This week, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York is releasing her new book, Her Heart For A Compass. This is her first romance novel, but it is not her first book. In fact, it’s not even the first book for a member of the Royal Family.
The Duchess has several auto-biographies (one was released specifically as a promotional piece while she was a spokesperson for Weight Watchers), and has written children’s books both as stand-alone stories and as part of the Helping Hands series.
In her immediate (former) family, authors include the next King (probably), Charles, Prince of Wales. He writes mainly about gardens, art (including a book of his own paintings and drawings), architecture and the environment. His most recent offering is on climate change.
David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, son of Princess Margaret, nephew to Queen Elizabeth II, has authored books on the great houses of England and their furniture. As 24th in line for the throne, and the first on the list that is not a direct descendant of the Queen, he uses his books as many non-fiction authors do, as a basis for his speaking career.
Another former member of the Royal Family, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, contributed the foreword to a book of international cuisine recipes compiled from the women who volunteer at a community kitchen in London at which the Duchess has also volunteered.
And, not just the British Royal family have put pen to paper. Other ranking royals with Amazon Author pages include: Queen Rania of Jordan, the author of four children’s books focusing on female empowerment and the importance of acceptance; Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, a mother of five and author of a book that offers advice on etiquette, table manners, party conversations and raising children.