Prince Charles reacts to a loud signal at the metal detector frame.
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So many books have already been written about the British royal family that together they can make up an entire library for a small town. Most of them are official, well-lacquered biographies of crowned persons, full of boring and well-known facts. The rest are most often a set of gossip and unconfirmed stories.
A recent book by a British-American journalist Tina Brown stands alone on the shelves of bookstores. Brown is a well-respected person in the media community, she was the editor-in-chief of Tatler and Vanity Fair magazines, and wrote the world bestseller The Legend of Diana, which became the definitive biography of Lady Dee.
“Palace Papers: Inside the Windsor Dynasty, Truth and Fiction” already made a lot of noise. Brown’s new book, according to experts, “has somewhat shaken the foundations of the British monarchy.” The author reveals many secrets in it, the reasons for the ups and downs of members of the royal family, starting her story from the place where she left off in her last book – from the moment of the death of Princess Diana.
There is one “but”. In the book, everyone got it, except … the queen herself. Brown skillfully operates on the information received, bypassing even the shadow of Her Majesty.
For its readers, kp.ru has translated selected fragments of this book, which has not yet been published in Russian.
Prince Charles is too vulnerable and vulnerable, too emotional, complex and selfish. He desperately needs the approval of all his actions from his mother. Everything he does – art, charity and so on – all this does not require, according to the queen, a sense of duty. Therefore, she anathematizes all his activities.
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The Prince of Wales has special travel requirements. If the heir to the throne is going to go for a day or two to one of his friends, then the day before his arrival, a truck will drive up to their homes, from which they will unload his orthopedic bed, as well as a toilet seat, Kleenex Velvet toilet paper and even landscapes with image of the Scottish hills. The prince’s aide is responsible for ensuring that Charles’s favorite teddy bear travels with him in a special plastic bag.
Prince Andrew and the London traffic light problem
Johnson somehow agreed to dine with the now disgraced Prince Andrew, who suddenly began to convince the then mayor of London … of the need to reduce the number of traffic lights on the capital’s streets. This strange proposal was presented to Andrew the mayor as one of the measures to improve the traffic situation in the city. At the end of the meal, dazed by this and other ideas of Prince Johnson, he said: “I have never been a Republican, but if, damn it, I have to go through another such dinner, then I will become one.”
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Before meeting Meghan Markle, the British adored Harry for his antics. After all, he was as drunk as they were, and not some clumsy goody, like his brother William. Everyone, including the queen, always forgave the dissolute youngest son of Diana. When photos of naked Harry playing strip billiards in Las Vegas got into the press, the British went there in droves to rest.
“I wasn’t black enough”
At the time of meeting Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was a nobody. And she had big problems: she turned 29. It has been seven years since she graduated from the university. But instead of becoming the new Angelina Jolie, she was professionally stuck in nowhere.
Prince Harry with wife Meghan Markle.
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In the early years of her acting career, the future Duchess of Sussex complained that her ambiguous ethnicity was a problem for the film industry. “I was not black enough for black roles and not white enough for whites. she wrote in one of her resumes. “I was made into some kind of ethnic chameleon who can’t get a job.”
Megan’s first real success came when the United States began to demand a greater presence of mixed races in cinema, theater, and the media. And Markle got a role in Suits. No one could have imagined that she arrived at the audition in a rattling used Ford, into whose salon she had to climb through the trunk – she had no money to repair broken door locks.
Megan madly wanted prestige. Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman were UN Goodwill Ambassadors and with halos over their heads traveled the world talking about hunger and refugees. Megan wanted the same fame, she raved about becoming the same famous. And she penetrated the UN, where she spoke at the women’s summit. Standing behind the UN podium, dressed in a strict black dress, Markle began her speech with dazzling aplomb. But the effect was minimal. Yes, she then gave an enthusiastic interview to Larry King. But by then, King had lost his show on CNN. The interview aired on some cable channel… Meghan has often been this close to fame, but the fame hasn’t reached her—cable not premium, magazine page not cover, local celebrity not global celebrity. .. She is almost thirty, and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, has not called her with an invitation to walk along the red carpet of the annual Met Gala ball.