William and Kate: A Royal Love Story

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I put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang on to that love and look after it. . . . You must protect it. —Diana, Princess of Wales

The book that surprised the industry, now updated with a new chapter on the wedding and 15 wedding photographs.

Theirs was destined from the start to be one of the most celebrated unions of the twenty-first century: he, the charismatic prince who would someday be ...

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Overview

I put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang on to that love and look after it. . . . You must protect it. —Diana, Princess of Wales

The book that surprised the industry, now updated with a new chapter on the wedding and 15 wedding photographs.

Theirs was destined from the start to be one of the most celebrated unions of the twenty-first century: he, the charismatic prince who would someday be crowned king of England; she, the stunningly beautiful commoner who won his heart. Prince William and Kate Middleton defied all odds to forge a storybook romance amid the scandals, power struggles, tragedies, and general dysfunction that are the hallmarks of Britain’s Royal Family. In the process, they became the most written about, gossiped about, admired, and envied young couple of their generation.

Yet for most of their nearly decade-long affair, William and Kate have remained famously quiet and kept their royal relationship a tantalizing mystery. Now, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen reveals the intimate details of their celebrated courtship and offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the man and wife—and future king and queen—they will become:

· William’s lifelong role as confidant and adviser to his fragile mother, and how it has shaped his relationship with Kate

· The lengths the couple went to to keep their affair secret, from their first days together as university students (when he cheered her on as she modeled racy lingerie at a fashion show)

· William’s romantic conquests before—and during—his decade-long romance with Kate

· The person who was really behind their headlinemaking breakup—and how Kate won back her prince

· The shocking sex-and-drugs scandals involving Kate’s wild relatives, and how the would-be queen survived them

· The long-troubling influence of William’s substance-abusing aristocrat friends and the depression Kate rescued him from

· Stunning new information on the threats to both their lives, the nightmare scenario that haunts William’s dreams to this day, and their narrow escape from repeating Diana’s fate

· Surprising details on the Queen’s historic plans for William and Kate, which will forever change the face of the monarchy

For many, William and Kate’s union represents an opportunity to recapture the magic—the compelling and complicated legacy—of his beloved mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Part glittering fairy tale, part searing family drama, part political potboiler, part heart-stopping cliff-hanger, theirs is, above all else, an affair to remember.

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Theirs is the story of two young people who found each other in college, came perilously close to losing what they had forever, and pulled back from the brink at the last possible moment. Theirs is the story of private moments stolen for public consumption, of harrowing car chases, of scorching personal dramas played out behind the scenes, of calm heads prevailing in times of panic, and of a singular devotion made stronger by time.

The saga of William and Kate is one thing above all else: a love story.

—From William and Kate: A Royal Love Story

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451621464
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 278,147
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of sixteen New York Times bestsellers which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. Two of his books—The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died (about JFK Jr.)—reached #1. Andersen’s other bestselling titles include Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story, An Affair to Remember, Jackie After Jack, Bill and Hillary, Diana’s Boys, George and Laura, Sweet Caroline, American Evita, Madonna Unauthorized, Barbra: The Way She Is, and Somewhere in Heaven. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and longtime senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Life, and Vanity Fair. Andersen has appeared frequently on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Entertainment Tonight, CBS This Morning, Extra, Access Hollywood, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Hardball, Larry King Live, “E” Entertainment, Inside Edition, and more.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Delightful Read!

    I have to admit that prior to reading this book, I knew next to nothing about the present-day monarchy, but like so many others, am finding myself interested now with Willam and Kate's engagement. That said, I felt that the author did a great job at not only telling the story of the courtship between William and Kate, but also at giving me a glimpse into the life of the modern royal family and how it operates. I liked the author's writing, and felt that for the most part, he handled the multitude of scandals and rumors surrounding this family with tact and taste, while still giving me the juiciness and details I wanted. I was sad for the book to end, as I enjoyed the escapism it provided. Recommended!!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Total Enjoyment!

