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It’s open sea­son on the Royal Fam­ily who, let’s just say, have had a tur­bu­lant year. With bi­ogra­phies com­ing fast and fu­ri­ous, here are the ones from cred­i­ble monar­chy scribes and, there­fore, the ones to watch.

> Prince Philip: A Por­trait of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh

by In­grid

Se­ward (Oct. 1) This 320page tome from In­grid Se­ward, the ed­i­tor-in-chief of the U.K.’s Majesty magazine, prom­ises to ex­plain how Philip mod­ern­ized the monar­chy and “helped his young wife progress from be­ing a shy 21-year-old princess to the com­mand­ing monarch she is to­day.” Se­ward, who has writ­ten more than a dozen books on the Royal Fam­ily, first met the prince in the late ’70s and de­scribes him as a ma­cho multi-faceted per­son­al­ity.

> Find­ing Free­dom: Harry and Meghan and the Mak­ing of a Mod­ern Royal Fam­ily

by Omid Sco­bie and Carolyn Durand (Aug. 11) Billed as “the first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess’s life to­gether,” it is co-au­thored by Omid Sco­bie, the young, hip royal ed­i­tor for Harper’s Bazaar and ABC News, and Carolyn Durand, royal con­trib­u­tor for Oprah and Elle mag­a­zines, who have been “be­hind the scenes.”

> Bat­tle of Broth­ers: Wil­liam and Harry – the Friend­ship and Feuds

by Robert Lacey

(Oct. 20) Lacey is the fact-checker for the Emmy-win­ning Net­flix drama The Crown, so we can as­sume this is the de­fin­i­tive ac­count of the princes’ sib­ling bond – and ri­valry. With “un­ri­valled ac­cess to court life and im­pec­ca­ble sources,” it will put the age-old “heir and the spare” trope in his­tor­i­cal con­text.

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