With exclusive interviews and extensive research, King Charles delivers definitive insight into the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, as he nears the throne at a watershed moment in modern history and in the British monarchy.
New York Times bestselling author Robert Jobson debunks the myths about the man who will be king, going beyond banal, bogus media caricatures of Charles to tell his true story. Jobson—who has spent nearly thirty years chronicling the House of Windsor, and has met Prince Charles on countless occasions—received unprecedented cooperation from Clarence House, the Prince’s office, in writing this illuminating biography.
King Charles divulges the full range of the Prince’s profoundly held political beliefs: the United Kingdom’s special relationship to the United States, climate change, Brexit, and immigration—to ultimately portray the kind of monarch Charles III will be. Jobson taps a number of sources close to the Prince who have never spoken on the record before, plus members of the Royal Household who have served the Prince during his decades of public life.
This comprehensive profile also reveals the plans for Charles to serve as Prince Regent once the Queen turns ninety-five; how at her insistence he already reads all government briefings; and why he feels it is his constitutional duty to relay his thoughts to ministers in his controversial “black spider memos.” Moreover, King Charles reveals the truth about the Prince's deeply loving but occasionally volatile relationship with his second wife and chief supporter, Camilla.
The result is an intriguing new portrait of a man at last on the cusp of kingship.
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About the Author
Robert Jobson has been dubbed “the Godfather of royal reporting” by the Wall Street Journal. He is the Royal Editor of the London Evening Standard, appears on Australia’s Channel 7 shows Sunrise and The Morning Show, and is royal commentator for ABC network’s Good Morning America. In the UK, he is a regular on BBC, ITV, and Sky News. A bestselling author and award-winning correspondent, Robert has been at the forefront of royal reporting for well over twenty-five years.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a author who knows his subject and the history within. I found this quite comprehensive and meticulous in it's scope. I enjoyed learning about the intricate balance of the division of power as Charles quietly takes on more duties before the Queen passes away. The history of the man and his values, beliefs and political aspirations are well researched. All in All I highly recommend this book for all who are interested in the man who will be King of one of the most respected political families in the history. It is more apparent after reading this book that Charles has long been prepared for this crucial role as King. I enjoyed the scope of this book in all aspects of Charles life. Very well done. Thank you for the ARC . My opinion is my own.
This book is the author’s view of Charles at 70, his charities, his environmental concerns, his love of his family and his country. He feels very confident that he could take over for his mother, Queen Elizabeth, and has been assuming more and more of her duties over recent years. There are detailed instructions on what will happen if, and when, the Queen passes away. It also discusses the possibility of her retiring and passing the monarchy on to Charles. Charles shows himself as well-read and self-educated. He has studied all religions and enjoys discussing them. He supports the UK’s open door policy to have a diverse population. He is a supporter of climate change and organic gardening. Charles’s open arrogance and disdain shown to U.S. politicians is sad and something he needs to rein in. The UK enjoys huge amounts of money from tourists and many of them are from the US. Here is where he needs to take a leaf from his mother’s book and keep his political opinions to himself. My take on Charles is as it has always been. I feel sorry for him for the cold way in which he was brought up and admire his ability to show an interest in many things. However, I cannot help but feel that having his fingers in too many pies could spell disaster too. He needs to concentrate on keeping things on an even keel. There are many comments made by the author that are definitely anti-Diana and pro-Charles. It’s always amusing to me to read a royal family’s biographer bias for either Charles or Diana. It would be so refreshing for an author to simply state the facts and let the reader decide how they feel about someone. Tut-Tut! The author obviously researched the information he put in this book, even though much of it is well-filtered to put Charles in as a good light a possible. For that reason, I am giving the book 4 stars instead of 3. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.