteen years since the book was written William and Harry were children at the time, so barely mentioned , so in a way it ends at what we know now is probably the worst spot to create an ending in a continuing story Of course, no one knew that at the time It results in an interesting look at a point in history So, two stars, not because I didn t enjoy I guess Oh, the guilt reading the book, but because it could have easily been less gossipy and substantial I wanted to hear about the people and the book was just too mean. Kitty Kelley s book The Royals ends with the famous quote from historian Walter Bagehot about royalty In its mystery is its life We must not let daylight in upon magic But this book is pretty much 500 pages of letting in way daylight than even royalty fans like me would like.I read one review of this book that called it the world s longest US Weekly article, and that s pretty accurate There are tons of anecdotes about the royal family, going back to Queen Elizabeth s parents Many outrageous things are posited, often with a gossipy tone and comments such as there s absolutely no evidence for this, but it was always assumed Kitty Kelley has written similar tell alls about Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Reagan, and , so this is her modus operandi.The book talks about an affair that Prince Philip allegedly had, then in the next paragraph denies it why include this, then It also says that Princess Diana had a miscarriage I d never heard that, and looking a bit online, can t find anything confirming it either So, speculation I suppose.When Sarah Fergie was in the midst of a mess with her marriage to Prince Andrew, the book quotes Prince Philip as saying to her, Look, you may like to know that there but for the grace of God go I I found myself wondering how the author had heard this exact quote she even claims it was said softly.So I d take pretty much everything here with a grain of salt, but in 500 pages you re bound to come across some witty bits For instance, the Queen is described as an obsessive compulsive child, once described by her governess as too methodical and tidy too dutiful for her own good Or how about this vivid description of Prince Charles, allegedly from a classmate He walks into a room like a dark cloud in a double breasted suit The book was published in 1997, the year Diana died, but prior to her death This makes some parts of it rather poignant For instance, the book discusses several parallels between Diana and Grace Kelly, and mentions them meeting Of course, now there are parallels both died young, and in car crashes.Also, the book discusses Andrew Morton working with Diana s friends on the blockbuster book Diana Her True Story Of course, we now know that Diana herself was the source for that, and not just her friends So it s interesting when the book quotes Charles as reading an excerpt from the book and complaining, I can just hear her saying those things Those are her words, exactly So, take it all with plenty of advisement I did enjoy the book overall, as I m a royal junkie But I can t totally recommend this, or vouch for its accuracy.