ICYMI, author Tina Brown dropped some preeeetty major bombshells in her new book, The Palace Papers. Tina has served as the editor of The New Yorker, Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The Daily Beast, plus she’s covered the British royal family for literal decades. (The Queen even awarded Tina the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to journalism, NBD.) So as you can imagine, there’s no shortage of the juiciest of juicy conspiracies, observations, and details about the ins and outs of the royals in her latest book…including the fact that she thinks Kate Middleton has kept the monarchy from collapsing. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Published on April 26, The Palace Papers heralds itself as a “tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals” of the royal family since the author’s last book, The Diana Chronicles, in 2007. And after consulting over 100 sources—including courtiers, former staff, and so! many! insiders! (I mean, Tina even reports that Prince Charles’s preferred toilet paper is Kleenex Velvet lavatory tissue)—she’s obviously the one of the only people we’re down to entertain this reflection from.
In an interview with The Post (via Page Six), Tina said, “[The monarchy] would, I think, crumble at the moment without [Kate] because she’s the only modern, beautiful woman who’s well-educated, substantial in herself, who’s actually wanting to commit herself to the rigors of this institution. Not many young women could do that.”
The author then goes on to draw a comparison to Meghan Markle, saying, “If for any reason, she thought like Meghan, ‘I’m out of here, I can do much better,’ it would be a disaster.” Why? Well, simply put, it doesn’t seem to the journalist that Meghan or Prince Harry want to live a conventional royal life. “[Harry] wanted out and [Meghan] enabled him to do what he wanted. She was strong enough to say, ‘You know what? You want out. I can make it happen,’” Tina mused.
Even so, The Palace Papers author admits that when it all went down, the Duchess of Sussex very wrongly got the bulk of the blame for the couple’s exit. She said because Harry always had “everything done for him all of his life,” he relied on his wife to turn his aspirations into a reality. “He had never carved a life for himself. Meghan was very much a self-starter, a self-made successful woman. She knew who to call at Netflix. He wasn’t worldly like Meghan was worldly.”
Anyways, back to Kate! Tina told The Post the Duchess of Cambridge required “a lot of care and strategy to end up married to William.” Just what kind of care and strategy, you ask? Well, like the guidance of her mother, Carole and Prince William, who famously waited a decade before proposing. “They were madly in love all the way through but…making it from the loving girlfriend to the future queen, that’s an obstacle course.” The author claimed Kate’s mom helped her avoid the proverbial “snakes on the board” while William held out on officially inducting the duchess into the Royal Firm until he felt she was fully ready and not “deluded” on what her responsibilities would be…which are kind of boring according to Tina.
“It’s a bit like the secular version of taking the veil. It’s a commitment. As Queen Mary memorably said, ‘We’re the royal family. We’re never tired and we love hospitals and that’s essentially it,’” the journalist concluded. Mundane or not, we can’t really see anyone else doing it better than Kate.
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