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Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. The British Royal Family has long been the subject of passionate interest and gobs of gossip-from the tragic sort, the sordid, and the celebratory: pestering paparazzi drove Princess Diana to her death, News of the World reported that Prince Harry had been smoking pot, and millions showed up and tuned in to watch Prince William wed commoner Kate Middleton. Here, Junor, bestselling author of Diana: Princess of Wales and expert on the royal family, focuses on the life of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, detailing his gilded childhood, his parents' troubled marriage, his coming-of-age to embrace a strong sense of societal duty and dedication to his country, and-of course-his own courtship and wedding to Kate in 2011. Throughout, Junor insists that "William has striven for normality all his life," and his oft-maligned father is presented as a sympathetic figure. She also emphasizes the intimacy enjoyed by William and his brother Harry, writing that, in the wake of their mother's untimely death, "what probably helped the boys more than anything was having each other." Having reported on and worked closely with the Royal Family for 30 years, Junor is privy to plenty of drama, but this bio comprises more than just dirt and hearsay; Junor sheds light on the day-to-day ordeals that try a family and a man, royal or no. Color photos.
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