The Talking Point: “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor, the Truth and the Turmoil?”
What? A new book on the British Royals by Tina Brown, released on April 26. Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey that shows the Queen’s stoic resolve as she coped with the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and her partner for seven decades, Prince Philip, and triumphed in her Jubilee years even as the family dramas raged around her. She explores Prince Charles’s determination to make Camilla his queen, the tension between William and Harry who are on ‘different paths’, the ascendance of Kate Middleton, the disturbing allegations surrounding Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein, and Harry and Meghan’s stunning decision to ‘step back’ as senior royals. Despite the fragile monarchy’s best efforts, ‘never again’ seems fast approaching.
Who is she? A journalist who is known to be close to and pro the British monarchy. In 2000, she was appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to overseas journalism and in 2007, she was inducted into the “Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.”
Why is the bookselling like hotcakes? Well, not always does one get a peek into royalty and the lives of kings and queens. This is a first-hand account and yes, comes from someone who has been “close” to the princely lineage. So, this book is not bad mouthing them or passing judgements. It is simply chronicling, without any bias, the lives of kings and queens in contemporary times.
Some juicy nuggets please? Okay. What’s really caught media attention has been the elaborate packing that goes into Prince Charles’ trips. Now, the Prince of Wales, cannot journey without his toilet paper, toilet seat and mattress! His orthopaedic mattress, toilet seat and “Kleenex Velvet toilet paper,” plus two paintings of the Scottish landscape are a must. Reportedly, Prince Charles’ baggage is moved in a truck days before his travel! And private confidante and former valet, Michael Fawcett is in-charge of this.
No. That’s not it! Prince Charles is particular on the food to be served. He must be apprised on the meal beforehand. The checklist additionally has a premixed Martini and his personal glass.
What more? Other details out include “quirky journey habits of the Queen (Elizabeth II) as well. She by no means forgets to take a slice of her favourite cake, her sizzling water bottle, a pint of blood (we do not know why?) alongside together with her personal toilet paper (Royals love their toilet paper for certain!)