‘The Prince George Diaries’ Author Clare Bennett Imagines Life as a Royal

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If you ask me, royal books are having the best year ever.

First, I plowed through The Royal We in about three days and suffered from withdrawal.

THEN I discovered The Prince George Diaries (Michael Joseph books, November 2015) a satirical first-person account of George’s life, as recorded by the heir himself.

The book was written by the very smart, very funny Clare Bennett, a contributing editor to Tatler Magazine who has also worked on movies like Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

In fact, Hugh Grant declared the book “Very clever.  Best diary of a two-year-old I’ve read this year.”

Bennett was kind enough to answer a few questions about the book, including the Duchess of Cambridge’s imagined obsession with the Kardashians and what she was doing the day Princess Charlotte was born.

You gave readers a taste of  The Prince George Diaries in Tatler’s November 2014 issue. When did you know this was bigger than just a column?

When Penguin asked me if I’d like to write an entire book! That was a pretty massive moment.

The way you described Kate watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians was fantastic.   How did you come to imagine her sitting on the couch, binging on episodes?

I think I read somewhere that she watches it – although even if she doesn’t, I thought it would be funny to write about her doing deeply normal things like worrying about Kim and Kanye’s house taking too long to be ready because it was time North had her own room.

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Royal Biographers Pay Tribute To Queen Elizabeth On Her Historical Milestone

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Today, September 9th, is a very significant day for Her Majesty, who – at 5:30pm local time – will officially surpass her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

The Telegraph clocks Victoria’s reign at “23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes” or 63 years and seven months.  Save for an engagement (the Queen will visit Edinburgh, Midlothian and Tweedbank for the Scottish Borders Railway opening celebrations), Elizabeth II will mark September 9th privately at Balmoral, according to reports.

The Daily Mail‘s Sebastian Shakespeare claims that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join Her Majesty on September 9th for a “private dinner.”   Continue reading

Why Royal Biographer Claudia Joseph is So Good At Her Job

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I first read one of Claudia Joseph‘s biographies, Kate: The Making of a Princess in 2011, just a few months before the royal wedding.  Since then I’ve read a number of books on Catherine, William and a number of other royals, but few authors have been able to keep me hooked like Joseph, who doesn’t glaze over details of Catherine’s upbringing and her relationship with William.  For example, in Making of a Princess, Joseph introduced readers to Kate’s ancestors, which allowed for a better understanding of who she is and, perhaps, why she is where is she today.

Joseph’s new book, William and Kate’s Britain (Splendid Publications, Ltd), explores the places that the royal couple have visited, whether frequently or for an official visit.  From St. Andrews University to the bakery that made the royal wedding cake, Joseph literally left no stone unturned.  Continue reading

Why ‘The Royal We’ Is More Than Just a Love Story

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Few books cast such a spell that the reader can’t tear him or herself away.

This is how I felt about The Royal We (Grand Central Publishing, 2015), the book born out of a labor of love that involved thorough research, clever plot twists and the imagination of two very funny women, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, otherwise known as the team behind the hugely popular (and hugely witty) site, Go Fug Yourself.

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The Days of Royal Yore: Will & Kate’s Courtship

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To celebrate today’s release of Heather Cocks‘ and Jessica Morgan‘s book, ‘The Royal We‘ (Grand Central Publishing, 2015), one thought a trip down memory lane would tie in nicely with the story of ‘We,’ about an American who falls in love with a prince while studying abroad in the UK.

The more I got to know Bex and Nick, the more I couldn’t help but wax nostalgic about a certain other couple who met as university students and tried (but oftentimes failed) to keep their relationship out of the public eye. 

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Dickie Arbiter on The Queen’s Actions After Diana’s Death

 

Dickie Arbiter handled press for both Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and the Prince and Princess of Wales for a number of years, including the House of Windsor’s most turbulent decade.

Back in 2011, I spoke to Arbiter’s daughter, royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter, about her father’s job with the royal family.  Dickie was working for Leading Britain’s Conversation when opportunity came knocking.

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