The Two Sides Of Royalty

It is the year 1910, and Jane May has been arranged to be married to the Duke of Dorset on her 16th birthday. She understands that this experience will change her life forever, changing her status from a normal teenager in the 19th century to the Duchess of Dorset, but she wants the best of both worlds: to keep her 2 year relationship with her lover, Edward, but at the same time, to marry William. She has wanted royalty from a young age, but knows that by marrying the Duke, she will not be able to see Edward.
Unfortunately, she does not have the choice to decide the path of her life, and so life of a Duchess begins. She adores the privacy, William, and the expensive dresses she receives, but she also has to keep her secret: sneaking out to see Edward. As her life as the Duchess of Dorset goes on, she finds that William is not the perfect Duke, or the prince of her dreams. He has some dark secrets too...

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3. Temptations

Although life as the new Duchess of Dorset is pleasurable and new and exciting, I am still tempted to sneak out of the palace and visit Edward in private, but that has proved impossible so far.

I have hardly had a second to myself without William around me, and if I do, I am surrounded by maids and servants, who would be sure to notice my disappearance, not to mention the number of guards guarding every possible entrance and exit around the entire palace, meaning I would have to be invisible or some kind of ghost to be able to sneak past.

I know that Edward would be waiting by the rose gardens a few minutes ride on horseback away from the palace every night, and he would be waiting alone, until the dead of night.

The feeling of knowing that he would be waiting alone until midnight, waiting for me, a girl who will never turn up, fills me with dread, but also gives me occasional spikes of confidence to take the risk of getting caught by the many guards to meet him. But in the end, my cowardice takes over, and I stay in the palace, surrounded by maids and servants, and wait for the day with the perfect chance to escape from the royalty, richness and chandeliers, and to be with him.

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