A Royal Wedding
The Internet exploded last week: Prince Harry is engaged to an American! Britain will have a biracial princess! (okay, most likely, a duchess). As the world fixates over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement—#marklesparkle is now a Twitter trend—I’ll admit that I’m completely taken over by the fervor (it’s a bright spot in very dark times) and I was probably one of the first in line to pick up last Friday’s issue of People.
While we gleefully anticipate next May’s nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, here are some books and shows to tide over royal fanatics:
The Royal We is about an American commoner, Rebecca “Bex” Porter, who falls in love with an English prince while at Oxford and realizes that a lot of baggage comes with dating the future heir to the throne, Nicholas of Wales. The characters do bear a resemblance to Kate Middleton and Prince William (Prince Nicholas even has a wild younger brother), but the story is richly developed and is really about people from two very different backgrounds who want to make the relationship work, no matter what. Authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (of Go Fug Yourself fame) also showcase the unpleasant side of life in the royal spotlight, particularly the scrutiny of the media. A smart, fun read.
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Engagement will be available in late December so make sure to put this royal souvenir on your wish list this holiday season! The book includes lavish illustrations and previously unseen images.
Queen Elizabeth II: A Royal Life in Pictures offers more than 250 stunning portraits of the Queen’s reign since 1953. This is a sumptuous read that will satisfy the royally obsessed.
Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress is reminiscent of Downton Abbey and set at the turn of the 20th century. The story follows wealthy American socialite Cora Cash as she travels to Europe with her mother to snag a royal title. After she becomes the Duchess of Wareham, she realizes life among the English aristocracy is fraught with difficulties. A tantalizing historical romance.
What should you binge-watch next? If it’s not already on your list, I’d recommend Netflix’s The Crown. I just started watching this show so I’m only halfway through the first season, but I’m already excited for season 2, which drops this Friday.
I’m also a fan of PBS’ Victoria, which follows the romance and reign of one of England’s greatest monarchs. Jenna Coleman is fantastic in the role. I can’t wait for January!