Following Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, which sent shockwaves across the world, it has been announced that Tom Bower, the so-called master of unauthorised biographies, is penning a new book about the Duchess of Sussex.
A source told The Sun that “this is the book Meghan will be dreading”, especially considering the fact that investigative journalist Bower “doesn’t pull his punches, and is terrifyingly thorough in his research. No stone will be left unturned.”
The biographer, who will reportedly receive a six-figure sum, will spend 12 months meticulously researching the book, consulting friends, foes and associates of the royal couple so he can tell Meghan’s story. Reports even suggest he’ll interview Meghan’s family, including her father Thomas.
The news follows the publication of Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which presented a sympathetic view of Meghan and Harry’s lives as senior royals and their exit from the Royal Family last year. It is understood that US publisher Simon & Schuster has bought the rights to Bower’s forthcoming title.
Owing to the centuries-long global fascination with the royal family – just a look at the fact that 73 million households have watched The Crown since 2016 – we predict this new release will become a bestseller.
If you can’t wait for its publication, we’ve rounded up some of the must-read royal biographies already out there.
From stories about the Queen’s early life in Buckingham Palace to the lesser-known memories of Christmases at Sandringham, the authors of these titles have worked hard to reveal the truth through painstaking research and interviews.
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‘Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family’ by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, published by HQ
Finding Freedom promises to dispel the misconceptions about the Sussexes and depict the frustrations behind closed doors as the pair planned their exit from royal life.
The unofficial biography, written by royal reporters Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, documents the early days of Harry and Meghan’s courtship, the culture of increased tension between the Sussexes and other members of the royal family, and the resentment that they claim grew between Harry and Meghan and William and Kate.
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed for the book and made no contributions, it’s based on sources close to Harry and Meghan, as well as the authors’ experiences as members of the royal press. Uncovering everything from the courtiers’ open dislike for Meghan, to Harry’s friends having reservations about his relationship, this is a must-read for anyone looking to find out the truth behind "Megxit".
‘Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch’ by Sally Bedell Smith, published by Random House Trade
An in-depth look into the life and legacy of the longest-serving monarch, this book is said to be a comprehensive and well-researched biography that takes you on a fascinating journey from the Queen’s childhood up until Kate and William’s wedding in 2011. With a range of photos from private collections, as well anecdotes from those close to her, it’s a great read if you’ve finished The Crown and have been left wondering what is truth and what is fiction.
‘Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words’ by Andrew Morton, published by Michael O’Mara
In 1993, Princess Diana announced she was reducing her official royal duties, at the height of her fame, to live a more private life following her separation from Prince Charles. During her time in the royal family, she was best known for her humanitarian efforts and her attempts to reshape the monarchy into a more emotional institution. Diana: Her True Story documents the princess’s long-term legacy through never-before-published material from original interviews, as well as an account of the events that surrounded her death. Just when she was finding her freedom and happiness her life was cut short, making this a heartbreaking story.
‘Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts’ by Christopher Warwick, published by Wellbeck Publishing
The much-loved Netflix series The Crown provided a glimpse into the life of the Queen’s younger sister Princess Margaret, played by Helena Bonham Carter, and this biography, authorised by Margaret herself, is said to be a gripping read. From early childhood memories of moving into Buckingham Palace, to her doomed romance with Peter Townsend and her life in Mustique, this reveals everything there is to know about the late princess.
‘Prince Philip Revealed: A Man Of His Century’ by Ingrid Seward, published by Simon & Schuster UK
Following the Duke’s life from infancy to the present day, this is a well-researched overview of the longest-serving British consort in history. Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, brings her wealth of knowledge and experience in covering the royals to this biography of the most enigmatic member of the family.
‘Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life’ by Sally Bedell Smith, published by Random House
Providing an intimate view of the heir to the throne, Sally Bedell Smith documents how Prince Charles has spent his life waiting in the wings to take his position as king. The details of his private and public life have been well documented, and Smith’s biography is said to cover them in a diligent and exemplary way. Regarded as an interesting and insightful read, it’s perfect for those looking to discover more about his turbulent marriage to Diana and subsequent relationship with Camilla.
‘Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult’ by Robert Lacey, published by HarperCollins
Royal expert and historical consultant to The Crown, Robert Lacey lays bare the relationship between Harry and William, from their early closeness and dealing with their parent’s chaotic relationship to their alleged rift. Asking questions about what happens when two siblings are raised for different futures – one with the prospect of becoming king, the other one knowing he will always be “spare” – Lacey provides an insightful account into royal life.
‘The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe’ by Angela Kelly, published by HarperCollins
There are few people who have really been at Her Majesty’s side throughout her life, but her former dresser and personal advisor Angela Kelly has done just that. The queen gave Kelly permission to write this book and, as a result, it gives a rare glimpse into the household. Aside from fascinating details of Elizabeth’s life, Kelly also shares the inner workings of her wardrobe and the getting-ready process, such as the fact she does her own make-up and her diamonds are cleaned with gin ahead of events (we’re wondering whether they use her Hillsborough Castle gin or the Buckingham Palace version). Said to be written with much joy, we think this will make any queenie fan happy.
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