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American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

by Leslie Carroll

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Every American seems to be fascinated with Meghan and Harry's romance. While this book appears to be well researched, there was much more background of the Royal family than the relationship itself. And it was obviously written before the wedding so it stops short of the rest of the story. Still it was an enjoyable read and I was able to get a glimpse into their happy lives. My thanks to Library Thing for providing a review copy of this book. ( )
  belvaw | Nov 24, 2018 |
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A very readable book about Meghan Markle and Prince Henry's background, education, and growing up. Meghan who wouldn't check the racial designation box as she felt she would have to deny one parent or the other and in becoming an actress had a hard time getting cast because she wasn't black, white, or hispanic enough or too white, black or hispanic for whatever role was available. In the meantime Prince Henry was born into a family that was coming apart a little over three years after his parents' wedding. He would have grown up somewhat aware of his parents' fights over marital infidelities but with his older brother shielding him as best he could. Of course, nothing could protect them from news of the crash that killed their mother though the senior members of the family members decided to carry on as though nothing major had happened. Harry and William were encouraged to cry in private but display no public emotion which led to Harry acting out destructively as he grew older and it wasn't until he was twenty-eight, with his brother and sister-in-law's encouragement that he sought counseling to help him process his grief. Meghan and Harry were set up on a blind date and felt she was "The One" from that first meeting and their chat led to their second date. Of course, not everyone was as thrilled as Prince Harry. The fact that she is American, biracial, a divorcee, and an actress brought out some the nastier and false articles in the British tabloids. There are some members of the Queen's family who feel Prince Harry should have married into the English upper class but I'll let you read about them. ( )
  lisa.schureman | Aug 26, 2018 |
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This a fairly well-written dual biography of Harry and Meghan. It's pretty well-done, given that it had to have been something of a rush job. There's nothing new here at all, but it is still an engaging read. One thing that I found really annoying and somewhat offensive was the way in which Carroll felt the need to introduce pretty much any woman with some sort of comment on their appearance. I'm not talking about a description, but rather adjectives that are basically the first thing she uses to introduce these women, as if their appearances are all that mattered, whereas there are rarely comments at all about the appearance of the men. For instance, Meghan is introduced on the first page as Harry's "beautiful raven-haired fiancée", Camilla is "a five-foot-eight-inch blonde", and Wallis Simpson is "homely, brittle". Why are these the very first things we need to know about these people, but Harry, for instance, used to be "rebuke, rakehell, rule breaker. Soldier, prince, private man"? Given that there is no question that Meghan is by far the more accomplished of the two, this is ridiculous. You can tell, also, that Carroll tends towards cliches. The book is a quick and engaging read, but Carroll's language is out of touch with contemporary culture in its usage of sexist cliches. ( )
  vanderschloot | Aug 10, 2018 |
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Pleasantly surprised at the depth and insight in this dual biography of the romance between Great Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meaghan Markle. In the lead up to their ‘fairy tale’ wedding in May 2018, there has been both a lot of fluff and vitriol written about the couple. This book gracefully and accurately (as far as I could verify) follows their chrildhoods, adult careers, ‘meet-cute’, romance and engagement. In Carroll’s telling, both share a laudable commitment to humanitarian causes. They also share fun loving streaks and an obvious romantic attraction. Some readers will be disappointed the book was published prior to and perforce without detailing the particulars of their wedding. However, there is plenty here for even the most dedicated Royal watcher to enjoy. A limited bibliography rounds out the pages, but not end orfootnotes to support the text.
  michigantrumpet | Jul 1, 2018 |
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Alternating chapters describe the separate lives Markle and Prince Harry led until they finally meet about two-thirds of the way through the book. The chapters about Harry tend to be more familiar because the media has always taken a keen interest in reporting every detail of his life. Carroll includes details about his having to wear a GPS tag at school and that he has mild dyslexia. The chapters about Markle make it clear that she was no Cinderella waiting for a prince to notice her. She enjoyed a childhood of some privilege including attending an expensive college prep high school, a stint as an intern in the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires followed by a successful acting career. Charitable causes are nothing new for her; she has been an activist since childhood.

There is a quick mention of Markle’s dating Trevor Engelson and two paragraphs later a description of their wedding, only later mentioning that they had been together seven years. At that time, Markle won the role of Rachel Zane in Suits which necessitated her living in Toronto for eight months of the year. Carroll mentions the passionate love scenes and the requirement for her character to disrobe but then abruptly states that wasn’t the reason for their split; it was the long absences that doomed the marriage. Two chapters later we again hear that they had been together seven years prior to marriage but this time it’s Markle’s success that caused their divorce.

After going into detail about some of Markle’s charity efforts, Carroll states that she “will begin her married life with a fresh slate, which means a focus on different charities.” It would be interesting to know where this information came from; is Kensington Palace vetting her causes? However in the beginning of the next chapter we learn that William and Harry choose their patronages so it seems unlikely that Markle would have to change her focus.

In the last chapter Carroll speculates about what flowers will be part of the bridal bouquet, if Thomas Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle, who the bridesmaids might be, what flavor cake will be served at the reception and which titles the queen will bestow upon the wedded couple. Most of her guesses have already been proven incorrect. Perhaps she was in a hurry to publish before the wedding so as to take full advantage of all the public interest but a delay of a month or two would have allowed her to incorporate accurate information in place of conjecture.

Carroll skips about and includes some well-known anecdotes such as Camilla's provocative comment to Charles about their ancestors’ irregular relationship. The writing tends to be rather gossipy with small intimate details like Charles’s room at Balmoral contained a “well-loved patched bear that he’d carried everywhere since childhood.” Carroll also isn’t above lecturing a couple of princesses about being more tolerant and welcoming to new members of the royal family. Several times Edward VIII is described as Harry’s disgraced ancestor but the king who abdicated is Harry’s great grand uncle—a relative, yes, but not an ancestor. There are no source citations or index and the only photograph is the one on the cover. ( )
  Taphophile13 | May 19, 2018 |
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With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes
responsibility—to advocate and share, to focus less on glass
slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if
I'm lucky enough, to inspire.

                                      —Meghan Markle

The world is changing as everybody knows, and we've
changed with it. I think everybody can see that.

                                     —Prince Harry of Wales
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For Scott—my husband—my prince
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This Scept'red Aisle

Once upon a time—right up to the dawn of the twentieth century, in fact—royal marriages were arranged relationships, peace treaties that secured borders and cemented political alliances. Those who wanted to marry for love were considered to have abrogated their duties.
Childe Harry

Oh, God, it's a boy. And he's even got red hair."
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Explores the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, including how they each grew up, how their romance progressed, and what their future might hold.

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