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Summary

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From the queen's stoic resolve to the crisis of Meghan and Harry. From the ascendance of Camilla and Kate to the downfall of Andrew.

Full of remarkable inside access, The Palace Papers by Sunday Times best-selling author Tina Brown will change how you understand the Royal Family. 

'Never again', became Queen Elizabeth II's mantra shortly after Diana's death. More specifically, there could never be 'another Diana'—a member of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone and posed an existential threat to the British monarchy. Picking up where The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the traumatic years when Diana's blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet.

Tina Brown takes listeners on a tour de force journey that shows the queen's stoic resolve as she coped with the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and her partner for seven decades, Prince Philip, and triumphed in her Jubilee years even as the family dramas raged around her. She explores Prince Charles's determination to make Camilla his queen, the tension between William and Harry who are on 'different paths', the ascendance of Kate Middleton, the disturbing allegations surrounding Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein and Harry and Meghan's stunning decision to 'step back' as senior royals. Despite the fragile monarchy's best efforts, 'never again' seems fast approaching.

©2022 Tina Brown (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"A brilliant book. Tina Brown has inside knowledge and writes so well." (Lady Anne Glenconner, author of Lady in Waiting)

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Nothing new or noteworthy

No new information or scoops. Don’t bother with this book. All of the topics covered are common knowledge already.

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Nothing new here

The endless rehashing of information that is already out in the public domain. in other books, in newspaper articles. We know it all and we learn nothing. The newspaper reviews are hyped as the author obviously has friends and contacts in publishing but none in royal circles or even those of their servants.

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palace paper's

Very informative , and it was a nice touch that Tina Brown narrated her own book, thoroughly enjoyed it .

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Nothing new.....

It's all been in the papers, TV,......etc.
Don't bother to download this pish.
Please don't..
Tina brown..... You've lost brownie points, tons.

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A Waste of Time

Very disappointing. This is a rehash of what we already knew. A waste of money.

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Palace papers a worthy ead

a thoroughly enjoyable read by Ms Brown who had certainly done
her search of the Windsor Mountbatten family have they came my life to you and every page I would definitely recommend it

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Waste of a credit!

Pretty rubbish really, told me nothing new, feel like it was a waste of a credit,

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Interesting

Nothing new. We have read it all in the press over the years. I thought the author very sarcastic about the members of the royal family, showing little respect. She read it it as if she could not wait to get it over.

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Interesting but read badly

Yet again I’m astonished that someone intelligent enough to write a book isn’t capable of correct pronunciation. It was dreadful and jarring in that respect.

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Guilty gossip pleasure

Tina Brown is snarky and snobbish. Appreciate the research. If you like the crown this will complement nicely. Nothing revelatory but entertaining

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The Palace Papers .... the Royal firm.

A very interesting and insightful book about the Queen and members of her family .