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The royal chickens are now coming home to roost

Donal Lynch


The system of the heir and the spare is a very British cruelty, royal biographer Robert Lacey tells Dónal Lynch

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UNHAPPY FAMILIES? Britain’s Prince Harry, far left, with Meghan Markle, follow Prince William, Kate and Prince Charles as they leave Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London in March this year. Photo: Phil Harris/AFP via Getty Images

UNHAPPY FAMILIES? Britain’s Prince Harry, far left, with Meghan Markle, follow Prince William, Kate and Prince Charles as they leave Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London in March this year. Photo: Phil Harris/AFP via Getty Images

UNHAPPY FAMILIES? Britain’s Prince Harry, far left, with Meghan Markle, follow Prince William, Kate and Prince Charles as they leave Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London in March this year. Photo: Phil Harris/AFP via Getty Images

Robert Lacey is sitting beside a large parcel of draft chapters of his new book, Battle of Brothers, which have been returned unopened from Buckingham Palace.

The courtiers have told him they won't dignify it with a reading, which seems a little high-handed, given the pivotal importance of intrigue and rumour in the royal soap opera.


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