Just in case you were wondering…No! I am not in any way involved with any palace (though I catch the bus every day from the bus stop called Kensington Palace, just outside Kensington Palace – does that count?)
And NO! I have not even seen Prince Charles, or been anywhere in the remote vicinity of him (as far as I know) since I been here, let alone spent 12 years or so with him!
So what’s with the title!
Well, that is the name of a book I have just finished reading (Ahhhh I can hear you sigh – she’s not going crazy…as yet ;)): The Palace Diaries: Twelve Years with HRH Prince Charles by Nicholas Monson and Sarah Goodall. In it, Sarah Goodall recounts details from the twelve years she spent working as a Lady Clerk at the Royal Palace, starting out answering Prince Charles’s fan-mail, and going on to other events, like Royal Tours, staff banquets, royal banquets, stays at Balmoral Palace, and what-not. In it she also shows her ‘crush’ on Prince Charles, and her fierce loyalty towards him in his ‘battle’ with the people’s hearts with Diana.
I would take anything read there with a bit of a pinch of salt, rather than take everything as the truth and nothing but the truth, but I must say I did enjoy the lighthearted take it does on life as an employee of the palace, especially on the ‘Red-carpet fever’, which as she says, makes someone who has worked with royals for a number of years feel somewhat royal themselves as well.
So if you have some time, and need some good carbohydrate-type reading, with a bit of fact in it, I would surely not discouraging from picking up this book!