Ever been curious about the secret lives and histories behind British royals? The following historical biographies and British memoirs uncover the mysterious lives of royals. At the end of the day, royals are just people like us, right? These royal biographies reveal that in some ways, yes, their lives are just like ours, and in other ways, it’s a completely different world.
by Chris Mooney
James Patterson tells the most heartbreaking story of our time, as only he can—Diana’s life as a princess and a mother taken too soon from her sons, William and Harry—timed to the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death. From the moments William and Harry are born into the House of Windsor, they become their young mother’s whole world. I’ve got two very healthy, strong boys. I realize how incredibly lucky I am, Diana reminds herself every morning. But even the Princess of Wales questions, Am I a good mother? Diana’s faced with a seemingly impossible challenge: one son destined to be King of England and another determined to find his own way. She teaches them to honor royal tradition, even while daring to break it.
Perfect for fans of The Crown, this captivating biography from a New York Times bestselling author follows Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret as they navigate life in the royal spotlight. They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward Vlll decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more Margaret would have to curtsey to the sister she called 'Lillibet.' And bow to her wishes.
Meghan Markle has charmed Americans on-screen for years, but recently she also charmed the British royals by marrying Prince Harry and making history as the first bi-racial American princess. While Meghan Markle is groundbreaking in many ways, she had a life just like everyone else, and a childhood and career before making her way across the pond. Meghan by Andrew Morton is a biography that unveils Meghan’s life before royalty as well as examining her place within the royal family. With pictures of the American princess and her new family, this book is bound to entertain any fan of the royals.
Harry is a biography of Prince Harry that works to detail the Prince of Wales’s life from childhood to the present, examining the loss, grief, and happiness he’s experienced along the way. With exclusive pictures and information from Harry’s close contacts, Nicholl makes the Prince seem approachable and human by looking behind the mysterious royal facade. With interviews with palace aides, and details of Harry’s juicy love life, this book is sure to please any fan of the royals.
Kate Middleton captured the world’s attention when she married Prince William in 2011, and the public demands to know more about this beautiful princess. Katie Nicholl, longtime Daily Mail royal correspondent and biographer, looks at Kate’s life before and after William, as well as how she handled her new princess duties and experiences as a mother. Kate Nicholl's Kate captures Kate’s life until just after her first pregnancy and offers a readable, gripping view of her ascension to royalty. Nicholl discusses Kate’s love life pre-William, as well as her experiences dating her now-husband, all with the tact and detail of an experienced reporter. Delve into the royals’ lives with this look at the woman who will one day be queen.
Once the lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, Ann Glenconner shares what it’s like to live in the shadow of the royal family in Lady in Waiting. Though born into minor nobility herself, Glenconner always managed to be on the fringes of royal society. However, the fringes are where one can best witness the drama, intrigue, and devastation of the royal family firsthand. This book tells stories of the royal family that no one else could know, but it also features recollections of celebrities that interacted with the royals, presenting a view of royal life few get to see. With humor and tact, Glenconner details her unique position as a friend, confidant, and servant of the royal family.
In some regards, the royals live just like we do, albeit in a bigger house. Employees and servants take on domestic tasks and the royals oversee it as the heads of the household, but as with any big family, there’s bound to be drama when things don’t go according to plan. Behind the Throne by Adrian Tinniswood seeks to tell those stories by adding context to great historical moments through examining the domestic side of royal history. Journey through time and understand the real stories behind big historical moments from an insider’s perspective.
An American Princess in her own right, Grace Kelley found herself enraptured by Prince Rainier of Monaco. Kelley tried to impress her family, but rarely felt like she could live up to their high expectations. In Prince Rainier she found her life partner––but not without a bit of royal drama along the way. This book speculates that this royal marriage benefitted both parties, but that eventually the two came to love each other sincerely and wholly. Detailing both Kelley’s pre-princess life and her royal transformation, Once Upon a Time seeks to provide a complete view of one of the most famous royal marriages.
With so many fun and fascinating resources, you’ll be on your way to discovering some every day magic and deeper wisdom in your own life!