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Meghan and Harry: The Real Story

Narrated by: Lucinda Bell Howard
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A balanced account of game changes, conflicts and ambitions. The fall from popular grace of the previously adulated brother of the heir to the British throne as a consequence of his marriage to a beautiful and dynamic Hollywood starlet of colour makes for fascinating listening in best-selling royal author Lady Colin Campbell's balanced account. 

Lady Colin knows her royal history and psychology, and as the first seven years of her adult life were spent in the USA, she has a foot in both the American and British camps. With unique breadth of insight she goes behind the scenes, speaking to friends, relations, courtiers, and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the most unexpected royal story since the Abdication. 

She highlights the dilemmas involved and the issues that lurk beneath the surface, as to why the couple decided to step down as senior royals. She analyses the implications of the actions of a young and ambitious couple in love with each other and with the empowering lure of fame and fortune. 

She leads the listener through the maze of contradictions, revealing how Californian culture has influenced the couple's conduct. She exposes how they tried and failed to change the royal system by adapting it to their own needs and ambitions and, upon failing, how they decided to create a new system altogether.

©2020 Lady Colin Campbell (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Show me the Money

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Thankfully the author brought up the subject of the Proctor and Gamble dishwashing ad, the one which Meghan claimed she got changed by writing to the Company , Hillary Clinton etc and complaining it was sexist. Did she really believe she was the only female in America offended by the ad . I'm with the author and would expect they got loads of complaints about an ad that suggested only women did the dishwashing. The book does a bit of name dropping, repeats itself a bit too often and bringing up Toni Blair and the author's dislike of him was a bit of trivia. The book paints Meghan as a smart operator and grafter and it's all about making Money. Why work for the Queen and not get paid when across the pond you could cash in big time as a Royal and dress it up with a but of Philanthropy so you look caring. Meghan was the one who organised the American law and talent representatives going behind Buckingham Palace Officials. Meghan spent a considerable amount of money on cloths funded by Prince Charles. She was the one telling Harry they could makes so much Money . Marrying into the British Royal family is not for the faint hearted but according to the book, this was a stepping stone for Meghan to become much more high profile. Royals are not celebrities which Meghan was unable to adapt to. The author suggesting Meghan had dreams of becoming at some stage the President of the USA is highly fanciful and ludicrous as were a few other assertiation in the book. Harry is depicted as wanting to please his wife, desperately in love with her and willing to give up a lot for her. It is worrying that she has managed to separate him from his family and his royal life, relocate to another country via Canada and have no concrete plans of where to from here. Megan's only family is her Mum. The story is at best a very sad one for both these people. Meghan did not really try and understand the role of the Queen and her family in Britain and the Commonwealth, she never even resided long enough in the UK to become a British Citizen and Harry can not work in the USA until he get USA residency. If he becomes a citizen of the USA he loses his royal title. It is very messy and I'll conceived move even if Meghan was really struggling to cope in the UK. I enjoyed the narration of the book and the language although I disagreed with some of the assertions of the author because they were way to fanciful. What happens to Meghan, Harry and Archie is anyone's guess but I think Harry is in trouble.

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Fascinating, but slightly repetitive

Had a wonderful relaxing listen to this whilst doing a puzzle during lockdown. The narrator was wonderful - really took you into that posh ol’ world. The story was super interesting, but at times felt repetitive. Probably because you’re not suppose to sit down all day and listen to it (I had nothing better to do). Really good insights, connections and a perspective into this mysterious life of Harry and Meghan.

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Balanced but repetitive.

The overall story was balanced, taking into account different players view points. I felt the story could have been edited better, as the same message was often repeated and the language was long winded. I appreciated the comparisons between current day and historical precedents. Lady C's analysis was complex reflecting the complexities of the individuals and circumstances involved. Overall an interesting take on the evolving story of Harry and Megan.

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Colin Campbell's view - from a bigotted outlook?

The only thing I found interesting was some of the facts that Colin presented in (mainly the early) parts of the book. The rest was a vitriolic from a biased and mostly likely jealous point of view. She should know what ruins the Royal Family is in, an absolute disgrace. Waste of time and paper...

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Insightful and balanced

A very insightful book that gives you knowledge and history of the British traditions and also the monarchy. Really balanced views. I really enjoyable read.

