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The BBC's Nick Higham
"The Beckhams are the new royalty"
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Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Spicy book angers star couple
David and Victoria Beckham
Celebrity couple always in the spotlight
An unauthorised biography of David and Victoria Beckham is in the bookshops despite the couple's efforts to ban it.

Posh & Becks: A Marriage is written by the royal writer Andrew Morton. Publication has gone ahead only after a secret legal deal was reached.

The book is based on interviews with the Beckhams' former minder, Mark Niblett.

He claims the Manchester United star and his pop star wife are obsessed with fame despite trying to present an image of being an "ordinary couple".

Legal action

In August lawyers for the Beckhams took action to prevent publication of the book. They dropped the effort when an undisclosed settlement was agreed.

The case centred on one particular chapter - 200 words of which have been cut - based on Mr Niblett's interviews with Andrew Morton.

Lawyers for the Beckhams said the couple's former minder had signed a confidentiality agreement with them before he left the job.

Despite their high-profile lifestyle Mr Beckham, 25, and his 26-year-old wife guard access to their private life, and in particular their son, Brooklyn.

Mr Morton, whose book about Princess Diana made him a millionaire, conducted several interviews for the book.

Brooklyn and Victoria Beckham
Brooklyn's privacy is closely guarded
Most controversially the book alleges that David Beckham made up a story that a fan tried to kidnap Brooklyn outside Harrods.

Lawyers for the Beckhams issued a statement denying the claim.

"It is nonsense to suggest that the incident involving Brooklyn outside Harrods was made up,'' they said

Publication of the 224-page book coincides with the release of David Beckham's autobiography entitled My Story.

Beckham's book focuses mainly on his relationship with the world of pop music and fashion. It also describes his frequently stormy relations with fans and the football authorities.

In addition to his books about Princess Diana, Mr Morton collaborated with Monica Lewinsky about her relationship with US President Bill Clinton.

Both books are crammed with glossy colour pictures and look destined to be bestsellers as Christmas shopping begins in earnest.

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