The Duke of Sussex is more unique than a rare case of public confession, but there are other books, than Prince Harry’s Memoir, written by royals or people very close to them that can reveal intimate and secret details will be released on January 10, 2023.
If there are hundreds of royal-themed books, perhaps thousands, the discourse on books written by royalty is quite different, that is, on titles conceived, developed and then published under the name of a member of the British royal family.
Prince Harry’s Memoir:
The last and most striking example is the Prince Harry’s Memoir, which will be released on January 10, 2023, and which has a title that is already a whole program: Spare – The Lesser, on the torments of the Duke of Sussex compared to him being him an eternal second. Before him, only the former King Edward VIII, or the Duke of Windsor, was guilty of a similar fault (i.e. revealing the secrets of Queen Elizabeth’s family) by writing the memoir King’s Novel: The Memoirs of His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor, published in 1951 nearly 20 years after his scandalous abdication.
The children of Queen Elizabeth and her close relatives have never unbalanced themselves with books that delve into the dangerous and very private meanders of court life: they know that they cannot do it, that they cannot reveal the secrets of the royal family to anyone.
Prince Harry, already out of court as of 2020, and the Duke of Windsor, who was guilty of the worst offence by leaving the crown to his brother George VI (Elizabeth’s father), are two figures unrelated to the institutional role, but forever anchored to a particular collective imagination that craves confidences: that of the Duke of Sussex, in particular, promises to be an exciting reading not only from the real point of view but particularly intimate from the human one.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle write books.
Over the years, several members of the British royal family have published volumes related to more generic projects: for example, Kate Middleton, in 2020, co-authored the photographic book Hold / Still on the story of the pandemic in pictures.
Meghan Markle, on the other hand, 2018 published a cookbook, Together, a solidarity volume from sold-out, and replicated in 2021 with The Bench, an illustrated book for children that soon entered the New York Times best sellers.
While full involvement in the book’s writing has never been confirmed, the Dukes of Sussex appear to have collaborated with journalist Omid Scobie on the unauthorized biography Finding Freedom, in which the difficult path of rebirth to Harry’s freedom is revealed. Meghan Markle after leaving the royal family.
The controversial book about (and about) Diana written by Andrew Morton
The books that tell the life of Diana Spencer are many. Still, only one has had the merit of telling us her torments: she wrote it in 1992 and is called Diana – the true story from her words, a biography that collected all the secrets, the thoughts, the scandalous details of her marriage to Carlo.
Although it was not made official at the time, it is now known that Diana herself had collaborated with Morton but decided not to appear in any way among the sources of the book.
This is perhaps the most impressive collection of first-hand information on Diana Spencer that has ever been published.
The book of Elizabeth’s nanny, Crawfie
Another fascinating volume to understand the life of royalty is The Little Princesses, written by Marion Crawford, the historical nanny of Queen Elizabeth and her sister Margaret. First published in 1950, after many years spent in the princess nursery ( Crawfie, as the girls called her, had then followed Elizabeth in her first years of marriage to Philip of Edinburgh, only to leave the family with all the honours shortly after), the book generated a great wave of scandal: Crawfie cost the pillory public and the sudden removal from the house that the queen mum had given her by her ten-year commitment with the royal family.
The intrusion into Elizabeth’s private life had been considered a real betrayal: to date, however, Crawfie’s book is a beautiful glimpse of Elizabeth’s childhood, narrated through the voice of those who helped raise her.
The books of Angela Kelly, the Queen’s seamstress
The one who had the honour of telling the little secrets of Queen Elizabeth’s daily life was Angela Kelly, her historical seamstress. The latter, over the years, has become her closest confidant.
Although King Charles kindly threw her out as soon as he ascended the throne (it is said for a decade-long dislike), the books written by Angela with the permission of the sovereign are another fine example of how one can tell a woman as Elisabetta from many points of view, not least her style—dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe and The Other Side of the coin, the most recent.