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Mixed feelings but not bad

I began the book appreciating it: It started with Duchess Meghan's upbringing, and much of her missteps were mostly due to her misunderstandings of British Royalty and culture. I have read Scobie and Durant's book in parallel, and I've had much more sympathy for Duchess Meghan in Lady C's book. I felt her sympathy for Duchess Meghan's struggles (though not uncommon from ordinary people's). It didn't take long us and until the book criticised the Duchess' choices and actions as well as her husband, Prince Harry. I do believe that the Duchess had some level of selfishness and personal gain in all this, but I don't think she is as calculating as Lady C depicts her (or maybe she is often miscalculating, as Lady C says too.) I am unconvinced at the dim-wittedness of the Prince in the book, but I do believe the Prince was love-struck to the point of blindness. If it is the case, I sympathise with his family's worries. The book often confirms negative publicity that surrounded Duchess Meghan, but not all were elaborated, so I am reserved into believing all of them. The book often quotes Palace sources, be it Royals, staff or previous staff, which I appreciate, but I cannot be sure of those sources. Lady C by the 2nd half of the book heavily compares Duchess Meghan to Princess Diana, both as a wife to Prince Harry like Princess Diana was to Prince Charles, and as a personality in terms of manufacturing the media. The comparison was to an extent where I felt like it was additional jabs for her book about Princess Diana for the unfaithfulness she had towards the Crown, as so did Duchess Meghan. It seems that what drove Meghan away was mostly due to an inadequate expectation of foreign press, especially a press that works under a monarchy, as well as petty expectations that the Duchess didn't express to the Royal family and staff. Almost as if Duchess Meghan expected the typical Hollywood fairytale movie, where an atypical woman comes into a Royal family (not typically the second in line) and modernise their concept of monarchy, and even abandon all sense of monarchy for a democracy. It is a fairytale story only 2h movies make for manic pixie girls. The insistence of Duchess Meghan that her way was the best showed a lack of responsibility and accountability from a person thrusted into a high position that comes with immense privileges, meaning high responsibilities, accountabilities, and expectations from the people of Great Britain. The Princess dreams of opulence and all-power weren't on the menu. The book was easy to listen to, though the French words, to me, felt a bit posh and almost disdainful. Still, I understand some words are just not adequate in English, for example, "accouchement" in comparison to "giving birth" sounds much better, I guess (as a French person, I can't tell). By the second half of the book, the chronology was a bit messy to me, going back and forth between events pre-Master Archie's birth and post-Master Archie's birth. By the very end, I didn't know if it was intentional, but two paragraphs that were in previous chapters (2-3 chapter before) made another appearance, which was very confusing to me. Either it was deliberate for emphasis, or the book was quickly reviewed and edited for an expedited release that would coincide with Omid and Durant's "Finding Freedom." The performance of Lucinda Bell Howard was very well-paced and easy to listen to, though it sometimes felt like she was reading a recipe book, I might just be unknowledgeable of English accents. Howard added a lot of playfulness in her performance that made the listen very enjoyable, and wasn't shy to deliver the occasional swear words.

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Detailed and factual

Beautifully written. Behind the scenes story. The drama will unfortunately continue but this book explains why.

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engaging performance, just as was the story

some interesting, unbelievable realities about the hope Meghan and Harry have about their lives. with heavy dents of truth and honesty that add to tale. could not put it down. someone once told me that I could not change what another person said or thought of me, what I could do is swipe away their negativity off my skin and flick it back at them whilst walking away silently. karma would take care of the rest. some people just need constant attention and adoration because they think they are all that... so just take the attention away. the best thing the media can do is take the cameras away and point them towards those that actually deserve the merit

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Deliciously Entertaining

Written in a neutral way with so many insights. A really good read. Enjoyed it immensely

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  • Renee
  • 25-08-2020

Garbage! Do Not Read This Book!!

Since Finding Freedom was written, someone decided to write a "counter book" if you will, to tear Harry and Meghan down. This book is so unrealistic, I'm sorry I purchased it. I thought it would shine a positive light on them for a change, but it didn't. It's all negative so that William and Kate can look good. I'm disgusted with this book only after the first chapter.

