Courtiers: Intrigue, Ambition, and the Power Players Behind the House of Windsor (Hardcover)

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The gripping account of how the Royal family really operates, from the journalist who has spent years studying them. Who really runs the show and, as Charles III begins his reign, what will happen next?

Throughout history, the British monarchy has relied on its courtiers - the trusted advisers in the King or Queen's inner circle - to ensure its survival as a family and a pillar of the country. Today, as ever, a carefully selected team of people hidden from view steers the royal family's path between public duty and private life. Queen Elizabeth II, after a remarkable 70 years of service, saw the final seasons of her reign without her husband Philip to guide her. Now, a newly ascended Charles seeks to define what his future as King, and that of his court, will be.

The question of who is entrusted to guide the royals has never been more vital. Yet, as the tensions within the family are exposed to global scrutiny like never before, the task these courtiers face has never been more challenging. With a dark cloud hanging over Prince Andrew as well as Harry and Meghan's controversial departure from royal life, William and Kate - equipped with a very 21st century approach to press and public relations - now hold the responsibility of making an ancient institution relevant for the decades to come. In fascinating and explosive detail, Valentine Low explores the previously unknown relationship between modern courtiers and the royal family.

Courtiers pulls back the veil to reveal an ever-changing system of complex characters, shifting alliances, and a battle of ideas over what the future of the institution should be. This is the inside story of how the monarchy really works, at a pivotal moment in its history.

About the Author

Valentine Low is a former journalist at The Times who has been writing about the royal family for over a quarter of a century. He is known for his insight and his scrupulously fair coverage, and makes regular appearances on international television as a royal commentator. His exposure of the bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex attracted global attention. Valentine previously worked at the London Evening Standard for over twenty years, reporting from all around the world. He lives in West London.

Praise For…

“[Low] explains exactly what a good courtier does: advise royalty and, when necessary, save them from themselves... Some are masters of intrigue. Others disdain it. All have a high tolerance for foibles of all stripes, be it the loose-cannon antics of Edward VIII or Princess Diana’s crying jags.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Red meat for royal watchers.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A clear-headed, deeply sourced presentation of the goings on at Kensington Palace… dives deep on the discord that led to Meghan and Harry’s much-discussed royal exit… You can’t go wrong with Low’s look.” —Erin Vanderhoof, Vanity Fair

"Courtiers is a suave history of the monarchy over the past century, seen through the prism of those who serve it...highly readable...fascinating...Low's book has glimpses of the future....Courtiers give us a remarkable insight into the unseen operation of the monarchy." ―The Spectator

"The royal correspondent of The Times delves into the world of the courtier, the advisers who for good or ill guide the House of Windsor through today's choppy waters." ―The Times (UK)

"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

"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." ―Thomas Blaikie, Literary Review

"Courtiers is an excellent royal romp based on fact." ―Sphere

"Gripping." ―The Tatler

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250282569
ISBN-10: 125028256X
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 24th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English