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William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls [Kindle Edition]

Katie Nicholl
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Book Description

William and Harry is a fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of not only the British public, but those the world over. This is the definitive book about the princes, bringing their story right up to date. It is the tale of two brothers who have carried the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, into the twenty-first century and on whom the future of the House of Windsor largely depends.

Drawing on her unique set of contacts Katie Nicholl recounts the royal brothers' extraordinary lives and reveals William and Harry's real characters as they become front-line soldiers and modern princes. Through her network of sources, some of which have agreed to speak for the very first time, Katie tells the story of one of Prince William's earliest romances, and his struggle with his destiny as a future King of England.
As a royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton seems more probable, Katie has spoken to a wealth of contacts close to the couple who reveal how their love affair really started at St Andrews, the hurdles the pair overcame and the challenges they still face. She recounts the story of Harry's time at Eton, his relationship with Chelsy Davy, and his three months he spent on the front line in Afghanistan. She analyses William and Harry's complex relationship with their father, and the woman who will one day become Queen Camilla. She talks to their friends, contemporaries and confidants to paint a unique and revealing portrait of the two most famous brothers in the world.

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"Classically trained actress/Audie Award winner Justine Eyre's narration is excellent, incorporating the spirit of all of Nicholl's breathless confidences. Great adult listening; an essential acquisition." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

About the Author

Katie Nicholl has been writing about the British Royal Family for nearly a decade. She is the royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, where she also edits her incredibly popular eponymous weekly column.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over three hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2081 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1602861404
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books (November 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486U3CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William and Harry November 16, 2010
By Anon
This biography is exceptionally well-written, depicting the growth of the two young princes in a compassionate, well-informed way. The book deals with all of the major events in the princes' lives, from the tragedy in their early life to their romances (past and present). Nicholl reveals all of the princes' complex relationships, muses on their decisions and options for the future, and exposes never before heard information on the young, middle class woman who may one day be Queen. Often humorous, and often heart-rending, this book was completely unputdownable.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money February 17, 2011
This book has not been researched, it's simply strung together bits from the tabloid press with other bits apparently created for the book. Often humorous factual errors. One such ss the infamous "cherry brandy" episode for young Prince Charles--in this re-telling it claims he was drunk!! Good grief, the incident received blanket coverage in the news of that day and has been touched on in every book ever written about him. He was NOT drunk--that was half the reason it was so stupid. He'd merely ordered. Get your facts straight, lady. Too many other stupid things to mention. People Magazine even offers better coverage. This mess would be serialized in something like a very poor supermarket tabloid--right next to an Elvis spotting article.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new November 11, 2010
I read everything I can get my hands on that has to do with Britain's royal family. This book was interesting but shed no light on what had already been published in previous books and "Hello" and "People" magazines. The author's use of first person accounts was disconcerting because few, if anyone, would have access to the day-to-day stories she related. Case in point: the book starts with an account of William and Harry running around Balmoral over one Christmas break. Unless it was something very unusual, the royals always spend Christmas at Sandringham House. If this indeed did occur at Balmoral, then some mention should have been made of why. Other things, such as conversations between members of the family (William and his grandparents) is largely speculative. Do I recommend the book? Maybe. Even the photographs have been published elsewhere, so there's little new to recommend it. Nothing seriously wrong with the book...nothing unique about it either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of information but says little July 18, 2011
This was a disappointing book in a way because it doesn't say much that the public doesn't already know. Much is left unsaid. The author is a journalist who writes articles about the royal family and apparently didn't want to go too far.
Throughout this book one gets a feel of two young men who don't feel comfortable with the roles that birth thrust upon them. On one hand they accept who they are, but then their mother rejected the royal family and in a way they reject who they are, possibly in loyalty to her, but these issues are never really dealt with in any significant way in the book. They act out all over the place in some parts, getting drunk, and living lives of excess in general.
Harry is more of an enigma than older brother William, especially when on one hand he is devoted to charity work, yet on the other intent on serving on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan, allegedly so he can be treated the same as the other men in the service. He seems to have a powerful need to put himself in great danger, and that issue was never dealt with.
The issue of whether he is really the son of Charles or of someone Diana had an affair with is just basically passed over and pooh-poohed, although I think there may be a connection between that and his acting out.
The incident where Harry goes to a party dressed like a Nazi is hilarious, yet it wasn't meant to be. One must wonder how a prince of England, having gone to the best of schools, would not know what a swatiska was.
The only person in this book that felt like more than a cardboard character to me was Kate Middleton, and there was far too little about her.
All in all a good book if you want facts, but not much if you really want to understand the two princes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Elsita
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The emphasis she places in both princes acceptance of Camilla Parker Bowls is a strong indication of her bias and it is very hard to believe. If her version is true then both sons, who have been reared by the royal family, have been swallowed up by the unfair and untruthful account of the role Camilla played in Diana and Charles separation and final divorce. I think Nicholl knows better than that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Next Generation of Royals June 13, 2014
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I read this in hopes that the next generation of royals would be less spoiled, demanding and boorish as the current generation of the royal family. William comes out better in this book, but I don't understand Kate waiting six years for him to make up his mind. Harry is portrayed as out of control with no common sense. Hopefully, Kate Middleton Windsor will be the saving grace for this family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, but get the now outdated paperback instead November 26, 2012
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I got this book back when it came out, wasn't too displeased with it,- sort of an if you've read one you've read 'em all royal book. For informational purposes (bringing the story up to William & Kate's engagement) get the paperback version of the same book, re titled "The making of a Royal Romance"- for up to date information I have no idea what to get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars More than anyone would ever want to know about where ...
More than anyone would ever want to know about where William and Harry drank, what they drank, who they partied with etc, etc,. Very little of interest or substance.
Published 2 months ago by Eliza Wold
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 5 months ago by Jose O. Velasquez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
Keeping in mind that no one book could fill the pages of the escapades and life accounts of these fascinating princes, William and Harry presents a basic introduction into their... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars Royal family
for years I have been fascinated by the royal family. this book was a very interesting read and the first, one I have read about the prince's. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mrsc
4.0 out of 5 stars amazed
I liked the book, is it actually accurate? Amazed at how much the boys and their friends drink! Wowie. I cannot even fathom a life similar to theirs.
Published 16 months ago by Janice Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars William & Harry, Behind the Palace Walls
This was a gift for my daughter, she was very very pleased with the book. Very was in very nice shape.
Published 16 months ago by gmberry
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!
Published 16 months ago by DENISE STEVENS
5.0 out of 5 stars Best insight into Dianna and the boys.
I have been interested in the Royal Family for a long time. I have read books written by other people in their lives. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chickadee655
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read if you are a fan of the royals. Quite insightful and not boring. If all is true that a good source of info on two great young men.
Published 21 months ago by J. Dercole
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Disappointing
If you are totally unfamiliar with two young Brits named Prince William and Prince Harry, then- and only then- will this book appeal. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Terri J. Rice
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