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The story of the real relationship between King Charles III and his mother, by the esteemed royal biographer, Ingrid Seward.

The relationship between the late Monarch and her son, the King, has long been a subject of fascination. The upbringing of an heir is especially important and places an extra burden on top of all the cares of motherhood. The demands placed on the monarch are unique and there was no one better placed to know this than the late Queen. She knew that not only must they be figureheads, but they must be seen to care for others less fortunate than themselves. They are also expected to uphold family values. Princess Elizabeth made it a point of maternal honour to try and build her routine around her young son while doing her duty. When she became Queen, it was a more delicate balance, but one which she eventually learnt to sustain.

Unlike his self-contained mother, who always put duty above personal happiness, King Charles needed love and support to function properly. This is the story of how Charles was shaped and moulded by his heritage. His mother was the woman he always loved but could never be close to. As Queen she held the Pandora’s box of the crown and all he could do was wait and learn. In his mother’s old age, he finally received the affection and respect from her he had craved for so long. This book documents his life through many personal anecdotes from his family and his friends, from the moment the guns saluted his birth to the day he was officially declared as the King at his Coronation.

About The Author

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Ingrid Seward is the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, and one of the most prominent and respected writers on the British royal family, with more than a dozen books on the subject to her credit, including The Queen's SpeechMy Husband and I and Prince Philip Revealed. For the last thirty years, she has regularly appeared on television and radio to offer her expert insights on the royal family.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 15, 2024)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398515192

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Raves and Reviews

‘A revelatory and perceptive account of the loving but often misunderstood bond between Queen Elizabeth II and her heir, the Prince of Wales, now King Charles III.’

– Andrew Morton, author of Diana: Her True Story

‘Ingrid Seward’s rich study of the King’s bond with the late Queen, is incisive, emotive and journalistically rigorous

– The Telegraph

‘A series of extraordinary moments . . . you may expect her book to be a hagiography. Happily, this isn’t the case. She is only too keen to lead the reader to the back stairs of the Palace and divulge all sorts of glorious royal gossip

– The Times

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