Diana : Her True Story Hardcover – 1992
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An intimate portrait of the Princess of Wales describes her public and private life, reveals details about her marital problems, and discusses her attitudes toward motherhood, public service, and more. 250,000 first printing. Lit Guild Feat Alt. First serial, People.
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Prince Charles was clearly the villain in the relationship as much of his behavior has been confirmed in the media since her death. His refusal to discontinue his relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles speaks for itself. How anyone could pick CPB over Diana in unfathomable. What was never addressed was what Andrew Parker-Bowles thought about the relationship between his wife and Prince Charles. Both Camilla and Charles denied there was a relationship. What a crock.
The book provides a great back-story to Princess Diana's untimely death. But there is no prediction about an impending car accident as Diana's Butler Paul Burrell now claims. However she did make a haunting prediction in 1992 on page 220 that did come true, "I am performing a duty as the Princess of Wales ... but I don't see it any longer than 15 years."
A good introduction to someone who knows nothing about Diana.
This is an interesting read on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and about as close as anyone ever got to writing an authorized biography of her life. Only a few years after her death was it revealed that Diana, indeed, made audiotape interviews of herself spilling the Windsor's secrets and passed them to Morton through a third party (so he could never say he interviewed her).
The pictures are very interesting and the information on the state of Charles's and Diana's marriage were indeed juicy.
A great read.
The factual aspects of the book are good and have good details about Princess Diana. I did like getting a behind-the-scenes look at her life and story.
Now, I understand that when a person dies the contractual silence agreements are void; however, I don't think that justifies the way this book was written. I do understand that Andrew Morton has a need to make money, but is it ethical for him to take the information she gave to him in confidence and splash it across this book while judging her? She clearly expressed that she did NOT want to be named as a source, so his solution was to wait until her death to do so?
Yes, it is stated in the book indirectly that practically everyone knew that she was the source, but was there a need to confirm it and judge her while doing so?
I thought when I bought this book that it would be an objective piece that would illustrate how she viewed her own life (e.g. from interviews or things she wanted the public to know she said). I didn't appreciate the author's judgements of her and his comments about her personality. It was almost as if he had turned against her after she had died so that he could sell more books.
Just goes to show that you shouldn't let the press in too close.
I will probably end up reading the first version of this book which is closer to what Princess Diana would have wanted us to see while she was alive.
When this book was published in 1992, it was dismissed by the establishemnt as being a pack of lies, but ultimately they, and the public too, discovered that it wasn't when Charles admitted his infidelity with the redoubtably ugly and gauche Camilla Parker Bowles, and when, in her astonishingly frank Panorama interview, Diana candidly shared the harrowing details of her eating disorder, bulimia.
This book succeeded on many levels. It certainly exposed the shocking truth about the Royal marriage and portrayed the Royal Family, for the first time ever, not as cherished icons but as ordinary individuals with more than their share of character defects (and this means Diana, too!) But it ultimately succeeded in its portrayal of an immature twenty year old girl, who won the hearts of the world when she kissed the Prince, only to have him become a toad, to the beautiful, compassionate symbol of kindness, caring, and humanity that she was when she was so tragically snatched away from the world. For it was the publication of this book that enabled Diana to seek a new life for herself, and in doing so she developed the character traits that enabled us all to fall in love her, this time more completely, again and again and again.
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she was doomed from the beginning a immature teenager infatuated with an older man who married her to have heirs while still having anaffair with the other woman . Read morePublished 3 months ago by marianne robinson
loved this book price was right, love reading about Diana, amazon prices are usually good and the service is excellent.Published 6 months ago by Beverly
I have read many parts of this book before in other editions but it reveals more of the person Diana was and her many struggles.Published 17 months ago by MCH
Diana is my most favourite person in the world. What happened to her was very tragic! She was so young when she married Charles (the 2 timing swine) and wasn't really sure what... Read morePublished 17 months ago by BJ
I received the book but it had a different cover on it and i wanted the one it showed in ad for the book.I wanted the one showing above herePublished 23 months ago by laurie coopersmith
When I opened the package the book came in, it smelled like it had been in a basement for the last 20 years. The jacket on the book had some kind of sticky black substance on it. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2014 by Louise