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  • Sharon Elaine
  • 10-08-2020

Riveting - and I don't follow royals

I couldn't stop listening. Lots of history and perspective. Excellent narration, not too fast nor too slow. I don't pay attention to royals but Harry and Meghan stirred up such a soap opera that I became curious. I wanted to find out if my far away perceptions in California matched that of someone close to the source... and it was a resounding yes. It's a sad story, really, an adorable young Meghan (love her childhood photos) grows up to be a calculating siren, thinking money and fame are the most worthy goals and sheds anyone who might tarnish the tinsel town light that flashes her way. A spare prince who relinquishes his power to the rescue of the manipulative beauty, who clearly needs no rescuing, other than from her narcissistic and poor me views. Has Harry not learned the warning signs of a controlling spouse? The first signal is how they isolate you from those you have previously held most dear. He's in deep now. Will his pride allow him to come clean once he's truly woke... vs the Meghan-wokeness that serves a political agenda she may not even grasp. I'd have more respect if they were working to eliminate the industry of child sex trafficking, a true and massive problem of our times . Watching them together is painful. You can see the pup in Harry's face and the cool calm "I got this, follow me" mask that Meghan wears. The long story will either be they fall apart due to lack of mutual respect after the facade wears off or they stick together with an "us vs the world" fantasy. Great read, thank you, Lady Colin Campbell.

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  • Dog Republica
  • 15-08-2020

Don’t buy this book!

Anti-American and the POV is biased. This title, along with Finding Freedom, are both pathetic whinings regarding H & M. It’s time for these two to grow, stop complaining and taking handouts from daddy. You have millions on your own. Stand on your own two feet and move on.

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  • Patrick
  • 09-08-2020

Devastating and fascinating

This book had its faults but for me it was a devastating critique of Meghan and Harry. Both come under heavy criticism but for different reasons. Meghan for her unbridled ambition and Harry for essentially enabling her poor behavior. The book paints a devastating picture of Meghan by recounting such topics as; her disdain for British and royal family traditions, her behavior related to her wedding, extravagant spending on clothes and disregard for traditional royal apparel wearing norms, her appalling behavior with her father and more distant family members, her tendency to discard people after they are of no further use to Meghan, etc. I found this book flawed in a few important areas but was overall hard to put down. Examples-the author is very critical of princess Dianna, has a definite tendency to name drop, tends to go off on tangents, and repeats herself. The author has a few rather controversial themes such as whether or not Archie is really the son of Meghan and Harry, and the U.S. presidential aspirations of Meghan. The author gives an excellent overview of British culture as it differs from Current US culture. Most particularly the differences in the British vs. American press. Overall I would highly recommend this book despite some notable faults.

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  • DEB
  • 16-08-2020

Wow! Great Book

The Narrator was mesmerizing. It appears that a huge amount of research went into writing this book. I was up late every night listening, I couldn’t stop, it was great. I’m ready to start over and listen again.

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  • D BURNHAM
  • 14-08-2020

Loved it!

As an American it was hard for me to understand the negative reaction toward Harry and Meghan. Most of us don’t truly understand the monarchy and the role it plays. This was an interesting insight into the majority of Britain’s viewpoint. I throughly enjoyed this Audible book and plan to read her autobiography. The narration was perfect!

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  • 匿名
  • 09-08-2020

Unbiased Harry & Meghan

Balanced, informative and entertaining.. Lots of Royal family history and personal insight. An fascinating read

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  • Nikki
  • 13-08-2020

Fantastic and Factual

Lady C connects all the dots in the Meghan and Harry story and clearly explains in detail what has been going on behind the lens. I highly recommend reading or listening to the audio version of this book as I did. Bravo Lady C., well done.

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  • Melomandala
  • 09-09-2020

Author writes like Meghan killed her dog

Wow! At the beginning of the book, the author teases that Meghan did something unspeakable early in her marriage to Harry. I really wanted to listed long enough to find out what it was, but I couldn't. After a few hours, I had to return this. I doubt I missed anything. This book is an exhaustive (and exhausting) list of things Meghan, Harry (and Diana, for some reason) have failed at, going back to childhood. Meghan failed the civil service exam! Harry was a bad student! So was Diana! The tone is nasty, too. I lost count of how many times the author sarcastically said a cause was "woke." Really? My advice is to skim the Kindle sample. It is nicer in tone and content than the rest of the book but will give you a good idea of whether is something you want to read or listen to.

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  • 匿名
  • 31-08-2020

Wow! So good!

This book was so good! The author is fair and just in her writing. She gives credit where credit is due and she is frank when describing the times when the couple acted less than respectable or royal. I could tell that the author really put a lot into this book, and she even said during an interview that she did not scour the internet looking for information online to use in the book. She apparently steered clear of the media altogether and relied on good old-fashioned sleuth work and interviews while writing it. It's plain to see from her knowledge and detailed information that the author runs in the same circles as the royals and their friends from the aristocracy which is why I'm not even mad that she only cited a couple sources. I understand why she didn't though. I had fun trying to guess who said what, especially when she said it was "the cousins." I kept thinking was it Beatrice or Eugenie, Peter or Zara, or was it one of the Queen's cousins like Prince Michael of Kent. How fun! I learned a few new things that I hadn't heard before, and the author clarified some things that the media got wrong or partially wrong. I highly recommend the audio book version over the paperback. It's not hard to read in print but I just found the audio book more exciting. The narrator does a wonderful job! She sounds British, and she pronounces the French words and phrases in the book spot on with a really good accent. Overall, the book deserves a solid A! I've already started listening to it again from the beginning.❤

