Patrick Jephson was born and raised in Ireland. He has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Cambridge University. After ten years as an officer in the Royal Navy he was selected to join the Royal Household, serving for eight years as Equerry and as the first and only Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to Diana, Princess of Wales. He was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for personal service to the Sovereign.
His work for Princess Diana involved daily working contact with British and foreign officials at all levels up to and including head of state. He organised Diana’s international visits and journeyed with her all over the world to destinations such as the USA, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Some of these experiences are recalled in his book Portraits of a Princess: Travels with Diana.
He also managed the Princess’ relations with a wide range of British institutions including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Parliament, the City, police and security services, the BBC, ITN, Fleet Street and the film and entertainment industries. In addition he controlled the Princess’ links with the voluntary sector and wrote the majority of her speeches, messages, forewords and public correspondence.
He then spent eighteen months as a senior consultant at Lowe Bell Communications before leaving, on Princess Diana’s death, to write his account of life in royal service.
His first book Shadows of a Princess (a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller) was reviewed as “the most indelible and authentic portrait of the people’s princess.” It was updated and published again in 2017, the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Patrick’s latest book is The Meghan Factor: A Royal Expert’s Insight on America’s New Princess and How She Could Change the Windsor Dynasty Forever.
Patrick Jephson’s articles on a range of subjects have appeared in appeared in American, British and European publications including The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Sun, The Spectator, Hello!, Majesty, People, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bild am Sonntag, Stern and France Soir. His writing has also been syndicated in Poland, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
As writer and presenter of TV documentaries, as contributor to current affairs programmes worldwide and as a discriminating writer on royal affairs, he has a unique ability to decode the messages hidden in the official communiqués, in the palace spin – and in the tabloid gossip.
Patrick regularly contributes to documentaries on all aspect of the royal family. His broadcasting credits also include:
Writer and/or presenter: Diana, In Her Own Words (Channel 4) Battle of the Palaces series produced by Brook Lapping for Channel 4 and A&E Channel (US); Travels with Diana produced by ITN for Channel 5. Associate Producer: Surviving Katrina for the Discovery Channel. Consultant: Can’t Take it With You BBC2; Diana’s Court ITN; Royal Finances BBC2; Di’s Guys ITV.
His broadcasting credits include:
Writer and presenter: Battle of the Palaces series (2003), produced by Brook Lapping for Channel 4 and A&E Channel (US); Travels with Diana (2005), produced by ITN Factual for Channel 5. Associate Producer: Surviving Katrina (2006) for the Discovery Channel. Consultant: Can’t Take it With You (2003) BBC2; Diana’s Court (2003) ITN; Royal Finances (2003) BBC2; Di’s Guys (2004) ITV.
Contributor to numerous other news and current affairs across US and UK networks programmes including Newsnight BBC; 20/20; The View; Good Morning America ABC; This Morning ITV; Real Story BBC; 48 Hours; The Early Show CBS; Tonight with Trevor McDonald ITV; HardTalk BBC; Breakfast with Frost BBC; Dateline NBC; Larry King Live CNN; Richard & Judy Channel 4; The Money Programme BBC; Topic A with Tina Brown CNBC; Panorama BBC; Arena BBC; Sky News; CNN Reports; The One Show BBC; The Diana Years Sky; The Today Programme, Five Live, Broadcasting House (BBC Radio) and documentaries in the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France and Germany.
His speeches on royalty are tailored to reflect topical events and have been well received by prestigious audiences in Britain, Canada and the USA. As an organiser recently commented:
“Your presentation before the spouses of U.S. Members of Congress was one of the highlights of the event, and they have been singing your praises ever since. Your description of your long service to the late Princess of Wales was done with great taste and affection, and your discreet insights into Palace life and royal travel were fascinating.”
Patrick is currently working on a variety of publishing and television projects in the UK, USA and Australia. A qualified private pilot, he has recently added travel writing to his portfolio of work.
He is married to Mary Jo Jacobi who was an advisor to Presidents Reagan and Bush. They have homes in London and the USA.