Book Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
I have long been a fan of all things Royal Family and consider myself a huge Anglophile. The Royal We has been on my TBR list for a while now, and I decided to go ahead and read it in case we need to start prepping for Harry and Meghan’s wedding! This is basically Kate and William fanfiction. And you know what? I am perfectly okay with that. The Royal We is the love story of Rebecca “Bex” Porter and Prince Nicholas, the future king of Great Britain.
Bex and Nick meet when she does an exchange year at Oxford. (I studied abroad at Oxford one summer during college, and I am dying to go back to visit. Or live there permanently. Either way, I'm going back.) Bex and Nick live on the same floor in the dorm at Pembroke College. Nick's inner circle quickly accepts Bex. They start to fall for each other as they stay up most nights and watch trashy television. Because the press leaves Nick alone at school, they stay in the honeymoon phase for the rest of their time at Oxford. However, when they both move to London after school, their relationship becomes more difficult with Nick not introducing Bex to his extended family and not wanting to go public just yet. Once Bex meets Nick’s brother, Freddie, their relationship seems to do better, with Freddie fighting for Bex among the rest of the Royal Family, when she finally meets them. But Prince Richard, Nick and Freddie’s father, is extremely harsh and not at all a good dad. He constantly tries to set up Nick with well-to-do blue bloods and pretty much ignores Bex’s existence. But on the family ski trip, Nick and Bex are photographed kissing on the slopes, and all hell breaks loose with the media. Bex is constantly hounded at her job and anywhere she goes. Her twin sister Lacey thrives off the media attention and begins a fling with Freddie, both of which constantly rile up Nick. And much like in William and Kate’s real life romance, the couple breaks it off due to the intense media scrutiny, and the fact that not only is Bex a commoner, she is also American.
But after intense partying on both Nick and Bex’s sides, they eventually find a way back to each other. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows yet, because now that they are officially together, the Royal Family steps in and is determined to make Bex Duchess-worthy. Nick has joined the Navy and is deployed. And Lacey is out of control. Bex feels like she has no one to turn to who understands and begins to doubt their relationship and her life choices.
The Royal We is absolute pure fun. I read it all on Sunday. All my friends know that I am obsessed with William and Kate, so this was a delightful book to fantasize about the Royals. The supporting cast of characters is fabulous. Freddie is a treasure and the perfect "Harry". Cilla and Gaz, two of Bex and Nick’s friends, are fiercely loyal and love the two of them equally, even though they have known Nick for most of his life.
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are the bloggers behind Go Fug Yourself. They knocked the ball out of the park with this book. If you are looking for a light, enjoyable read for your Anglophile heart, look no further than The Royal We. I absolutely loved this book so much so that I give it 5 stars and will be buying this one, so it has a permanent place on my bookshelves.
Let me know what you think about the Royal Family, your bets on when Harry and Meghan make it official, or what William and Kate will name the third baby. My bet's on Victoria for a girl or Edward for a boy.