The Firm

The Firm

The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor

Book - 2005
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It would be hard to invent a group of personalities more extraordinary than the British Royal Family -- known as 'The Firm' by Prince Philip. This book will look in depth at how the family really operates and will reveal how they behave behind closed doors. With showbiz stars and sporting celebrities now attracting the adulation once afforded to royalty, The Firm questions what monarchy is for. Is it a hangover from the past, an expensive anachronism, a relic of a bygone age of deference and hierarchy, or is it an important and relevant part of Britain in the 21st century - something that gives stability and continuity to the country, and richness and glamour to our national life in ways that a republic never could ? If so, do the media mock, hound and criticize the Royal Family at their peril? Could Prince William decide that the long lenses and the scrutiny of his private life is too high a price to pay? They live in the lap of luxury with valets and butlers, cooks and courtiers, but for all the palaces and privilege it is not an enviable life. cradle to coffin, they have no privacy, no freedom, no voice and so long as Britain continues to want a monarchy, no choice. The Firm investigates the Family's relationship with government, the press and the people. It looks at whether the institution can reach out to those, particularly the young, who see the House of Windsor as no more interesting or significant than the players in a soap opera. It asks, in short, whether the British monarchy has a future.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2005.
ISBN: 9780007102150
0007102151
Characteristics: xxi, 442 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,25 cm.

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JeanneQ
Oct 11, 2017

Annoying claptrap in my opinion. I found this book biased against Diana, Princess of Wales. The author calls her a 'loose cannon' and suggests the reader feel sorry for Camilla Parker-Bowles because she had photographers camped outside her house when her long term affair with Charles was revealed. Boohoo. I for one do not want Charles's image on our currency. I like the young people and think if the House of Windsor does survive it will be because Diana taught her sons well.

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