This week the library received a new book that might appeal to all those who have been following the news of the British Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate) are expecting their third child any day now, and Prince Harry will be marrying American actress Meghan Markle next month.
Some of us older folks remember getting up at the crack of dawn over 35 years ago when the Princes’ father, Prince Charles married the lovely “Lady Di” who became the beloved Princess of Wales. We watched as the marriage disintegrated and were ultimately horrified when the Princess died tragically. In all of this, one person was largely considered to be the villain – Prince Charles’ longtime mistress Camilla Parker Bowles. Now a new book tells her story.
The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair the Rocked the Crown is written by Penny Junor, a journalist and broadcaster who has covered the Royal Family for three decades and written several bestselling biographies of its members. In this book she tells about the woman who was once hated by the general public and blamed for some of the darkest moments in the history of the modern monarchy. But this seems to be changing. When Camilla and Charles married in 2005, great care was taken to reassure the British people that Camilla would never be the Queen. But now the majority of Brits would not be upset if that were to happen. Once considered to be an evil home wrecker, she is now seen as a woman who wanted nothing more than to be with and support the man who has always been the love of her life.
Whatever your opinion of the Royal couple, check out this book to learn more about this complex and fascinating woman. It can be found in the non-fiction section in Dewey number 941. This section is also home to the other biographies of the members of the Royal Family, so you might want to check them out too.