Biographer Christopher Andersen (The Day Diana Died) once again sets his sights on the British royal family. This time he delves into the relationships between a queen and two future queens: Queen Elizabeth II, her daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wife to Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne, and her granddaughter-in-law, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, whom is second in line to the throne.
Through examining these relationships, Andersen looks at past history such as the decades-long affair between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, partly conducted while both were still married to others, that led to their marriage, and the rocky interludes of the years-long courtship of William and Kate which appears to have evolved into a happy, solid marriage.
Andersen isn’t shy about sharing on-dits such as Camilla’s disdain for Kate’s background, her conniving behind the scenes to sway Prince Charles’ opinions, or Prince Philip’s seeming cluelessness while making unprincely comments abroad. Queen Elizabeth is shown to be worthy of her position as royal head of state, a woman who understands the world is changing and the Windsors’ place as royals in it is somewhat precarious, and whom has taken steps to ensure the monarchy survives. Camilla comes off as an entitled member of high society grasping for the queen’s crown, while Kate is portrayed as being as popular as Princess Diana, but more savvy about navigating life in the royal waters.
If you enjoy narrative biography, are a royal watcher, or viewing Entertainment Tonight, this is a book for you!