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Charlie Jacoby has been a writer and expert on the royal family for more than 20 years. He has been a broadcaster on the royal family since the Queen Mother's funeral in 2002.
In 2005, the BBC gave him the job as principal presenter's friend, working with presenter Simon McCoy, for BBC TV News during the wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles, broadcasting live from Windsor. View two clips: 3.8Mb wmv file or 17.2Mb avi file / 3.9Mb wmv file or 20.3Mb avi file
Other jobs for the BBC as royal expert in the last year include Radio Five Live, Asian Network, Radio Wales and local stations.
Charlie is a versatile broadcaster. He has taken part in a live debate for BBC Breakfast about royal butlers; given live comment from St James's Palace to BBC News 24 television and BBC World television from St James's Palace, again about the royal butler scandal; was presenter's friend during the two-hour Golden Jubilee celebrations show from Buckingham Palace for BBC Radio Five Live with Jane Garvey; and has made a pre-recorded "expert" package answering viewer's questions for BBC News 24.
Charlie started writing about the royal family in 1986, when he joined Berkswell publishing and started writing for its annual publication Berkswell's The Royal Year. In 1989, he became deputy editor of that magazine. He also wrote feature articles for syndication agent Camera Press at that time.
In 1989, he ghostwrote the UK top-ten bestselling non-fiction book Queen Mother: The Lichfield Selection and, in 1990, he ghostwrote the UK top-ten bestselling non-fiction book Elizabeth R: The Lichfield Selection, both for Transworld Doubleday. In 1990, he started writing for Nigel Dempster, Majesty magazine and Royalty Monthly.
In 1992, he wrote The Royal Family Almanac for Lochar Publishing. In 1993, he became features editor for picture agency JS Library International, run by royal rota photographer John Shelley and which specialised in royal stories.
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