Fascinating Biographies and Memoirs About the Royal Family
This has been a monumental year for the royal family (and all those who love following the royal family). Not only is Charles III getting ready for his coronation following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, but fans have been binging the new season of The Crownand anxiously awaiting Spare, the new memoir from Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. If you’re looking for even more insight into this fascinating family, make a pot of tea and cozy up with this list of royal biographies and memoirs!
It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is that story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.
A “masterly account” (The Wall Street Journal) of the life and loves of King Charles III, Britain’s first king since 1952, shedding light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.
This “excellent, all-embracing” (The New York Times) biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a magisterial study of the woman known only from a distance – and a captivating window into her decades-long reign. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines as well as her personal relationships: with her husband, Prince Philip, the love of her life; her children and their marriages; her grandchildren and friends.
The true story for fans of the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, this page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this stunning portrait is a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience.
The first authoritative biography of one of the most fabled women of the twentieth century, Princess Diana, paints an insightful and haunting portrait. Diana in Search of Herself allows readers to see Diana as she really was, from her birth to her tragic death.
Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she manipulative and media-savvy and nearly brought down the monarchy? Journalist Tina Brown gives us the answers. In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them.
Picking up where Tina Brown’s masterful The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the traumatic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet – only to confront new, twenty-first-century crises. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevocably change how the world perceives and understands the royal family.
Consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, and grandmother of Princes Charles, the Queen Mother was born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the course of an entire century. Vividly detailed, written with unrestricted access to her personal papers, letters, and diaries, this candid royal biography is also a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.
In 1980, Lady Caroline Blackwood was commissioned by The Sunday Times to write an article on the aging Duchess of Windsor, who was said to be convalescing in her French mansion. Yet what began as a curiosity was to become for Blackwood one of the most challenging experiences of her writing career, launching her into a battle of wits with the Duchess’s formidable lawyer, Maître Suzanne Blum. Sixteen years later, Blackwood turned her experiences into this riveting and excoriating modern classic about the frailties of old age, the foibles of society, and the dual-edged nature of celebrity.
With exclusive access to all those closest to Princess Diana, Sarah Bradford now casts aside the gossip and lies and takes us to the very heart of the royal family to separate the myth from the truth of the Diana years. With remarkable new sources, Diana delivers a complex and explosive look at a woman who continues to fascinate.