Today's blogpost is a review of a new book about the British Royal family - it appeared in the i newspaper.
The book's subtitle mentions The Truth and the Turmoil, and legendary editor Tina Brown certainly goes there. The book is well-researched, very funny, at times jaw-dropping.
There are a dozen main characters, and what certainly comes over (and is reflected on the cover, with women on the front and men on the back) is that the women may not be better or worse, but they are a lot more interesting than the men.
We can enjoy the idea that the Royal family were snooty because noughties singleton Kate Middleton didn’t have a ‘real job’ – compared with whom, exactly?
And that in 2016 ‘Meghan’s vision for herself now was as a global celebrity brand synonymous with enlightened causes..[even though] very few people had ever heard of her'. Then: One Palace adviser told Brown that Meghan thought “she could change the world. It’s a very American type; we don’t have them here”. Could the gulf be any wider?
We can consider that Prince Charles has now been married to Camilla for longer than he was to Princess Diana.
And we can learn that Prince Charles “just wasn’t the kind of person the Queen admired”. Oh dear.
I loved every dynamite moment of the book, because I take a very un-admiring view of the Royal Family at the best of times, but I do enjoy a good gossip.
... and you can buy the book anywhere.
Tina Brown's earlier book The Vanity Fair Diaries features in this blogpost, and I am also a big fan of her The Diana Chronicles, a wildly entertaining biography of the Princess of Wales.