They are the most chronicled family on the face of the globe. Their every move attracts headlines. Scores of books have tried and failed to penetrate the royal facade. Now Kitty Kelley has gone behind palace walls to provide the first three-dimensional, comprehensive, and evenhanded portrait of the men and women who make up the British Royal family.
Kelley spent more than four years investigating the royal family. In addition to meticulous research into documented sources, she conducted hundreds of exclusive interviews with past and present employees of the royal household, royal friends and relations, courtiers, members of Parliament, and other intimate observers, raising the curtain on this most secretive family. Here are lonely royal children brought up without a proper education in isolated and artificial surroundings, 20th-century adolescents with 19th-century touchstones. Here are the sexual ambiguities, the alcoholism, gambling, and womanizing that were common in the House of Windsor long before Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. No one is spared; here 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.
Illuminating the Windsors' arrogance, naiveté , and lusts - as well as hard work, dedication, and ability to survive the most humiliating disclosures - The Royals is Kitty Kelley's richest, most iconoclastic, historically significant, and compelling work.
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I love Kitty Kelley's work and this is about a far and truthful insight I believe you're going to get. Riveting from beginning to end, I found the only thing to irk me a bit was the narrator's occasional mispronunciation, (Al, as in the word pal, thorp. Diana Spencer's home of Althorp should have been pronounced All-throp). A slight oddity, I accept, but that's just how we pronounce it here. I found a few of these. Apart from a few of these little slip ups in the narration - which would never have bothered the reader, only the audiobook listener - I loved The Royals and couldn't stop listening to it. I think though the exploits of the Duke have been underplayed, but, at the risk of making the story too much about him, I suppose the finished product is well rounded and very entertaining.
I love classics and non-fiction!
I thought this biography to be well written and insightful. if you're interested in the British royal family, you'll find this paced nicely and informative without being plodding. It fills in a lot of gaps and explains the back story of the current royals and their foibles. of course, it was written before there was the Middleton family, so there's nothing more recent really than Prince Charles and Camila. the voice recording is good and pleasant to listen too. All in all a worthwhile story.
I hate this book. The author appears to have a vendetta against the Queen Mother. Her sources for the startling information in the book all appear to be backed up only by the Duke of Windsor after his abdication and I cannot see him as a credible source given the animosity towards his family members especially his mother and the Queen Mother. All together it was a poison pen book to cast the royal family in as poor a light as possible. Not worth the time or money.
It was ok
The whole thing
Very disappointing book
If you love Real Housewives and celebrity gossip, you will love this. While I personally believe about 75% of this as fact, Kelley definitely didher research from other interviews and reports spanning decades.
The insiders information. I didn't know that Prince Philip had so many trysts.
The author's ability to bring history to life. I enjoyed hearing about Queen Elizabeth's family.
Prince William and Prince Harry's upbringing was rather sad although brought up with many things, nothing can take the place of a loving family. I was disgusted by Princess Fergie's shenanigans.
Their lives would've been different if it were not for modern technology, paparazzi, etc. I've read about this royal family's ancestors who behaved the same but got away with so much because of the times they lived in...no cameras, no tv news, no radio, no cell phones or wiretapping.
interesting gossipy book. the class system in England is outdated and creates bizarre intolerable behavior. maybe the monarchy has reached its end.
I've always enjoyed Kitty Kelley's writing - but please re-record this one with someone familiar with English names and pronunciations! Ms Van Dyck commits dozens of errors, many of which are painful - Althrop, Altrincham, Home (as in the PM), even Jacqueline (as in Kennedy) to mention just a few. It gets irritating really quickly.
Excellent story and an eye opener for sure. Highly recommend.Changed my view of the Monarcy somewhat
"FACINATING - well written and marvelous presented"
FACINATING - INTRIGUING - AMAZING
i liked the fact that it gives an overall view on the Royal family ... without mercy - everybody was portrait... well put together ...
there are too many to list them all ..
nothing moved me...but it ALL FASCINATED ME fascinated
this book is well researched, puts it all together and one truly gets the whole Royal Family presented - and lots of little details create an amazing picture....
once you read or listened to this book you can forget all the other books....
"excellennt better late than never"
First book I have read from audible very controversial when first published in fact a German friend brought it to uk it was banned in Britain. Easy to dip into narrAtion.even if you have to take a lot of it with pinch o salt it is thought provoking .o
Old scandal and rumour. The fact that it can now be read shows just how much Times have changed
Not really applicable. But I enjoyed reading about just how much the pomp has diminished
It was a shock to read just how much bowing and scraping went on.
I thought the quality of the diction very clear if this is typical of audible I will be very pleased
"More accurate than the media drivel!"
I suspect Kitty Kelley received heavy criticism because her books reveal things that powerful people don't want revealed. Her sources here are former servants, formal documents and people who have witnessed interactions between each of these royals and others at public events. When the book was published, it was trashed as fantasy and rubbish. Since then solid evidence has come to light that confirms much of what Kelley wrote, including the two Royal children who were 'stored' in a psychiatric hospital until they died recently, this because their Learning Disabilities were considered an embarrassment.
This book is well written and narrated.
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