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Prince Charles: The writers’ moneymaker

Prince CHarlesHere’s a cool way to make money. Write a book that contains ‘revelations’ about that famous British soap opera, the royal family. Publicise some of its more extreme stories.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve simply made them up -newspapers do it all the time.

Pretend, if you like, that this is authorised by Prince Charles. Never mind that it’s not true. Claim to have had ‘unprecedented access’ to the royal family and the household staff. No-one will check.

And while you’re about it, write about what the queen is thinking. Why not? She never gives interviews or goes on TV chat shows. She won’t dispute what you say.

The same with the Duke of Edinburgh.Say that he is disappointed in his son, if you wish.

And don’t forget the juiciest story of all – the prince and his love life. Remember, Diana isn’t going to reach out from the grave to argue.

It doesn’t matter that you’re American or that this is only your third book. Invent what you wish. Tell the world that his favourite advisor was a disc-jockey who also happened to be a paedophile. The disc-jockey cannot deny anything from six feet under.

Say that he talks to dead people in a specially-created sacred, mystical area of his garden and that his home is filled with shrines.

Add that he almost jilted Diana. Say that the queen ‘fears’ what will happen to the monarchy when Charles becomes king. Why not?

CharlesTrue, many British people – the chef Marco Pierre White comes to mind – have successfully sued American journalists for presenting fiction as fact. But you’re on a pretty safe bet with the royal family. They just don’t do that sort of thing. Yet.

While you’re at it, be sure that the cover of the book features a photoshopped image of Prince Charles that looks as though it’s been run through  one of those ‘what you will look like in twenty years’ apps.

Remove all the colour apart from the cold,steely eyes.

As I said in a previous article, this is evidence enough to show that this book isn’t, in fact, authorised.

So, there you have it.




Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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  1. You know, the prince has done so much good for the world. I like to think of him as basically a good guy who fell victim to a requirement to marry the wrong woman for the sake of his royal duty.

    That duty resulted in tragedy all the way around, apparently, but look at those beautiful young men. Their father and mother shared a genuine love for those boys, it seems, and did what they could to give them a loving upbringing.

    I don’t read any of the books about the royal family, nor do I follow the tabloids. Of course, it’s impossible not to be exposed to some of their troubles and the sensational lies that accompany them.

    We will forever wonder what Diana might have contributed to the world as she aged, but I am grateful that the prince finally got to marry his sweetheart and hope they are very happy together. Grateful, too, for his long-standing commitment to preserving a viable biosphere for the human race and the animals and plants with whom we share the Earth.

    • Thank you Kathryn, I agree with every word you wrote. Diana and Charles were mismatched from the start but as you say,look at the two wonderful young men they produced. It does seem too that Prince Charles is a different person since his second marriage – he seems so much happier and far more relaxed.

      I’m sure that he cares very deeply about many issues in the world – and he has a worldwide view, not an insular British one. His passionate concern for the environment is one example. He says that he dreads the thought of his grandchildren saying to him one day (and I quote exactly) “why the hell didn’t you DO something?”

      So true for us all, I think.

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