Penny Junor

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Penny Junor (born 6 October 1949) is an English journalist and author.


Born in Leatherhead, Surrey, Junor was educated at the independent Benenden School in Kent and read History at St Andrews University, but left in her second year to get married.[1]


Junor has worked for the Evening Standard and a column for Private Eye lasted five years.[1]

Best known for her books on the British Royal Family, she has written biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales (1982) and Charles, Prince of Wales (1987 and 1998), and Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage (1991). The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor followed in 2005. Her work on the Waleses "alienated" both of them and she reportedly considers the experience the worst of her career.[2] She has also written and had published a book titled Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King. This biography of Prince William ends with his marriage to Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.

Junor's other books include works on Margaret Thatcher (1983), actor Richard Burton (1986), John Major (1993) and Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me (2007), the co-authored memoir of Pattie Boyd a former wife of both musicians. Junor assisted Sir Cliff Richard in writing the number one best selling My Life, My Way which sold over 250,000 copies (2008) and Shaun Ellis with his book The Man Who Lives with Wolves (2009).


The newspaper editor John Junor was her father and her brother Roderick is a former leader writer for The Daily Telegraph and speechwriter for Mrs Thatcher. Junor is married to the ex-restaurateur James Leith (the brother of Prue). She has 4 children with her husband and their eldest son is the journalist Sam Leith. Her father was the subject of Home Truths: Life Around My Father (2002), an unflattering account. She presented the television consumer programme 4 What It's Worth from 1982 to 1984, and The Travel Show for nine years.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Natalie Graham "Fame & Fortune: Royal biographer lived the real Good Life", The Times, 5 June 2005
  2. ^ Emma Daly "Media families; 8. The Junors", The Independent, 7 April 1997