The author, Malcolm J. Barker, once an official at Buckingham Palace, tells of below-stairs drinking and debauchery, servant-inspired political gaffes, and the often not-so-royal behavior of the Royals themselves. He recounts story after story, such as:
.The time drunken footman tripped the Queen on her private staircase and sent her sprawling
.The incident of a vengeful fired junior servant baring his buttocks to the queen of Saudi Arabia
.The hiring of a convicted necrophiliac as a footman
.Prince Andrew's porno-star girlfriend being hustled out of the palace after calling the Queen an "old Bag"
.The Queen Mother, apoplectic during a state banquet because her footstool was missing, completely unaware that it was just a few feet away, being used as padding in a tryst between a housekeeper and a senior official.
The author says that in exposing Buck Pal's wild inside world, he hoped to perform a service by inspiring a major revision of the running of the Royal Household. The Queen didn't see it that way and had his book banned in Britain. She is suing him and attempting to put a lien on the book's profits.
Very entertaining and enlightening. I wouldn't want that life.