15 books to read if you can't get enough of the Royal Wedding
Can’t get enough of the royal wedding on May 19? If you’re still raging with royal wedding fever after Meghan and Harry tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, there’s plenty of royals books out there to keep the party going. Grab a Pimm’s Cup and indulge in these books that range from interactive crafting to fictional delights to biographies that span the gamut from deliciously gossipy to as prim and proper as the Queen.
American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry By Leslie Carroll
If you’re looking for biographies of both Harry and Meghan with a bit of extra context to where their pairing fits in with other royal marriages, Carroll offers a look at their love and lives bookended by stories of Princess Diana and other notable royal marriages. She goes in for lots of gushy descriptions about the pair, including likening them on the day of their engagement announcement to “a pair of terrestrial swans in a mating dance.” If you want the big picture of their romance, this is a good primer of the history Meghan Markle is about to step into and shake up.
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton
When it comes to contemporary royal biographers, it doesn’t get much bigger than Andrew Morton. His 1992 bombshell biography Diana: Her True Story, written in intimate cooperation with the Princess of Wales, offered the world their first glimpse at her troubled inner life. Though he didn’t have as much direct access here, instead relying on Markle’s family and friends, Morton uses his distinctive touch to give the soon-to-be-duchess the royal biography treatment. At times, it can veer into catty, gossipy territory, but if you’re craving more info on Markle’s life, it’s a good place to start.
Harry and Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book Illustrated by Teresa Goodridge
If you’re getting up early to watch the royal wedding live, you’re going to have a lot of daylight left to kill once it’s done. Take some time out to recreate your favorite wedding moments with this Harry and Meghan coloring book that features scenes of the happy couple in a rowboat, riding horses, and driving off in a car with a “Just Wed” license plate. Meghan Markle has dazzled the world with her impeccable fashion sense, but now you can give her a style all your own.
Prince Harry: The Inside Story by Duncan Larcombe
Do you want your royals news to be as gossipy as possible? Then this is the biography for you. Duncan Larcombe covered the royals beat for British paper The Sun for years, and this Harry biography is rife with inside stories of his questionable tactics for covering the prince’s lives over the years. You’ll certainly get inside tidbits about Harry, but you’ll also get a taste of the truly outlandish lengths the British press would go to to get scoop on the royal family.
The Royals: Prince Harry and Meghan
Have you ever wished there was a comic book about the royal family? Tidal Wave productions has granted your wish with a series of comic books about Harry and Meghan. It’s a great way to get a crash course in their romance, even if some of the illustrations will leave you wondering if they were done by the Spanish woman who botched the restoration of the Jesus fresco.
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
This romantic comedy meets spy thriller doesn’t hit shelves until October 2018, but royal obsessives are going to want to add it to their TBR list now. Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden is really over being royal after being jilted at the altar, but she finds herself thrust into an adventure when she meets a man claiming to be a British spy and the brother of her missing fiancé. If you want a fictional romp bursting with adventure, wit, and romance, look no further than this title about a princess who breaks the rules every bit as much as Meghan and Harry.
Harry: A Biography of a Prince by Angela Levin
When it comes to royal biographies, they’re often rife with gossip and misinformation, but if you’re looking for the truth about Prince Harry’s private life, this is probably as close as you can get. Levin has painstakingly constructed the book from interviews she conducted, including sit-downs with Harry at Kensington Palace she did for a Newsweek profile where he spoke openly about the burden of being royal and his desire to modernize the monarchy. If you want the inside scoop, look no further than this princely biography.
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
With her latest YA title, Rachel Hawkins capitalizes on royal wedding fever with a hilarious romance about those who suffer the collateral damage when a commoner weds royalty — the siblings. Daisy Winters is a normal 16-year-old girl who wants to spend her summer going to a fan convention, not jaunting across Scotland learning royal etiquette in preparation for her sister Eleanor’s wedding to Scotland’s Prince Alexander. Of course, the royal courtier in charge of minding her, Miles, is initially insufferable and inconveniently attractive — perfect rom-com hero fodder. Daisy is a mouthy, sarcastic, and utterly joyful heroine. If you’re looking for a new read with the flair of The Princess Diaries, look no further.
Royally Hung by Anne Marsh
Yes, the title probably induces giggles, but this romance is superbly crafted to capitalize on the royal wedding. When Prince Dare is ordered by his uncle to marry (and given a chance at the throne), he devises a plot to ensure that he won’t be party to pushing his elder brother off the throne and away from his inheritance. He’ll marry the most unsuitable bride he can find — a, gasp!, American. Sound familiar? Indulge your romantic royal wedding fantasies with this read.
Harry: Life, Loss, and Love by Katie Nicholl
As a contributor to Vanity Fair, E!, and Entertainment Tonight, Katie Nicholl has defined herself as an authority on the young royals, penning books on the princes and Kate Middleton. She turns her eye to the latest royal romance with a biography of Harry that devotes significant time to his relationship with Meghan Markle. The book turns to numerous inside sources for swoon-worthy accounts of their love, while also offering an in-depth look at Harry’s life overall.
Harry and Meghan: Paper Dolls by Eileen Rudisill Miller
If you’ve got wedding breakfast tea and a fascinator, you may find yourself wanting to re-enact your favorite moment from Harry and Meghan’s romance. Look no further than these delightful paper dolls that offer a variety of outfits from highlights in the pair’s courtship and engagement.
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole continues her captivating, romantic Reluctant Royals series with this July release A Duke by Default. If you have yet to read the first in the series, A Princess in Theory, which follows a young woman who discovers the spam mail from an African nation claiming she is betrothed to a prince is real, get it now. Then, pre-order this title which will extend the royal wedding honeymoon with its Scottish setting and a tale of a silver fox swordsmith who discovers he’s a duke and falls for his American apprentice, Portia, who took the job while trying to find herself. Cole’s romances are always smart, sexy, captivating reads — a perfect fit for Harry and Meghan.
Royal Crown by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot breathed new life into her beloved Princess Diaries series with middle-grade series From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, which follows Princess Mia of Genovia’s much-younger bi-racial half-sister, Olivia, who follows in Mia’s footsteps. This upcoming August release finds Olivia traveling to Genovia for the long-awaited coronation of Princess Mia. We know Olivia would find inspiration in Meghan Markle, so no matter your age, find delight in Cabot’s witty, engaging writing style.
Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll
Much has been made of how historic it is for Meghan Markle, a bi-racial, divorced, American woman, to be joining the house of Windsor. Though this wedding is happening with the Queen’s utmost blessing, it’s not the first headline-making royal wedding. Carroll walks readers through other groundbreaking (and even infamous) royal marriages throughout history.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
The majority of books in this gallery are new releases, but we couldn’t resist including 2015’s The Royal We, which features a fictional version of the British royal family that bears clear parallels to the Windsors (including a bad boy younger prince). Bex Porter has never believed in fairy-tales, but when she goes to Oxford and finds herself falling for hunky dormmate Nick, who just happens to be the heir to the British throne, her life is completely upended. Cocks and Morgan write with a knowing eye for the real royals, sending up some of their more notorious misadventures with empathy and humor. They deliver a love story that is heartfelt, moving, and hilarious that also fully understands the true costs of what it means to go from a normal life to one in the public eye as a member of the royal family — and that love is the only thing that might make it worth it.