Joan Smith is a British novelist and journalist, and a former chair of the Writers in Prison committee at International PEN. She is the author of five detective novels and several nonfiction books, including Misogynies, The Public Woman, and, most recently, Down with the Royals. (December 2017) 

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Britain’s Game of Thrones

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle in Nottingham, England, December 1, 2017

In an era of unbridled populism, however, personalities matter more than arguments. The current heir to the throne was jealous of his first wife, resenting the attention she got during public engagements; now he will have to accommodate a glamorous daughter-in-law trailing photographers and camera crews wherever she goes. Charles hasn’t spent years planning his coronation only to discover that the only question on anyone’s lips is “What will Meghan wear?”