Tina Brown will publish ‘The Palace Papers’ next April, it should be very dishy

by Susan Ryant


One of my favorite royal books of all time is Tina Brown’s The Diana Chronicles. Brown wrote the book ten years after Diana’s 1997 death, and this was after Brown covered Diana for Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The Diana Chronicles manages to be very sympathetic towards Diana, yet resists the urge to canonize her or pour sugar on Diana’s problematic behavior. It’s a great read, very dishy. So I’m looking forward to this: Brown has written a follow-up book called The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – The Truth and Turmoil. The Windsors should be very worried.

Buckingham Palace is braced for the release of another book promising ‘powerful revelations’ about the Royal Family in the Queen’s jubilee year. Magazine editor Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil will be published in April – just months before Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir.

The sequel to Miss Brown’s bestseller The Diana Chronicles, which was released in 2007, is ‘full of nuanced details and searing insight’, according to Penguin. The publisher said it would tell ‘the real story’ of the Royal Family over the 25 years since the death of Princess Diana. The title will ‘irrevocably change the way readers perceive and understand the Royal Family’, it added.

The book is said to track the Queen’s ‘loosening grip’ on the monarchy and is based on the former Vanity Fair editor’s ‘years of research and intimate access’. It will cover allegations surrounding Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit as senior royals.

[From The Daily Mail]

What was great about The Diana Chronicles is that it was very readable but you could still feel like it was well-sourced. Brown still has a lot of connections from her Vanity Fair and Tatler days, and as we’ve seen in recent years, a lot of those courtiers and aristocrats have been dying to talk to someone. I wonder just how far she’ll go – will she go into Rose Hanbury and the rumors about the state of the Cambridges’ marriage? Will she go into the real reasons why Harry and Meghan left? If anyone can alter the current (dumbf–k) royal gossip narratives, it’s Tina Brown. I’m looking forward to this.

Britain's Prince Harry, his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Westminster Abbey for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force

From left, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Katherine Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, Tuesday 10th J

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