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on May 15, 2012
This book is full of facts and juicy details about the lives of Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry--the so-called "heir and the spare"--their school years, military careers and love lives. I believe the two brothers are serious about carrying on the work of their late mother, Princess Diana, but they also indulged in a lot of partying and heavy drinking while growing up. I've read a lot about Britain's royal family, so I didn't learn anything particularly new from this book. But the author does do a good job of showcasing the extremely close bond that the two brothers share, and the fact that they've turned out to be seemingly happy and well adjusted.
However, I can't get over the fact that the book's title is totally misleading. I read this to learn more about William and Kate's romance, and I was extremely disappointed. Kate Middleton is a very minor character in this story. In fact, there's more emphasis on Princess Diana than on Kate! It seems obvious to me that the publisher asked the author to write a new chapter or two on William and Kate, and changed the original title just to capitalize on the royal wedding. If you're interested in learning about Kate Middleton or her romance with William, you won't find a lot of information here. By the end of the book, Kate remains very much of an enigma. So be warned: New title or not, the focus is strictly on William and Harry, not "the making of a royal romance."