The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served. Perfect for fans of The Crown and Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner.
'Fans of The Crown will enjoy this poignant look behind the royal curtain' GEORGIE BLALOCK
A crown princess.
Her childhood nanny.
A shocking betrayal...
Marion Crawford is just twenty-two years old when she becomes governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose in 1931. As their beloved 'Crawfie', she is instantly confided in, trusted and immersed in the lives of the royal family.
As World War II finally comes to an end, it's clear that Princess Elizabeth has fallen in love. Now heiress presumptive to the British throne, no one believes that Prince Philip of Greece is a suitable husband for the future Queen of England. No one, that is, except for Crawfie.
For Crawfie, too, has fallen in love - and has convinced her fiance George that they must wait for Elizabeth and Philip to receive the King's blessing before she leaves the service of the Crown. Yet soon she finds herself torn between her loyalty to Princess Elizabeth and losing the man she loves.
But no one ever anticipated the betrayal that will sever her bond with the royal family forever...
Fans of The Crown will enjoy this poignant look behind the royal curtain, and will celebrate and mourn with Marian Crawford, tutor to the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, as she is forced to choose between sharing the lives of the girls she loves or creating a life and family of her own. It's an emotional story of the struggle between duty to a sovereign and duty to one's heart. - Georgie Blalock, Author of THE LAST DEBUTANTES
A tantalizing and poignant tale of the young royal princesses. Wise, loyal and fierce, Crawfie is a heroine for the ages. Arlen's storytelling should thrill anyone who loved The Crown. - Stephanie Barron, author of THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN