Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Book Time with the Royal Couple; in the Run-Up to the Royal Wedding, HANNAH STEPHENSON Leafs through Some of the New Titles Delving into the Royal Romance That's Captured Hearts All over the World

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Book Time with the Royal Couple; in the Run-Up to the Royal Wedding, HANNAH STEPHENSON Leafs through Some of the New Titles Delving into the Royal Romance That's Captured Hearts All over the World

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HINK you know everything there is to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Think again.

There's a plethora of new books out in the run-up to the royal wedding, which attempt to analyse the minutiae of their lives - childhoods, relationships, characters, strengths and weaknesses and, of course, their love affair.

Curious? Here are six of the new titles to hit the shelves...

MEGHAN: A HOLLYWOOD PRINCESS BY ANDREW MORTON, (MICHAEL O'MARA, PS20) ANDREW Morton, the former tabloid journalist who wrote the controversial biography Diana: Her True Story, about the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is the author behind one of the most publicised new books.

Living in Pasadena in Los Angeles, Andrew says he was on Meghan's home turf and was easily able to speak to friends and others who had some connection with her, including her half-brother, Thomas.

In the book, he plays on the parallels - and the contrasts - between Meghan and Diana.

"There are contrasts and comparisons. They were both from broken homes, both felt very isolated and alone growing up, Meghan because she was bi-racial, Diana because divorce in those days was very unusual," he states.

"Meghan was more of an activist when she was a little girl. She organised an anti-Gulf War demonstration at her school and wrote to food product companies about faulty products.

"She also famously wrote to a washing liquid company, Procter & Gamble, about their sexist advertising on their washing-up liquid, which they changed after about a month.

"Diana, by contrast, was very shy, wasn't academically very successful whereas Meghan was usually the smartest in the room.

"Moving on to the teenage years, you see a similarity in that Meghan was hard-wired to get involved and to give back. She was involved with soup kitchens for the homeless in downtown LA. Diana was involved with a disabled centre near her school.

"Diana in her adult years became an independent humanitarian advocate and it's interesting that when Meghan was 16, she saw something of herself in Diana."

HARRY: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRINCE BY ANGELA LEVIN (JOHN BLAKE, PS14.99) JOURNALIST Angela Levin is the only writer in the latest biography pack to have actually interviewed Harry for her book. After shadowing him for a year while he was on royal duties, she managed to secure several interviews and discovered a complex man who is determined to make a difference.

"He's very charismatic, understands people intuitively, which I think is from his mother, he's determined and can be a little bit stroppy if things bore him. What he feels happy with is connecting in a proper way."

She says in the book that the Prince of Wales and his late ex-wife had little in common and should never have married, but is much more optimistic about Harry and Meghan, who have much in common - both from broken homes, their humanitarian ethos, the fact they both want to make a difference. …

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