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Scuttlebutt, Rumors, and Other Assorted Untruths
The only thing Kitty Kelly does in this book is bring together rumors and gossip that have been swirling around the English Royal family for the past
several decades into one place. If I were to take what's in here even halfway seriously, then I'd have no choice but to believe that every male who is a part of the family by blood or marriage is a bisexual nympho. Only a complete neophyte to English history would think the monarchy's been a bastion of heterosexual monogamy, but those royals who did deviate from the public image presented were consistent in their deviation, which is more than can be said for what's in the pages of Ms. Kelly's book. She traffics in scandal and titilation, not facts and truth. 

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Reviewed August 1999 - purchased from The Bookworm 25 cents
Expecting rumors and outrageous lies I half-heartily decided to read this unauthorized novel of the British Royal Family. Boy was I
pleasantly surprised. Sure it's full of gossip and amazing tales, but Kelly tells you her sources and notes when it is unconfirmed. The author favors no one but tells the untold side of the Windsors. The media pushed the envelope and forced the Royals to air their dirty laundry on national TV. This is a microcosms of evolution of the press and the monarchy.
The book begins with George V who is a grandson of Victoria, and ends with the divorce of Charles & Diana. The author adds a postscript featuring Diana's death. The royalty are only human, but what is wrong with these people? Divorce is a no no, but adultery is fine? And if there is a baby or two born out of wedlock then oh well. Is marriage that important? My thoughts on this isn't so much the act, but how odd it looks for this "society" to see marriage as the only thing that matters, nothing else seems important, as long as the marriage certificate stays firm.
One thing seems very clear, Charles married Diana because he had to, not because he loved her. Sad how the strains of royalty force them to put on a happy face when their lives are falling apart inside. It seems that happiness should be more important than securing a life-long mate.

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I put this down for a while, the first chapter offended me. But its an easy read with funny stories and the photographs are delightful. A historical fiction novel might be more entertaining however, ha Read full review

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User Review  - Judith Rice - Goodreads

Not enough detail - the book is a general overview of the House of Windsor. Avid readers of English history will find this book a joke. Read full review

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Straight-up brain candy. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen Paterka - Goodreads

A great tell-all, dating back to the reign of Elizabeth's father Edward, Britian during WWII, and the raising of the royal family. Updated in 2007 to include the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. Read full review

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User Review  - Hilary Ryder - Goodreads

An easy read, and I enjoyed all of the photos, but never sure what was true and what was Kitty. Read full review

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User Review  - Muhammed Bhatti - Goodreads

a very shocking, no-holds-barred exposť on the British Royal Family that would certainly keep you hooked on for awhile! However, I must warn the reader : If you're a Royalist (and especially a Brit) then read at your own discretion... Read full review

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