Fascinated by Royalty #Travel
The Irresistible Royal is book 4 and the last title in my Royal Affairs series released by Escape Publishing. The series has been very popular and I’ve gained a whole host of new readers—some of whom have told me that they picked up the titles because they’ve always loved stories connected with royalty. I know magazine editors clamour over the latest pictures of royals in order to sell editions, and with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel fast approaching, it seems fictitious royal romances have also had a surge in popularity. It’s made me wonder about why we have such a fascination with royalty.
My first thought is that our interest in the royals is inculcated from childhood as we soak up fairytales where the handsome prince rescues the damsel in distress, they fall in love and live happily ever after. There’s certainly no decline in the popularity of the Disney princesses, and the most recent real-life royal love stories of Mary and Frederik of Denmark, William and Kate and now of Harry and Meghan are compelling love stories of ordinary young women being catapulted into royal lifestyles.
We tend to dwell on all the glamorous aspects to royal lifestyle—no financial stress, no menial tasks to attend to, the ability to be a glamorous fashion icon and attend glitzy functions. I think it’s fabulous the royals can use their fame to help those in need through charity work, and can throw a spotlight onto important matters such as health issues, conservation and the environment. I recently met Prince Andrew when he was in Australia promoting opportunities for young entrepreneurs and I was impressed with his verve for his cause.
I confess to being swept up in the pomp and pageantry on my first trip to London with my family. I’d jokingly told the children that I’d take them to London to see Queen Elizabeth. As it turned out, on our very first morning in London we were purchasing our tickets for “Wicked” and were told that the queen’s carriage was about to pass down a street a block away. Well, we promptly paid for those tickets and sprinted down to the street with the kids. Much to my delight, we saw the queen on her way to the Trooping of the Colours. We didn’t realise that Prince Charles and Princess Anne were on horses immediately behind the carriage but we did see Prince William and Camilla riding together in a carriage. The colours of all the different regiments and seeing the royals symbolised England to me and I loved being immersed in the parade.
In writing royal romances, it was important to me to show the emotions of the characters—that these royal princes, princesses, kings and queens feel love and loss just as deeply as we ordinary people do. I also wanted to acknowledge that whilst royals have certain privileges, they also have important responsibilities and that they can do so much good through their famous profiles.
I hope you enjoy the Royal Affairs series!
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Apart from her writing and work, Alyssa's favourite pastimes include cheering her very sporty children on from the sidelines, travelling with the family, reading, entertaining, gardening and playing tennis. She and her family live south of Sydney on a five acre property in the hills that they share with a dog, three horses, seven goats, numerous chickens and visits from deer, wallabies, echidnas and beautiful native birds.