Headline acquired Courtiers: the power hidden behind the crown speak Times’ royal correspondent Valentine Low.

Senior editor Fiona Crosby has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Toby Mundy at Aevitas. North American rights were acquired by Charles Spicer, editor of St Martin’s Press. courtiers will be released in hardcover, e-book and audiobook on September 29, 2022.

Low has been reporting on the royal family for over 25 years. courtiers is his first book on the British monarchy and will reveal who advises the royal family, how they shaped history and what influence they have today.

“Throughout history, the British monarchy has relied on its courtiers – the trusted advisers of the King or Queen’s inner circle – to ensure its survival as a family, an ancient institution and a pillar of the constitution. “, reads the synopsis. “Today, as always, a vast team of people out of sight lead the Royal Family’s path between public duty and private life. The Queen, after 70 distinguished years of service, enters the final season of her reign without her husband Philip to guide her.Meanwhile, Charles seeks to define what his future will be as king, with his court wielding ever greater influence as he plans for his impending accession.

“The question of who is responsible for guiding the Royal Family has never been more vital and yet the task facing these courtiers has never been more difficult. With a cloud hanging over Prince Andrew as well as the Harry and Meghan’s departure from royal life, the complex relationship between modern courtiers and royal managers has been exposed to global scrutiny.”

Croby said: “courtiers will be essential reading for anyone interested in the forces behind the British monarchy. Valentine is both a talented journalist and a gifted storyteller, so we are delighted that he has chosen Headline as his publishing house.”

Low added: “As a royal correspondent, I have spent years observing the public face that the royal family presents to the world. But I have also seen the influence wielded by the people behind the scenes, the hidden advisers who help make the monarchy what it is today.As we head towards the end of the Queen’s long and illustrious reign, this book will answer the question: Who’s really running the show? Who sets the agenda and what happens next?