Born and raised in Ireland, Patrick has a masters degree in Political Science from Cambridge University. Commissioned into the Royal Navy, he served at sea and ashore all over the world before being selected for duty in the Royal Household. For eight years he was Equerry and the first and only Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to HRH The 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 contact with officials at all levels up to head of state. He organised Diana’s public duties and journeyed with her to destinations on five continents encountering personalities as diverse as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, President George H W Bush, Mother Teresa, Luciano Pavarotti and the Emperor of Japan.
After Princess Diana’s death he took up full-time writing, his first book Shadows of a Princess becoming a New York Times bestseller. He has subsequently written widely for newspapers and magazines and contributed to leading TV programmes on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also in regular demand as a conference and motivational speaker to influential audiences in the USA, Europe and Middle-East.
A Freeman of the City of London and a qualified private pilot, his portfolio now includes media consultancy as well as corporate, on-line and travel writing. Brands and clients have included AirPartner, Beretta, Dubai Marketing, the European Azerbaijan Society, Ferrari, Harrods, Hawker Beechcraft, Holst Associates, Independent Decisionmakers Group, Jet Republic, Kendall Group, Luxury Marketing Council, Luxuria, Metamorphosis, PrivateFly, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Ritz, Family Office Advisors, and White Concierge.
Patrick is married to Mary Jo Jacobi, formerly special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce to President George H W Bush and Civil Service Commissioner to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Articles and Features on a range of subjects have appeared in many British and European publications including 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, Radio Times, Hello!, Majesty, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bild am Sonntag, Stern and France Soir - many have been syndicated.
News and current affairs
- Newsnight (1997) BBC (UK)
- 20/20 (1997, 2000, 2011) ABC (US)
- The View (2000) ABC (US)
- Good Morning America (2000) ABC (US)
- This Morning (2003) ITV (UK)
- Real Story (2003) BBC (UK)
- 48 Hours (2004) CBS (US)
- Breakfast with Frost (2004) BBC (UK)
- HardTalk (2004) BBC (UK)
- Dateline (2004, 2011) NBC (US)
- Tonight with Trevor McDonald (2000, 2005) ITV (UK)
- Larry King Live (2004, 2005, 2006) CNN (US)
- Panorama (2005) BBC (UK)
- Arena (2005) BBC (UK)
- Topic A with Tina Brown (2005) CNBC (US)
- Sky News (2006) (UK)
- CNN Reports (2006) (US)
- Richard and Judy (2004, 2006) ITV (UK)
- The First Show (2007) BBC (UK)
- The Early Show (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) CBS (US)
- The Today Programme, Five Live, Broadcasting House (BBC Radio)
Documentaries & Drama
- Battle of the Palaces series (2003), Channel 4 (UK) and Arts & Entertainment (US)
- Can’t Take it With You (2003) BBC2 (UK)
- Royal Finances (2003) BBC2 (UK)
- Travels with Diana (2005),ITN Factual for Channel 5 (UK)
- The Money Programme (2005) BBC (UK)
- Surviving Hurricane Katrina (2006) for the Discovery Channel (US)
- The Diana Years (2007) Sky (UK)
- The Palace (2008) ITV (UK)
- The Royal Air Force at 90 (2008) BBC (UK)
- What Really Happened (2009) Channel 4 (UK)
- A Royal Romance (2009, 2011) ABC (Australia)
- The Queen (2009), Channel 4 (UK)
- Consultant to feature film and documentary projects in Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Italy and Germany.