|" 'The Royals' is popular biography written by someone who hasn't met any of the main characters she describes, yet acts as if Charles lent her his private diary and the Queen beckoned her over to pick up the phone extension. In narrative terms, it is a work of tremendous brazenness: the more you know and were there, the more authoritative and jaunty your tone. Despite the distant sourcing, much of it is probably true, or truish, or not untrue; clippings seem to have been reliably transcribed. But those who hoped that the book would be like a royal mistress--flirty, flighty, zesty, yeasty--will be disappointed....'The Royals' has this basic use: that it is the repository of most of the rumors about the Royal Family which have accumulated over the decades. In that respect, it does a vague sort of public duty."