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Apr 08, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
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This novel is a must-read for any fan of the royal family.

I don’t know about you, but I am experiencing royal wedding fever. I am on high alert for any news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials on May 19th. I’ll read just about any article about her supposed dress, rumored reception entertainment, and even the kind of cake they’re going to serve or the flowers that will be artfully arranged at St. George’s Chapel. My alarm is set and the invitations are going out for my viewing party. I’m even making one of my friends get me an official commemorative souvenir when she goes to London this summer.

This obsession isn’t new for me—yes, this American girl has been a lifelong fan of the British royal family (maybe I do have something in common with Meghan Markle after all?). So now that you know this, it will be no surprise that one of my favorite reads in recent years was The Royal We ($9; amazon.com). The title is a royal play on words, too—it’s a nod to a sovereign’s usage of the pronoun “we” instead of “I” when referring to himself or herself.

The novel is not a new release—it came out in 2015—but I truly believe it’s required reading for any fan of the Windsors. Written by Go Fug Yourself’s Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the book is a fictionalized retelling of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance, with a few differences. It’s a funny, cute story with many parallels to Will and Kate’s relationship, so any fan who’s followed their dating history will recognize the plotlines (remember their breakup in 2007?!)

The story follows an American student, Bex Porter, who heads to Oxford University for a study abroad program. On her first night at school, she meets the heir to the British throne, Prince Nicholas Lyons. Needless to say, romance and drama ensue. A rebellious younger brother is a supporting character in the book, too—his name is Freddie in the book, but we all know who the character is based on IRL.

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While it may not be the fictionalized version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance (here’s my plea to the authors to start writing that), the novel could tide you over while you’re patiently waiting for the big day. And when you’re finished reading it, you’ll be happy to know that Gilmore Girls’ Lauren Graham is working on a film adaptation of the book.

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