Summary

They are the most chronicled family on the face of the globe. Their every move attracts headlines. Scores of books have tried and failed to penetrate the royal facade. Now Kitty Kelley has gone behind palace walls to provide the first three-dimensional, comprehensive, and evenhanded portrait of the men and women who make up the British Royal family.
Kelley spent more than four years investigating the royal family. In addition to meticulous research into documented sources, she conducted hundreds of exclusive interviews with past and present employees of the royal household, royal friends and relations, courtiers, members of Parliament, and other intimate observers, raising the curtain on this most secretive family. Here are lonely royal children brought up without a proper education in isolated and artificial surroundings, 20th-century adolescents with 19th-century touchstones. Here are the sexual ambiguities, the alcoholism, gambling, and womanizing that were common in the House of Windsor long before Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. No one is spared; here are the scandals of the last decades: the doomed marriages, and the husbands, wives, lovers, and children caught in their wake and damaged beyond repair.
Illuminating the Windsors' arrogance, naiveté , and lusts - as well as hard work, dedication, and ability to survive the most humiliating disclosures - The Royals is Kitty Kelley's richest, most iconoclastic, historically significant, and compelling work.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen mary on 15-12-17

Not well researched

The narrator insists on calling Diana " the Princess of Wales ". - she was never called the Princess of Wales in the U.K. - she was Diana Princess of Wales or Princess Diana . The use of the word Monarchy split up into three vowels is so irritating - MON - ARCH -Y - why ?

Every Duke is called DOOK . Apart from the narration the book is ok , not great but ok .

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4 out of 5 stars
By tim.j.lee@btinternet.com on 08-11-16

The narrator?!?!

I've always enjoyed Kitty Kelley's writing - but please re-record this one with someone familiar with English names and pronunciations! Ms Van Dyck commits dozens of errors, many of which are painful - Althrop, Altrincham, Home (as in the PM), even Jacqueline (as in Kennedy) to mention just a few. It gets irritating really quickly.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sheila G. on 12-02-16

A titillating and delightful insight....

I love Kitty Kelley's work and this is about a far and truthful insight I believe you're going to get. Riveting from beginning to end, I found the only thing to irk me a bit was the narrator's occasional mispronunciation, (Al, as in the word pal, thorp. Diana Spencer's home of Althorp should have been pronounced All-throp). A slight oddity, I accept, but that's just how we pronounce it here. I found a few of these. Apart from a few of these little slip ups in the narration - which would never have bothered the reader, only the audiobook listener - I loved The Royals and couldn't stop listening to it. I think though the exploits of the Duke have been underplayed, but, at the risk of making the story too much about him, I suppose the finished product is well rounded and very entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 07-11-17

Ties the Tin Can On Them

Most Americans know very little of the inside scoop on the current royal family. This book was a real eye-opener for me. She really knows how to wipe the polish off them and show them with all their flaws -- and there are many.

About the only thing she did not say (maybe because it's obvious) is that their behavior has to be put into some kind of historical context. The nobility was never really expected to display exemplary character until the 20th century. Prior to that, they could be, and were, pretty beastly. The royal family and most of the noble families have not evolved because they've been swaddled in the cotton batting of privilege and wealth. You've got to cut them a little break for not changing their behavior and attitudes as rapidly as the rest of the world. But just a LITTLE break! It's high time for some changes.

Good book and difficult to stop listening, even though I know some of these stories --

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