The Royal We book cover

Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Royal We’.

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Time change? I woke up yesterday morning around 6:30 (not unusual for me) but I wasn’t ready to do much, so I was just watching TV. As the time passed, I kept wondering why the sun wasn’t up yet… so I went back to bed and fell asleep until 11.

When I watched the recorded news, I saw it was Daylight Savings… I had NO idea, and I think that’s the first time that’s ever happened. That’s how much I’m paying attention to the outside world right now. All the clocks I use change automatically, so in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.

I spent the majority of my day yesterday watching Grammy coverage — I love watching the fashion pre-shows and the after shows. But on Saturday, I laid on my couch and read almost the entirety of “The Royal We” by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

In short, this book is basically the fictionalized version of Prince William and Kate Middleton, except that the “Kate Middleton” character is from America. I know I’m late to the game on this one — this book has been wildly popular since its release in 2016.

But, the Royals in general have taken a bit of time to grow on me. Honestly, if it weren’t for Kate Middleton I don’t know how much I’d pay attention — I just love her! I think I’ve shied away from royal-related books for a while because I wasn’t sure how much I’d understand.

However, I attended a virtual author event last year (this was a big bonus in the Q) featuring Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan because the sequel to this book was out (“The Heir Affair“). They seemed really nice and I was inspired to get the first book and see how I liked it.

Well, I loved it! It was a bit lengthy — I always look at the page count when I start a book and when I saw 500 pages I was nervous, but the story didn’t drag on. There’s a bit of a weird love triangle at the beginning that took a little bit to get into, but after that, I was hooked.

The book covers how Prince Nicholas and Rebecca “Bex” fall for each other, and of course, hiding it all from the press and her learning about the Royal way of life. The press has a large part in the book — not surprising — and it’s interesting to get an insider’s view, even though it’s fiction.

…Which brings me to my book club questions! Even if you’re not in a book club, maybe these will provoke some new ideas.

Book Club Questions for ‘The Royal We’

  1. What is your opinion of books that fictionalize real events that are well-known to the public? What well-known event would you like to see fictionalized for a book?
  2. Have you ever been in a situation similar to Bex and Clive’s? If so, how did it turn out? If not, how do you think Bex handled it?
  3. Put yourself in Bex’s shoes. How would you handle the situation with Lacey and the press?
  4. Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who couldn’t reveal he was dating someone — whether it was for work, TV, family, etc.? How did it feel?
  5. Do you think the book did a good job of depicting Royal life? Was there more you wish we could’ve seen? Less?

I would definitely recommend this book if you’re at all interested in modern Royal life… and I’m definitely going to add the sequel to my reading list!

I started reading “The Upside of Falling” by Alex Light yesterday and am hoping to finish it today. So far, it’s really good!

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