What It’s Like to Be a Royal Biographer Covering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018
The following is an excerpt from RACHELLE HAMPTON | March 20, 2018 | Slate.com |
Only four months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, a new book by royal biographer Katie Nicholl arrives on shelves with Harry and Meghan grinning beatifically from the cover. Nicholl, who has been covering the royal family for the past decade, has already penned books with titles like The Making of a Royal Romance (on the other prince’s royal romance) and Kate: The Future Queen. Now Nicholl’s Harry: Life, Loss, and Love reveals some intimate glimpses into the already highly scrutinized lives of Meghan and Harry, from who she believes set them up on their first blind date (Violet von Westenholz, a mutual friend and the daughter of former Olympic skier Baron Piers von Westenholz) to the fact that the couple watches The Crown on Netflix. Slate spoke to Nicholl about how covering Markle is different from covering Kate Middleton, her own first encounter with Harry, and what it’s like to be a royal biographer in 2018.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Rachelle Hampton: When did you start working on this book? It sure feels like you cranked it out remarkably fast.
Katie Nicholl: It was about October, November of 2016, and I was speaking to my publisher, and I said, “Look, we’ve had a great success with [my book] William and Harry in 2010,” and we had a great success with the book on Kate, which was in 2013, and I said, “It just strikes me that now is the time to be doing a really informative, well-researched biography on Price Harry, because he is very much the prince of the moment.” This relationship with Meghan Markle was all pretty new by this point. By November or December I was being told that this is really very serious. I went back to the publishers and said, “I think we need to be prepared to bring this biography forward if there’s an engagement announced.”
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