The life story of Diana, Princess of Wales, at last is told in full. Here is the first complete, honest, and objective biography that shows all facets of this fascinating and enigmatic woman: her magic, her manipulations, her dazzling public persona, and her role inside the world's most exposed marriage. Drawn from years of research and dozens of interviews with friends and associates speaking on the record for the first time, and based on the groundbreaking four-hour ITV/The Learning Channel documentary series, Diana contains never-before-revealed detailed accounts and stunning insights, including
Featuring thirty-two rare and unfamiliar photographsincluding seven never before published -- Diana not only captures the princess as she was, but also places her story in the context of twenty years of frantic social and economic change. It will stand as the ultimate, and ultimately most enlightening, telling of Diana's extraordinary life.
Chapter One: Look At Me
With a light knock on the door, Lady Diana Spencer came into the office. She looked first at her feet, then towards the royal official who was now standing before her. It was obvious she had been crying. Would he mind if she asked him a delicate question? Of course not.
She hesitated for a moment and then asked whether he knew someone called Camilla Parker Bowles. He said yes immediately. He knew her as a friend of Prince Charles who was married to in officer in the Household Cavalry. He had met her several times; all the senior staff had.
Then Diana said in a quiet but serious voice that she had just asked the Prince of Wales whether he was in love with Camilla Parker Bowles. He had not said no. As the tears returned, but still looking him full in the face, she asked another question: 'What am I going to do?' The courtier had no idea what to say. In his years of royal service, no one had ever spoken to him like this. He wasn't alone. ...
Not another book about Princess Diana you may be saying. At least, that's what I thought when I saw the title, but when I read the reviews I reconsidered. Yes, there have been a multitude of books about this 30 something English woman, but most have been unadulterated and inaccurate drivel. If those in the know are to be believed this one comes closest to presenting the 'real' Diana and also puts her story in the context of Britain as a whole which went through many significant changes during this time period - much of which was due to the influence of the other famous British woman of the 1980s - Margaret Thatcher.
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Original in its reporting and surprising in its conclusions about the severity of Diana's mental-health problems, this is the smartest and most substantive biography ever written about Diana.
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