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It’s Teatime: 5 Royal Scandal Novels Filled with Drama

by  | March 4
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I’ve always been fascinated by stories about royals. Like most little girls, I grew up loving all the Disney princesses, but I was also intrigued by real-life royals. Even today, the way that my friends can’t stop watching reality TV, I can’t stop watching and reading about royal families. 

This year kicked off with a ton of royal drama. The tabloids were having a ball with all the tea that was being spilled. In January, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped the bombshell that they were taking a step back from their royal duties, the Royal Rota couldn’t keep up with the tabloids in reporting the twists and turns of the scandal. 

Just this week, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been making their farewell tour as royals and wrapping up their final royal engagements, they were snubbed by the Court Circular. Plus, while it was previously announced that they were no longer entitled to use their titles, that decision seems to have been reversed. All this drama has got me thinking about stories featuring other royals whose scandals shook up their kingdoms. So, pull up a chair and gather your crumpets and scones because it’s teatime. 

The Royal Secret

The Royal Secret

by Lucinda Riley

A book titled The Royal Secret is sure to include a juicy story that will shake a British kingdom to its core. When one of the greatest actors of a generation passes away, Joanna Haslam, an up-and-coming reporter, is assigned to cover the funeral. While at the services, Joanna hears about a letter that Sir James Harrison left behind. The contents of the letter will shock everyone and may bring the kingdom’s deepest, darkest secret into the light. Author Lucinda Riley takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride that will have you gasping with each shocking reveal.

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The Royal We

The Royal We

by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

While this novel is inspired by the IRL love story of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it puts a bit of a spin on the real-life tale. Just a regular American girl, Bex Porter was never a big believer in fairy tales. When she heads across the pond to attend Oxford University, she just thought she was going to hit the books, make new friends, and take in the sights. She didn’t expect to be living across the hall from the heir to the British throne, Prince Nick of Wales. Before Bex knows what’s happening, she has fallen head over heels for the handsome royal, but he has tons of baggage and the paparazzi seem to follow him everywhere. Nick’s name is splashed across every tabloid, and he’s expected to marry a Brit, not a common American girl. Caught in the chaos of it all, Bex begins to wonder how much she is willing to give up to follow her heart.

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Royally Screwed (Audio)

Royally Screwed (Audio)

by Emma Chase

If you’re a fan of a story where a royal bad boy falls for a “regular” girl, you won’t want to miss Royally Screwed. The devilishly handsome prince would win my vote for royal book boyfriend.

While in New York City attending events on behalf of the kingdom of Wessco, Prince Nicholas and his friend drunkenly end up at Amelia’s, a local bakery. In his deeply inebriated state, Nick is a royal jerk to Olivia, whose family owns the bakery, but when the prince sobers up the next day, he returns to the shop to apologize and make amends. Although it takes a while for Olivia to forgive him and inevitably concede to going on a date with him, when she finally does their chemistry is off the charts, and the charming prince woos Olivia like no other man could. While I don’t need a Prince Charming, I also wouldn’t turn down a date if I happened to have a meet-cute with one like Prince Nicholas.

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Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

by Casey McQuiston

While we don’t have a royal family here in America, the president’s family comes pretty close. So what happens when the president’s son has an altercation with the royal family’s crown prince?

When the tabloids catch wind of the beef between Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry of Wales, both parties have to come up with a plan for damage control. The two young men are forced to bond and share their “friendship” with the world through social media. But as they spend more time together, the two start to realize that they have a lot more in common than they originally thought. Their friendship evolves into something more, but they know that their relationship becoming public would send the media into a tailspin. In this enemies-to-lovers romance, the couple has to decide whether or not the public will accept their love—and, what’s more, whether they will risk putting everything on the line for it.

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The Royal Runaway

The Royal Runaway

by Lindsay Emory

After Princess Thea is abandoned at the altar, and spends a few months hiding from the paparazzi on an island owned by her royal family, she finally returns to the palace. Finding the royal residences too confining, she decides to head into town to grab a drink at one of the local bars, and encounters an attractive stranger who happens to be related to her former fiancé. Nick, the handsome Scottish mystery man, comes to realize that Thea’s fiancé's disappearance wasn’t just cold feet, but that he may actually have been kidnapped. Together, Nick and Thea try to track down his whereabouts, but the more time they spend together, the less they can fight their chemistry.

✨Bonus: This book is being adapted as a movie! Vince Marcello, the director of Netflix’s hit film The Kissing Booth will be directing this one as well.

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).