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Battle of Brothers: You’ve heard from one side – now read the full, true story of the royal family in crisis: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult Kindle Edition
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You’ve heard from one side – now read the full, true story of the royal family in crisis--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
Praise for Robert Lacey’s previous works
'Robert Lacey is the King of royal biographers'
'A unique insight… Respected for the depth and extend of his research and contacts, Robert Lacey knows arguably more about the Queen than any other commentator writing today'
'Robert Lacey makes you feel like you're right there, in the palace, in the castle’
‘Lacey has arranged his material beautifully; not one of these 400 pages is tiresome or dull’
‘[Lacey] has an eye for the telling image … Smart, thorough and well crafted, it is absolutely of its time’
‘Has bestseller written all over it’
'Beautifully written and thought-provoking … Robert Lacey has written a highly accomplished book which should go into the bags of anyone who has to travel to the kingdom'
'Incisive … The real triumph of this book … is the way it peels away the layers of mystery that shroud a civil society of which we have almost no knowledge'
- File size : 59501 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Publisher : William Collins (15 October 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008408513
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08BFFGKBD
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,689 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like others, I ran into inaccuracies and re-hashes of what's already known, with what might have been the saving grace of bringing a different perspective to what is known: how the problems for these brothers of their parents' marriage cast a long shadow over the future. But there's another perspective Mr Lacey failed to note: 'No speaks' and rifts abound in the families of both Harry and Meghan. Diana was not speaking to her brother or mother when she died, and fell out with her sister Jane over her collaboration with Andrew Morton. Charles is known not to get on particularly well with his brothers. And if we're to speak of dysfunctional families, the Markles provide plenty of material too and plenty of current rifts.
I also found it stunning that the author had forty-nine fits over the secrecy--in my view, the privacy--of Archie's birth and christening. Does he seriously imagine that in the event of the death of both his parents, Archie's guidance would not immediately be taken over by the Royal Family? I can't think of one instance where the godparents of any Royal child has played any significant part in their upbringing. Look over all the past formal photos of Royal christenings: do any of them, including those of William and Harry, show and name the array of godparents? No--it's a family occasion above all. And Mr Lacey is apparently unaware that the current trend for modern parents is to take some quiet bonding time with their new baby before allowing visitors to flock in. Even William and Catherine, while going for the very new 'tradition' of showing off the newest baby outside the hospital have quickly whisked themselves and baby off to complete privacy. 'Warming pan plots' are completely out of place here.
The claim that the rift between the brothers is as serious as the Abdication is nonsense. That was one instance in which the rift between 'the spare' and the ex-King was never healed, but it had more to do with money and the Duke of Windsor's dubious loyalties in war, and the reported rudeness of the pair towards and about family members at home. Would there really have been the same fuss about Princess Margaret dropping her title to go off and live in France with the divorced Peter Townsend who had at least accrued some honour in war?
I do agree with the author that the Royals have never known what to do with or about their 'spares,' though King George VI, as Duke of York, was certainly thankful to live out of the spotlight and appalled to be forced into it. Others have not been 'allowed' to compete with the pushed popularity of the heir of the moment when so much use could be made of their other talents.
My personal opinion of Harry's withdrawal from Royal status is that he made the only sane decision to save himself from the family and the knee-jerking adulation towards it, along with intrusions of privacy. However, I leave that one to Royalists and republicans to fight out.
Those Brothers, that Family, that Style that MEE MEE MEE GUM what a trailer park trash taken over the family jewels and in more ways then whats in the lunch munch basket. MEE MEE GUN takes it all?.
Balls and all, NOT a word about her conversion to Judaism with her first hubby???.
Well the poor ex hubby received a letter from the wife "Honey its over i aint coming back" and "Here is your ring bock".
Takes two to tango, Poor Henry balls and all right up the spouts will come a cropper when she finds and its NOT that hard to find a man when you have had that amount or MOUNT of experience is it???.
A money and a fool are soon parted with that set up that was well planned and it will be an interesting few years before the POOH hits the royal blades and flings back to the FROGMORE Cottage Pie, as thats all that will be left to devour.........bread and water.
I wonder if they have a CASH CONVERTERS IN THE UK???
Or Gumtree to sell the family jewels well there are "Plenty of Fish" instead.BYO mayo............
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This author has not provided the “full story” as he does not know the full story, and if he did he would not be reporting it as he appears terrified he might lose some of the contacts he has within royal circles.
After rather a lot of dancing around, he finishes his book with seemingly the suggestion that William should build bridges with Harry!
It is without doubt the most ridiculous suggestion as it is Harry who has been led by Meghan to create the unrest, discontent over their situation with her weird idea she is a lawyer. Her stated “Never underestimate the power of a good slap” seems to chime with her mother’s statement that “You never give away the milk free”!
It seems strange coming from someone who supposedly was a social worker at one time!
And it does not bode well for Harry’s son that anyone could consider “slapping” anyone results in a positive aspect.
I did not read “Finding Freedom” as I considered it self indulgent, Poor Me material.
The manner in which Meghan behaved in South Africa with her Poor Me scenario, whingeing about living in a palace, whilst all around her were living in poverty, summed her up very well.
This book Battle of Brothers appears to be a fence sitting, repetitive offering of all that has been reported previously.
And a bit of a waste of money and time.
I won’t be buying anymore royal rubbish, the last book I sent back “Finding Freedom” .
In the first place I thought that it was ‘Mis-titled’ as there was no ‘Battle’ per se, just a young man who lacked appropriate parenting and because of his position in life a suitable mentor. He thus ended up in a somewhat dysfunctional state.
In addition to the above I came away with the feeling that the book was more a collection of newspaper cuttings with only a very few uniquely discovered facts.
Overall, a disappointing read.