What We Are Reading Today: ‘Grace: Her Lives, Her Loves’ by Robert Lacey

Updated 25 April 2018

What We Are Reading Today: ‘Grace: Her Lives, Her Loves’ by Robert Lacey

  • Grace Kelly was at the height of her fame when she was introduced to Prince Rainier of Monaco
  • Meghan Markle is not the first actress to bag a royal prince for a husband

With excitement building over the forthcoming royal wedding in Britain, it is easy to forget that Meghan Markle is not the first actress to bag a royal prince for a husband. 

In 1955, 25-year-old American actress and film star Grace Kelly was at the height of her fame, with an Oscar to her name, when she was introduced to Prince Rainier of Monaco during the Cannes Film Festival. 

They began writing to each other, and though they met only a few times, when Rainier proposed eight months later Kelly accepted. 

In April 1956, the film star became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, with 140 other titles. 

Their wedding in the tiny principality on the Mediterranean was watched by an estimated 30 million television viewers, perhaps the first “celebrity” event to command mass audiences. 

The marriage was not entirely happy. It was said that she mourned the loss of her film career, and felt stifled by the limitations of royal life. In 1982, she was killed after she suffered a stroke while driving. 

“Grace: Her Lives, Her Loves,” by respected royal historian Robert Lacey, is a well-researched and illuminating account of a woman who gave up acting but ended up playing the biggest role of her life.


What We Are Reading Today: The Less People Know About Us

Updated 21 October 2019

What We Are Reading Today: The Less People Know About Us

Author: Axton Betz-Hamilton

In this true crime memoir, an award-winning identity theft expert tells the shocking story of the duplicity and betrayal that inspired her career and nearly destroyed her family.
The Less People Know About Us is Axton Betz-Hamilton’s attempt to untangle an intricate web of lies, and to understand why and how a loved one could have inflicted such pain.
Axton “presents a candid, shocking, and redemptive story and reveals her courageous effort to grapple with someone close that broke the unwritten rules of love, protection, and family,” said a review in goodreads.com.
Melanie Thernstrom said in a review for The New York Times that the book “is intimate and engrossing but can also have a claustrophobic, cluttered feel in its thicket of details. As many memoirs do, it includes experiences that were personally formative but are extraneous to the narrative.”
The Less People Know About Us was written in collaboration with Ashley Stimpson, a talented freelance journalist and professional ghostwriter who describes herself as a “story surrogate,” said the review.