For those wondering what conversations take place behind closed doors at Kensington Palace, Princess Michael of Kent shed some light on the topic at the launch of her latest tome last night at Christies.
As friends including Stanley Johnson and Rula Lenska gathered to raise a glass in a toast to her new novel Quicksilver — the final volume of her Anjou trilogy, based on the real events of French royalty in the 15th century — the princess discussed some of the more colourful research she had had to undertake for the project. This involved researching on orgies in fifteenth century France, which led her to raise the subject with her husband Prince Michael of Kent and her son Lord Freddie Windsor:
‘I describe the orgies in intricate detail, and I said to my husband and my son “listen I’m reading all this stuff, this didn’t really happen did it? I mean, men don’t do this sort of thing?” They said “oh no, no, no” so I knew they did.’
Meanwhile those hoping the historical novels will be adapted for the small screen may be left disappointed. Although the royal had hoped to have Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes on board to do this, the wait could now prove too long. ‘He’s with NBC at the moment for the Golden Age and that’s his contract, so he can’t do anything else until then,’ she tells Miss Steerpike. ‘So will I wait that long? The Golden Age may go on as long as Downton.’
Still, a small delay is unlikely to do the project too much harm — after all the broadcasters may not yet be ready for such intricately detailed orgy scenes.