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Courtiers: The Sunday Times bestselling inside story of the power behind the crown

Valentine Low

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Biography: royalty, History

An authoritative account of who really holds the power in the Palace from the Royal correspondent who broke the story about the Duchess of Sussex being accused of bullying her staff while at Kensington Palace.


'Fascinating' The Times
'Tantalising' Telegraph

The gripping account of how the royal family really operates. Valentine Low, royal correspondent for The Times, asks the important questions: who really runs the show and, with Charles now crowned as King, what will happen next?

Today, as ever, a vast team of people hidden from view steers the royal family's path between public duty and private life. The question of who is entrusted to guide the royals has never been more vital, and yet the task those courtiers face has never been more challenging.

With the departure of both Harry and Meghan and the disgraced Prince Andrew from royal life, the complex relationship between modern courtiers and royal principals has been exposed to global scrutiny. William and Kate - equipped with a very twenty-first-century approach to press and public relations - now hold the responsibility of making an ancient institution relevant for the decades to come.

Courtiers reveals an ever-changing web of complex characters, shifting values and ideas over what the future of the institution should be. This is the story of how the monarchy really works, at a pivotal moment in its history.

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Praise for Courtiers: The Sunday Times bestselling inside story of the power behind the crown

  • This book is riveting. Extraordinarily well written, it canters along, packed with impeccable inside information. Low . . . is one of the exceptional minds writing about the British monarchy today - Literary Review

  • Fascinating - The Times

  • Low's enjoyable account... chronicles, and explains, the role of those courtiers whose role comes closest to public accountability... [and] there are tantalising unattributed snippets from private interviews... Low's conclusion is a valuable one - The Telegraph

  • Courtiers is an excellent royal romp based on fact. - Sphere

  • Courtiers is a suave history of the monarchy over the past century, seen through the prism of those who serve it . . . a remarkable insight . . . and an important addition - The Spectator

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