Sometimes the tone of the book, which has royal approval, comes straight from the pages of Hello!, but overall Kelly has pulled off a remarkable feat of diplomacy: writing about her employer without causing offence, yet without being syrupy. She even feels able to play tricks on her employer. For a trip to Australia, she presented the Queen with a hat decorated with dangling corks. The Little Princesses, the first insider account of royal life, was published in 1950 by Marion Crawford, who had been governess to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. She was evicted from her grace-and-favour home, and the royal family never spoke to her again. How times change.