William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls

William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls

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by Katie Nicholl
     
 

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William and Harry is a fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of not only the British public, but those the world over. This is the definitive book about the princes, bringing their story right up to date. It is the tale of two brothers who have carried the legacy of their

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William and Harry is a fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of not only the British public, but those the world over. This is the definitive book about the princes, bringing their story right up to date. It is the tale of two brothers who have carried the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, into the twenty-first century and on whom the future of the House of Windsor largely depends.

Drawing on her unique set of contacts Katie Nicholl recounts the royal brothers' extraordinary lives and reveals William and Harry's real characters as they become front-line soldiers and modern princes. Through her network of sources, some of which have agreed to speak for the very first time, Katie tells the story of one of Prince William's earliest romances, and his struggle with his destiny as a future King of England. As a royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton seems more probable, Katie has spoken to a wealth of contacts close to the couple who reveal how their love affair really started at St Andrews, the hurdles the pair overcame and the challenges they still face. She recounts the story of Harry's time at Eton, his relationship with Chelsy Davy, and his three months he spent on the front line in Afghanistan. She analyses William and Harry's complex relationship with their father, and the woman who will one day become Queen Camilla. She talks to their friends, contemporaries and confidants to paint a unique and revealing portrait of the two most famous brothers in the world.

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In her debut, Daily Mail on Sunday royalcorrespondent Nicholl zooms in on House of Windsor Princes William and Harry.

Beginning with the birth of the elder William in 1982, the author covers all the major events of the princes' lives up to the present. She mostly colors in their childhood with the idiosyncrasies of their mother, the late Diana: her quest to deviate from royal tradition, giving birth in a hospital and hiring young nannies, and her eschewing her sovereign kin, preferring to shop, watch soaps and gab on the telephone. The media's chronicling of the unhappiness between Diana and Charles and Diana's tragic demise comprise the drama of the princes' formative years. The ability of classmates to follow their family saga compounded the princes' suffering, especially William's. Though their bodyguards sat at the back of the classroom or on the sidelines of the football field, the princes mostly fit in at school like anyone else. Nicholl describes William as the scholar and Harry as the prankster, but she extols them both as lushly romantic figures, mentioning numerousheiresses who caught their eye, including William and Harry's relationships with long-term girlfriends, Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy, respectively. Nicholl unearths little about key friendships, and the only mentors she names are father, Prince Charles, and grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Adulthood brings boozing and clubbing amid harsh military training, since both princes joined the armed forces in hopes of reaching the front lines; Harry helped thwart two attacks in Afghanistan. With tabloid relish, Nicholl cuts from military feats to public blunders that incited obloquy: William flying a service jet to visit his girlfriend and Harry donning a Nazi costume at a birthday party. The author finishes on a high note, commending the princes' public service and speculating on when William will propose to Middleton.

Superficial and indulgent, the book still manages to promote the princes as possibly worthy future leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602861466
Publisher:
Weinstein Publishing
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
200,201
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Katie Nicholl has been writing about the British Royal Family for nearly a decade. She is the Royal Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday where she also edits her incredibly popular and respected eponymous weekly column of which Prince Harry is a regular reader. In conjunction with her successful print career, Katie also works as a commentator on Sky News, the BBC, and CBS in America. She lives with her husband in North London.

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William and Harry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Em-ily- More than 1 year ago
This book was intriguing! I had a hard time putting it down to do my studies! I knew nothing about the British monarchy and this book explained everything the author referenced to. Overall, I would recommend this book!
Love2ReadSL More than 1 year ago
I really recommend this book, great insight on the real lives of William and Harry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be very interesting, however, I thought the flow of the book was very choppy. Also, I wished Katie Nicholl would have disclosed more of her sources. But none the less, I found it to be a good read.
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