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  • Audible fan
  • 08-08-2020

gossipy and random

this is a very peculiar book. it's really bitchy and full of the author's self-aggrandising and snobbery. The author has zero connection to the royal family but likes to hint that she does. It's a mix up of personal opinions and quotes from random people. it's very long, part 1 ends up just ramblings.

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  • Sandy
  • 15-08-2020

Glad I heard this account first

What a brilliant, articulate and well put together book. I really felt by the end I could trust the words of this intelligent, well positioned lady. It did not come over as unkind or vengeful, but rather informative and informed. As well as enjoying her account of the ‘situation’ this couple find themselves in, I feel I have a better knowledge of all things Royal now - the whys and wherefores! The narrator was spot on in her delivery also, although her pronunciation of the name Archie was interesting.

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  • 匿名
  • 13-08-2020

A very bitchy Author...

Lady C makes me laugh because she is so bitchy and thinks she is so royal and more important than anyone--there's a name for that. If I were you, before purchasing this, I would watch "I'm a celeb get me out of here, lady C clips" on YouTube first so that you can get to know the real lady C, before reading this book... She's chatting like she was there lol. The book reveals more about the bitter author than it does about meghan lol.

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  • Caroline
  • 13-08-2020

Fantastic.

Bought this and the other one (by them) and frankly I believe this one. Boring narration though, shame Lady C Didn’t read it.

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  • 匿名
  • 15-08-2020

Don’t waste your credit! Bloody awful!

This book is rubbish! It is just a toffee-nosed, poorly written, pretentious, name-dropping pile of doo-dah! As much as I am not a fan of Meghan at all, hence the choice, and am sure a significant number of the stories are true, it is also cruel to the point of being vicious. The surrogate story is just ridiculous and beyond parody. However, I doubt whether the Scobie diatribe is any better. Avoid like crazy and read some good fiction - use your credit in a better way.

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  • Lesley Goodman
  • 21-09-2020

A Very Interesting Read

The erudite and articulate Lady C has Meghan Markles number. Other reviewers have called this work "bitchy" I disagree. Lady C has clearly got the real story. She tells it like it is and I, for one agree with every word. I have always believed that Meghan was not pregnant and that a surrogate was used. Any real mother only needs to look at her with Archie. I too, believe that Meghan will break Harry's heart, its only a matter of time. Lady C says what many of us are thinking. Everything she says about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is absolutely spot on. Well done Lady C.

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  • SianB
  • 06-09-2020

Tedious

Gave up reading part way through Chapter 2 and returned the book. Long on irrelevant and uninteresting filler, short on much of interest that hasn't already been covered ad nauseam in the media. I really couldn't care less what the racial mix of Markle's infant school was, or the irrelevant history of its founder, building code changes in 1990s California or any other irrelevant and pointless info used to pad out the chapters.

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  • Juliette Porter
  • 31-08-2020

Fairly objective view

If your a Megan and Harry fan you probably won’t like this book. I found that the author has tried to be objective and look at both side of the picture. A lot of rumours have been addressed in this book. The fact that Lady Colin Campbell hasn’t been sued by the couple leads me to believe that a lot of it is true. As a royal fan I enjoyed it. And it’s helped to make my own mind up about what the couple are really like.

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  • Julie Artist
  • 19-09-2020

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Well written and well read. The book is a mixture of fact, gossip and opinion but it blends all three very well. In some ways this is a sad book as there was such promise and missed opportunity for the future royal family when Megan joined. The Queen is famed for putting duty before self, something sadly now lacking in these two as they pursue commercial interests and fame. I find it hard to understand why they need financial independence when collectively they already have more money and privilege than most people can imagine. As an aside there is also a fascinating insight into the author and a new found respect for her life journey too. A good book and well worth a listen.

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  • sherron beadnell
  • 04-09-2020

Bitchy , nasty and biased

Love or hate Meghan she does not deserve the nasty battering she receives in this bitchy biased horrible book , i wish i had never lined Campbell`s pockets by making the purchase . Zero respect , Campbell shows herself to be mean spirited , two faced salacious gossiper , i doubt she has even met Harry or Meghan . Real story my ass

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