“Even a palace can be a prison”, says a young Princess Victoria in The Young Victoria film from 2009 as she walks along the fence of Kensington Palace. Being born royal, or even with money, can be a burden as Women of Means proves.
Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls by Marlene Wagman-Geller is not quite as filled with royals as the title may suggest, but the other chapters are by no means less interesting. Many of these women lived their lives caught between distrust and wanting to be loved. Yet, they would never know if the love was real or solely for their money. It seems like a horrible place to be in.
The book is well-written and includes many different women. Overall, I’d highly recommend it.