>> Friday, February 24, 2012
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen
When I went to the store to buy this book, the display it was on had a sign that said: 'The truth is always a good read'.
I'm sure it is. Whether you find much of it in this book is debatable.
I was skeptical from the start. Claims that Diana, suffering from severe post-partum depression, had an affair with James Hewitt three months after Prince William's birth seem rather far-fetched. According to this book, after William's christening, Diana 'washed down a handful of pills and half a bottle of Scotch' and had to be rushed to the hospital to have her stomach pumped. The most famous woman in the world having an event like that 'magically kept out of the press?' Are you kidding me?
Some of the revelations, such as Kate travelling to New York to meet with Mario Testino have turned out to be untrue. Turns out that until she went to Los Angeles with Prince William, Kate had never travelled to North America. I'm no royal insider but when the bibliography features a comprehensive list of other royal tell-alls, it makes you wonder about the accuracy of the rest of his sources.
Any non-fiction book that requires you to suspend your belief in reality is in the wrong category.
© Marilyn Braun 2012
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