Back in the dark ages before Power Point, an expert was someone with a slide presentation on a Kodak Carousel projector. The costs and time needed to produce slides provided added credibility to whatever drivel was projected on the screen or was mouthed by the so-called expert.
These days, an "expert" is anyone with an opinion, a shred of gossip, and a forum (24-hours news channel, blog, letter to some editor, etc.). It takes merely a title on the screen under a person's name.
Like mushrooms after rain in the forest, "royalty experts" have been sprouting up around the world. "What sets a royal expert apart from you, me, and a particularly backward gatepost?" ask Marina Hyde in the Guardian. Some have overheard snatches of conversation among people who might or might not have been in some club at the same time as Kate or William or one of their siblings or servants. Some have read an article somewhere and spun that worthless information in prime-time gold. No one with real information ever speaks with the press, so all speculation becomes news. Repetition can turn any gossip into the Truth about the wedding, the royal family, or individual players.
Then again, who cares?
But some must, or rather, a whole bunch of people must. Because these "experts" are paid to spout drivel. And, they mouth off about other topics. What the hell is a society expert? Now that is some real-life alchemist, able to turn crap into money.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.