WILLIAM & CATHERINE
By Andrew Morton
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312643409, 224pp.)
Publication Date: May 17, 2011
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“I’d been carrying around the ring with me….I would not let it go. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things go horribly wrong, but it went really, really well.” --HRH, Prince William of Wales
The marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton is one of the most significant royal events of recent times. As second in line to the throne, the elder son of the much mourned Diana, Princess of Wales—whose famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring he bestowed on his future bride—William embodies the hopes and expectations of millions of people around the world. And as a “commoner” who will become a princess, Catherine brings romance and freshness to a very traditional union.
Acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton, who was trusted by Diana herself to recount her true story to the outside world, has been covering Prince William since birth. Now he brings his unique insights to this portrait of the histories and characters of the bride and groom—from their family backgrounds, their childhoods, and the early days of their relationship at university, through their ups and downs as a couple in the public eye, their private engagement in Kenya, and all the glamour and drama of the wedding itself. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, both a chronicle and a lasting memento of a day to remember, William & Catherine brings us both the public spectacle and the private moments as only the author of Diana: Her True Story can reveal them.
ANDREW MORTON is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern royalty and celebrity. His groundbreaking 1992 biography revealed the secret world of Diana, Princess of Wales. Written with her full, though then secret, cooperation, the book changed the way the world looked at the British royal family, prompting Tina Brown to declare in The Diana Chronicles: “The journalist Morton most reminds me of is Bob Woodward.”
Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller; and Andrew Morton has gone on to write bestselling biographies of Monica Lewinsky, Madonna, Tom Cruise, and Angelina Jolie. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year by the British Book Awards, Investigative Reporter of the Year by What the Papers Say, and Scoop of the Year by the London Press Club, Morton lives in London.
"Andrew Morton--author of the groundbreaking 1992 biography Diana: Her True Story--presents a photo-laden, gossip-studded history of the newlyweds that will satisfy royal fans hungry for more." --Entertainment Weekly
"This book is by Andrew Morton, the British journalist turned royal biographer, almost as famous as his tiara-topped targets...[who] examines the couple from the perspective of a biographer who knew Diana well and watched William grow to manhood." --USA Today