    I love a 'true love story', and this book filled the bill. I feel like I was apart of their story because of all the detailed information into their private relationship. Everyone has 'ups and downs' in any relationship and this book told of theirs in the most passionate way. If you're a fan of the Royal Family you will truly enjoy this royal romantic love story.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    A good introduction to Kate and William as a couple

    I found this book to be informative without being overly tabloidish. Once I started reading it was hard to put down. Andersen has done a decent job at helping the public understand who Middleton is beyond the tabloid stories. I ended up feeling sorry for her because ultimately she was a young woman trying to figure her life out while dealing with the hot glare of the media spotlight. I also gained a good insight into who Prince William is. The media puts him up as some good, saint like Prince of a beloved late Princess. In reality he has flaws, is sweet, adventerous, but also not the best boyfriend, and as is the case with royals and the rich, very self involved and spoiled. Yet despite this I didn't end up deeply disliking the Prince. Andersen's book manages to show the human side of the subjects, never fawning over either.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2011

    Great book.

    This book was just what I had hoped... a little history surrounding the time of william's life/childhood, a lot of behind the scenes/family perspective, and not just portraying the press and their skewed view of their relationship. I think the "behind the scenes look" at their relationship from start until now brings more a more human side to both of them- and their relationship. Although they have struggled with many things that most of us wouldn't ever have to-- in the same aspect they have their struggles and they've dealt with them the same way we all do.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    A Royal Disappointment

    I am extremely disappointed in this story. This is a story of a womanizer and a young woman plotting what she needed to do to get engaged to a prince. I wouldn't say that's a love story. The entire book is nothing but partying and vacations. I sure hope there is more depth to these two people than this. Don't waste your money, it's an expanded People Magazine article.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    A True Life Cinderella Story

    This book, to me, gave a very in-depth look into the lives of Prince William and Catherine. You feel as if you have become a trusted friend to them after you have read the last sentence. The information within will have you reading page after page. I enjoyed this book very much.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Informative, not tabloid-ish

    I enjoyed reading about Will and Kate's long and arduous journey to the altar, made even more interesting by the inclusion of background information about their families. Will and Kate may each be a product of their pasts, but with luck and good sense, perhaps they will make their own happy ending-- and redefine the British monarchy in the process.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Highly Reccomend

    This book is sooo awesome......I am only 12 and I enjoy this book soooooo much EVERY SECOND OF IT.......This book is about the life of a lovely couple Prince William and his wife Kate YOU MUST BUY AND ENJOY!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    Terrific and intelligent!

    Great book and full of interesting info beyond just the fluff of People magazine. Really well written and engrossing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    wow

    i never knew half of this until i read this. congrats to Wills and Kate on their wedding yesterday! her dress reminded me of Grace Kellys.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Disgusting

    I found this book, if details are true, to be disturbing in the extreme on a people portrayed to be self indulgent parasitic pariahs. Figures are constantly mentioned on unnecessary money of taxpayers to go to overly self indulgent parties and trips. The events recounted make those in the royal circle to seem to unnacountably socially ignorant and driven by blind self interest. Either the facts are true or this book is complete trash and either way it is completely disgusting!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Totally cool

    This book is really intresting. It also great to use for social studies and stuff like that. They should make a movie for the marrage like they did for facebook the social network. Bravo for england's history!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Let the royal watching commence!

    An enjoyable read giving a look into one of the most talked about relationships of the century. It does prove though all men are basically the same regardless of status or money - they have no clue what is going on with relationships and it is up to woman to keep them in line. I think that Kate Middleton might be my new hero.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I found this book to be very informative. Not sure what I expected but I was very surprised by how little I knew about their courtship. I think she will be a great asset to the royal family and more importantly as she has proven the best friend and a great wife for William.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    This is by far one of the greatest books in regards to William and Kate's romance. From the moment I got it I could not put it down, it is so intriguing that I skipped my school readings to read their love story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    nunya

    i love how they met and tgeir story of live! its sooooooo romantic! if you don't like this modern cinderella story,then you are crazy!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! Love it!!! to die for!

    im only 14 and i LOVE this book!! <3

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    great book!

    Loved every second of the book. A very easy read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    If you are a loyal Royal family reader, you will love the inside story on this love affair. It's the fairytale of every girl's dream come true. This is a real love story not like what they tried to pass off to us when Charles and Di were getting married. Very interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Entertainment and History At The Same Time

    I really enjoyed how this book went deep into not only William and Kates relationship, but both their parents as well. It gives very good input on the whole Royal family and also the birth of Prince George. I loved reading it and if you like reading about the Royals and the scandals that come with, you wont be disappointed.

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