― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You
If you want to read something completely fantastical, something that could never happen in real life, read The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. It’s the story of a young, American college student, Bex, who goes to England to study abroad and ends up marrying the British Prince. (How many college girls have swooned at that thought!) As a former English major and all-around Anglophile, this is the alternative history that I’ve been waiting for.
The Royal Family in the book is loosely based on the current Royal Family. The Queen, much like Elizabeth II, is always in control and always gets the last word. The Prince in question is obviously the stand-in for Prince William and his red-headed, mischief-making brother for Prince Harry. The Prince’s father is distant (though I’d like to imagine that Prince Charles isn’t as unkind as his literary substitute in this book). The depiction of the Prince’s mother is handled tastefully. (I’ll make you read it to find out what the authors did with this delicate situation.)
I enjoyed watching Bex develop in her relationship with Prince Nicholas from girl-next-door to keep-it-a-secret girlfriend to hide-from-the-paparazzi fiancé. It gave me a new respect for Kate and how she deals with the cameras with such aplomb. With all the craziness that Bex has to deal with once she comes into the paparazzi’s crosshairs, it makes me wonder: If the truth can be crazier than fiction, what must poor Kate go through that we never even hear about?
Fellow royal watchers might also like Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl, Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess by Jerramy Sage Fine, The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, and The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne.