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We <3 “The Royal We”!

The contest is over. Congrats to the winner Ashley C!

copy of the book The Royal WeIf you haven’t read Heather Cocks’s and Jessica Morgan’s (a.k.a. The Fuggirls) new novel, “The Royal We,” what’s wrong with you? This book ticks all my boxes: sassy, smart American girls; handsome princes; Oxford; and complicated love affairs. Sound good to you too?

Rebecca Porter is a Midwestern American girl – the true girl next door – who finds herself studying abroad at Oxford. In fact she’s at they very college where Prince Nicholas, second in line to the throne, is enrolled. His room’s even down the hall from hers! Sound familiar? Well any resemblance this book might have to the love story of the Cambridges we all know by heart quickly fades away. Bex, as she’s known, is not a sloane-y, private school girl. She hasn’t grown up rubbing shoulders with the privileged class. She’s a bit bumbling and knows how to put a pint away (my type of girl.) She and Nicholas start off slow, keeping the reader on the edge of her seat. Will they? Won’t they? How much junk food must they eat before they hook up?? (BTW, I’m convinced “Devour = “Passions.” Discuss.)

Their siblings – Bex’s twin Lacey and the spare prince Freddie – are gems. Lacey’s saucy and Freddie’s a charming rogue. (Hmm, sounds familiar.) They give an edge to the story with a subplot almost more interesting than Bex’s and Nicolas’s. A sequel starring those two would be marvelous. (Heather and Jessica?)

“The Royal We” is one of those books that will keep you in your pajamas all day as you binge read. And then go back to the beginning and read it again. It’s sweet but has enough twists and turns to keep you wondering if there will be a happy ever after at all. A royal blast.

We’re sharing the love with one lucky person (in the USA only, sorry international peeps.) Mail us at hwaleswire@gmail.com with your name and address. One entry per person per day. Contest ends at midnight CT on Friday, May 1st. Good luck!

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Prince Harry in 2014 – Dirty 30

I don’t really like the term “Dirty 30” but I suppose it fits our dear Harry, non? Alas his hitting the big 3-0 on September 15 this year seemed a little tame. (At least compared to my 30th which involved lost wallet, lost cellphone, and cringe worthy photos on the internet.)

He had a fancy black-tie party at St. James Palace, which may or may not have been ski-themed, may or may not have been organized by Kate, and may or may not have had burlesque dancers. Either way, I’m sure it was lovely.

Even more lovely was the birthday gift courtesy of his late mother: an inheritance estimated to be worth a cool £10 million ($16 million.) Harry and William both began to receive income from their future inheritances at 25. Then, Harry rented a yacht and threw a big party for his friends. Five years later, with all the money now in his hands, we heard of no such shenanigans. He and his brother are both now in full possession of much of their mother’s personal belongings including her iconic wedding gown. This allowed them to retire it from its tour of the shopping malls of the United States. Pity.

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Win a copy of “If the Shoe Fits”!

Cover of If the shoe fits
CONTEST IS CLOSED! Thanks!

Author Megan Mulry is generously giving us copies of the novel If the Shoe Fits from her “Unruly Royals” series to share with HWW’s lovely followers.

We’re huge fans of Megan’s sexy, fun romances and this one in particular should appeal to you guys. Want to know more? Here’s the synopsis:

“The only thing worse than being in the spotlight is being kept in the dark…

With paparazzi nipping at his heels, Devon Heyworth, rakish brother of the Duke of Northrop, spends his whole life hiding his intelligence and flaunting his playboy persona. Fast cars and faster women give the tabloids plenty to talk about. Continue reading

“I Wanna Marry ‘Harry'” got yanked

I originally thought I was going to watch this show and do something like witty recaps, thoughtful treatises on modern pop culture and misogyny, memes of the contestants with cat faces. I did that for two episodes (not the cat faces) but then it just got too damn boring. But shows like this really aren’t my thing. Surely someone was enjoying it, I thought. I apparently thought wrong. Four episodes in and “I Wanna Marry ‘Harry'” got the gong. (Those of you born in the 70s got that.)

After the first episode – which gave us textbook foreshadowing with its horrible ratings – I approached the show’s PR about doing an email Q&A with “Not Really Prince Harry” Matt Hicks. While the two posts I had made on the show were snarky I was kind to Mr. Hicks. He was kind of growing on me and he surely had the most interesting experience in this whole charade. I had asked him via social media if I could use his personal Instagram photos and he was very happy to oblige. Surely he would be allowed to answer five questions by email?

I told the US and UK press peeps what I wanted and some of the TV appearances I had made as well as publications I had been quoted in – just a little self-horn blowing so they would know pimping an interview to my 10k+ followers might help their failing ratings. Instead I was told “unfortunately Matt’s (sic) has a busy schedule, therefore we are unable to accommodate your request.” Hmm, his Twitter and Instagram sure didn’t make him seem busy. (Btw, a PR friend told me I might have gotten a different response if I had removed my snarky recaps before asking. Whatevs.)

As a consolation prize I was sent a press pack and told I could use the “syndicated” interview it contained. Instead of rubbing this massive fail of a show’s face in the dirt by cut and pasting that interview and interjecting it with LOLZ, I’ll just put the whole press pack here. Enjoy.

(Oh, and all the eps are now on Fox’s website. If you bother to watch the finale, tell me who won. Or not. Whatever.)

Prince Harry and The Mile-High Royal Road Trip


Warning: The following is a long, chatty memoir of my visit to the Warrior Games in 2013. If you want a real report and play-by-play of the event, you should check out Kelly’s blog. She’s better at that type of thing.

Prince Harry’s tour of the U.S. last May was exciting for everyone. I had taken a break from HWW a month before it was announced as I was feeling burnt out but quickly came back once Clarence House spilled the beans. He was hitting up DC, Colorado, NJ and NYC. It sounded epic.

Getting on a plane for real-life royal watching (unless it was something historic like a wedding) seemed ridiculous. But then my friend Kelly (@royalreview) and I started talking about it and it began to sound like fun. We did cover royals via blogs and Twitter and it was rare to have one visiting the states so extensively so… I agreed I would go to Colorado Springs for the Warrior Games if she did too. It was set.

At the time, my twitter feed was featured on the Royalist’s page at the Daily Beast. Since he wasn’t coming over to cover the events he agreed to let me be his boots on the ground in order to provide some social media input. Kelly also was dispatched for Celebuzz. Now we had real reasons to go!
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Sentebale and the Dorchester Hotel Collection

This past Wednesday (May 7th) Sentebale celebrated their 10th anniversary in a grand affair at the Dorchester Hotel Park Lane in London. Sentebale has done much good in the past decade. You can’t discount the difference Prince Harry and Prince Seesio have made in the lives of Lesotho youth. And now Harry is looking to expand their work to impoverished youth in other countries. (He recently took a private trip to Botswana apparently to scout out opportunities for Sentebale to do work there.)

Sentebale is especially remarkable as it is Harry’s own charity. It’s part of a royal’s job description to participate in and be patrons of charities. But you can see his true dedication to his when he goes above and beyond such as walking to the South Pole with Walking With The Wounded. Or, in this case, founding his own organization at the tender age of 20. He deserves praise and respect for that. However, I’ve been disappointed as of late with some choices this organization has made in terms of whose support they accept.

I wrote last fall about Harry attending a dinner in honor of Sentebale hosted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumwas, vice-president and prime minster of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Dubai does not a have great record for human rights or equality for women. I imagine the $1 million the Sheikh raised for Sentebale provided little consolation for the victims of sexual assault who have been treated with injustice and cruelty by the UAE’s government.

This week, Sentebale’s celebration party was held at a Dorchester hotel. The Dorchester Collection of hotels has recently become the focus of an international boycott including support from many notable celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Sir Richard Branson. The boycott stems from the company’s financial ties to Brunei’s finance ministry. Its sultanate has recently enacted severe Sharia law in his nation. Cruel punishments such as public stoning for “crimes” like homosexuality and adultery are now in play in Brunei. It is a horrible violation of basic human rights.

Now it is quite possible (and likely) that the Sentebale party was booked long before this boycott began. However, I think it would behoove the organization to speak publicly about their involvement and the crimes being committed by Brunei. It is difficult to stomach such a noble charity remaining silent while others, such as Richard Branson whose family has been close to both Princes Harry and William since they were children, stand up and demand justice. In fact, Branson said “No @Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights.” And Sentebale can say nothing?

This reminds me of the public outcry over the apparent hypocrisy of Harry and William launching new Tusk Trust initiatives days after returning from a hunting trip. Shortly after, a (very old) photo of Harry standing proudly over a dead wildebeest was released to more outrage. Granted, both of those hunting trips were perfectly legal but so was elephant hunting when William’s forefathers first took to Africa, helping lead to the animal’s current precarious status. For them to make no comment on people’s outrage at the contrast of their actions versus their words was disheartening.

I believe Harry and his brother are good people at heart and absolutely use their positions to do good work. But when they stay silent while people criticize them for seemingly hypocritical actions, it detracts from their good efforts. It smacks of privilege and the ability to pick and choose your concerns. Accepting money – or in the case of the party at the Dorchester – giving money to people and countries who commit human rights violations ultimately goes against the very wrongs Sentebale is trying to right.

So what say you, HRH? Do you care about the public’s concerns and anger or can we only expect you to continue to have a tin ear to injustices that don’t fit into your own agenda?