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My mother is a real book worm, so I got her to read the book to make sure it was worthy enough to give as a gift, This book worm spoke with great respect for the soucing of excellent collective information written, and in general, I cannot put this book to one side.
For two people who pride themselves on their “investigative journalism” they’ve done no investigating at all. I am halfway through the book and they have just opined that, in contrast to Kate prior to her marriage to William, Markle had “charity coming out of her ears”. Who on earth told them that? Meghan Markle did no charity work whatsoever until, aged 33, she engaged the services of a PR company who organised a few charity events for her to help raise her non-existent public profile. If you add up the small amount of “charity work” she actually did it amounts to less than two weeks worth. Ever boastful & painfully narcissistic, she chose to characterise these very few achievements as “lifelong activism” but there’s no sensible reason why these sychophantic clowns should give it credence. One speech to the UN (about herself) one speech to One Young World (about herself), one short trip to Rwanda followed by a glowing self-penned article (about herself) and three days in India learning about an initiative she had previously claimed in the media she’d set up by herself, but hadn’t. That’s it. That is all this self-promoting woman has ever done...and this is “charity coming out of her ears” & “lifelong activism” on behalf of women? Get real.
And they are flat out wrong when they claim that the Queen “offered” Archie a title and an HRH, but was turned down. Archie automatically has a title as the son of a Royal Duke (he is the Earl of Dumbarton - he’s just not styled that way) and he is not entitled to an HRH until Charles is on the throne, at which point he’ll automatically be a prince & an HRH. The Queen would have had to change the law to give him one at birth, and why should she? Perhaps this book is a good example of why Americans shouldn’t write books about the British royal family.
And I have to assume these two men are American? If they are British then shame on them for painting Markle’s desperation to weigh in on political matters & being prevented by the royals as somehow unfair.. The British Royal Family are NON-POLITICAL BY LAW. Don’t they understand that? Meghan Markle wanted the platform her marriage gave her but had not the slightest intention of playing by any of the rules everyone else has to. Her wings were not clipped by anyone...she gladly yanked them off by herself in return for worldwide fame, a fabulous wardrobe, a £35m wedding and a free house. So she wanted to weigh in on issues she probably knows nothing about? Tough. She should have made a play for Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk instead.
And yet again the absurd & insutling charge that the British media are racists. 99% of that woman’s coverage in all the tabloids, broadsheets & magazines was glowingly positive. Her mother (a black woman) has taken on a saintly, wise woman persona thanks purely to her coverage in the “racist” British press. No, Markle’s rudeness, overwhelming sense of entitlement, showboating & hypocrisy is what has bought her negative press articles. She and that non-entity she married are the architects of their own downfall - and for these idiot writers not to see that is ridiculous.
Don’t bother with this book unless you want to be dripped in Markle sugar. It’s a hagiography, not a genuine expose.
I've only read 5% of the book and already it claims that Harry was 3rd in line to the throne, and then that Christmas is spent at Buckingham Palace whereas the family go to Sandringham. Utter tosh.
I'm now at 70% and it hasn't got any better. I thought I was buying a well researched book about H&M (not the clothing store!). Where the Middletons came from wasn't in the title nor was William and Kate meeting/splitting up/getting back together/moving to Anglesey blah blah blah - and it's still full of errors. Harry's course at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst was postponed due to injury then we read that he was going to Sandringham. The author,s and their subjects if they had anything to do with it, should be embarrassed. Terrible.
This book has obviously been written to make a quick buck. Superficial, zero research oe depth. For example, they glibly state Meghan suffered race discrimination at school. If they had done research at all they would have discovered 66% of the school was 'ethnic minority' so the idea she was 'the only black face' is laughable.
They quote the 'bleeding obvious' as in Victoria Arbiter saying the pair missed a trick in not posing for baby photos early and would have endeared them more to the public. They didn't bother to delve into the question, in that case WHY did they snub the public.
What really annoyed and bored me was that there then followed a potted bio of the entire royal family all the way through to the death of Diana and how Carole met Michael Middleton. YAWN. Nothing you haven't read a million times before.
At £14 for the Kindle download, this is just someone out to make a quick buck out of 'cut and paste'. No research, no insight, no depth, nothing new.
In the way that a certain American Duchess writes, this book is word salad, absolute rubbish. It's all been copied from another book. The way the paragraphs are thrown together, with two or three facts all thrown in the same paragraph is tripe..and amateurish. Quite frankly I have never read a biography that is in no way even written objectively or subjectively. It's just a copy of other people's books and news reports. They have tried to make themselves sound witty but fail miserably. Wish I hadn't wasted my money.
Nothing new but may be enjoyable if you like the history of the British Monarchy. I was hoping for a lot more about the motives behind the split and what the fall out will be for the future of the Monarchy with two members doing what they want and using their Royal status to make big bucks. Seems an oxymoron supporting charities and making money for themselves.
Nothing new in this poorly investigated book....to call Meghan the Duchess of Cambridge and Harry the Duke of Cambridge after their wedding is blatantly incorrect as everyone knows they are in fact the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!! Don't bother with this book, not worth it!!