The Palace Papers By Tina Brown
Book/Novel Author: Tina Brown
Book/Novel Title: The Palace Papers
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The“addictively readable” (The Washington Post)inside story of the British royal family’s battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years—only to confront new, twenty-first-century crises “Brown is a deft and wily royal chronicler, marshaling a heavy arsenal of details into a wickedly edible narrative.”—Los Angeles Times“Never again” became Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra shortly after Princess Diana’s tragic death. More specifically, there could never be “another Diana”—a member of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the British monarchy.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.Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals that have buffeted the monarchy over the last twenty-five years. We see the Queen’s stoic resolve after the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, and Prince Philip, her partner for seven decades, and how she triumphs in her Jubilee years even as family troubles rage around her. Brown explores Prince Charles’s determination to make Camilla Parker Bowles his wife, the tension between William and Harry on “different paths,” the ascendance of Kate Middleton, the downfall of Prince Andrew, and Harry and Meghan’s stunning decision to step back as senior royals. Despite the fragile monarchy’s best efforts, “never again” seems fast approaching.Tina Brown has been observing and chronicling the British monarchy for three decades, and her sweeping account is full of powerful revelations, newly reported details, and searing insight gleaned from remarkable access to royal insiders. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevocably change how the world perceives and understands the royal family.
No, you do not know everything already about the royals. Tina Brown has created a wondrous ride through the palace grounds of history, personalities, victories, failures, and witty and sly interpretations of momentous decisions. I could not put this book down. I had COVID while I read it and I think its delicious descriptors of people and things were an antidote to help cure me. Yes, this book is as juicy as a big red grilled steak.
If you are looking for a new tidbit, backstory or surprise, forget it. This book has nothing new or different.
Tina Brown is an excellent writer who undertakes a tremendous amount of research and can rely on impeccable sources. I learned tidbits about members of the royal family that I never had known. This is just a great read, providing many insights.