Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Anne Glenconner (Read by)


**International Bestseller**

An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Lady Anne Glenconner--a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. As seen on Netflix's The Crown.

Lady Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Though the firstborn child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, who controlled one of the largest estates in England, as a daughter she was deemed the greatest disappointment and unable to inherit. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive the vipers of court life with her sense of humor intact.

A unique witness to landmark moments in royal history, Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, Lady Anne's life has encompassed extraordinary drama and tragedy. In Lady in Waiting, she will share many intimate royal stories from her time as Princess Margaret's closest confidante as well as her own battle for survival: her broken-off first engagement on the basis of her mad blood; her 54-year marriage to the volatile, unfaithful Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who left his fortune to a former servant; the death in adulthood of two of her sons; a third son she nursed back from a six-month coma following a horrific motorcycle accident. Through it all, Lady Anne has carried on, traveling the world with the royal family, including visiting the White House, and developing the Caribbean island of Mustique as a safe harbor for the rich and famous-hosting Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, and many other politicians, aristocrats, and celebrities.

With unprecedented insight into the royal family, Lady in Waiting is a witty, candid, dramatic, at times heart-breaking personal story capturing life in a golden cage for a woman with no inheritance.

Product Details

$34.00  $31.28
Hachette Books
Publish Date
March 24, 2020
5.8 X 1.1 X 5.5 inches | 0.4 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Lady Anne Glenconner was lady in waiting to Princess Margaret from 1971 until the Princess' death in 2002. She lives in Norfolk, England.


"Lady Anne Glenconner's life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy, and resilient survival."

-- "Tina Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

"I couldn't put it down. Funny and touching--like looking through a keyhole at a lost world."

-- "Rupert Everett"

"A remarkable memoir--containing, at last, a genuine portrait of Princess Margaret from one who knew her well. But this book is poignant too, and through the pages shine [Anne's] courage and good-humored acceptance of her demons and tragedies."

-- "Hugo Vickers, author of Elizabeth, The Queen Mother"

"This memoir of consorting with Princess Margaret and the royal family is remarkable."

-- "Sunday Times (London)"

"Lady in Waiting is a total hoot--I can't put it down."

-- "Daily Mail (London)"