Publisher: Pen and Sword
Pub date: 30 January 2020
Princess Charlotte was the daughter of Prince Regent and Caroline of Brunswick and was the heiress presumptive to the throne.
I’d always known Victoria wasn’t born as heir to the throne but I knew little about Princess Charlotte and how her life and death impacted the Royal family and provided Victoria with the throne.
After reading this I hold a deep sympathy for Princess Charlotte, her parents forever at war with each other made her a pawn in their fight.
Her father hated her mother and it appears Charlotte paid for it. The Prince Regent found Charlotte’s behaviour to be unacceptable and blamed her mother whilst her mother encouraged her to rebel and gain public opinion for them both against the Prince Regent.
This thoroughly researched insight in to Charlotte’s life shows how she faced one crisis after another, was kept practically a prisoner by her father and suffered ill health.
Princess Charlotte finally got a bout of happiness when she married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg but this was short-lived as she died 18 months later following a complicated childbirth, the baby being stillborn.
On her death her royal uncle’s were urged to marry as there was no longer an heir. One of these marriages produced Queen Victoria.
It’s such a heartbreaking history for a Princess who only lived for 21 years and for the most part struggled with her relationship with her parents.
It really makes you think what would have happened if she’d lived?
Absolutely fantastic research by the author which has given me a nudge to learn more about this era I’d never really looked in to.
It publishes next week so you can pre-order now
Thank you to NetGalley and Pen and Sword for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.