‘As dangerous as the Abdication’: Prince Harry and William’s breach is WORSE than anyone thinks (and started EARLIER), claims biographer behind new book laying bare devastating inside story – as he says Meghan was handled ‘appallingly’
On historian and royal biographer Robert Lacey’s desk is a large envelope, still sealed. It contains draft chapters from his latest book, which — as is his custom — he sent to Buckingham Palace pre-publication.
It’s quite unusual for a royal writer to do this, but Lacey has always worked this way. In 1977, when he was more famous for being an investigative journalist, he wrote what is still regarded as the definitive biography of the Queen. Palace officials co-operated, and he was invited to have tea with senior courtiers.
He has never allowed his subjects to veto his work, but he says allowing them to see ‘parts, not all of a book’ in advance is courteous and allows those involved to challenge key points, if necessary.
Robert Lacey’s new book, published on 15 October, will be serialised in the Daily Mail from 3 October.