Story of A PrincessBook - 2001
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 Diana's closest friends and colleagues as they refute the suggestion that she was "unbalanced" before she met her future husband confirmation by a family member that Diana wanted to withdraw from the wedding only weeks before, as she learned more of her husband-to-be's secret relationships with other women the loaded implications of Diana's pre-wedding lunch with Camilla Parker Bowles, held, ironically, at the Ménage à Trois restaurant new witnesses to the traumatic early years of Charles and Diana's marriage, and the loneliness that lay behind Diana's spectacular public success interviews with senior royal officials, men and women who have never before shared their unique and objective views on the failure of the marriage the truth, at last, about the allegation that Diana suffered from borderline personality disorderthe shocking story of a smear campaign a world-exclusive interview with both James Hewitt and his mother, Shirley, including touching accounts of Hewitt's affair with Diana -- and why his family believed that the romance was considered "authorized" never-before-told details about Diana's "alternative family life" during the late 1980s -- the weekends she spent with the Hewitts even when James was away, and heartwarming stories of the close friendship she established with her surrogate mother-in-law, Shirley Hewitt completely new details of the "arrangement," widely accepted inside the royal household, between two couples -- Charles and Camilla, James and Diana -- and their week-on, week-off sharing of their country home the gruesome tactics of the paparazzi -- and the Palace's refusal to bar the "paps" from royal functions confirmation from her closest confidantes that Diana made nuisance phone calls to a married art dealer surprising revelations from those closely involved with Diana's charity work about how vindictive and spiteful she could be in her final years -- contrasted with a powerful account of her land mine crusade and her tender ministrations to victims the real reason the royal family remained at Balmoral after Diana's death -- and how the fear of angry mobs may have prompted a warning from Scotland Yard: their safety in London could not be guaranteed. 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.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2001.
Characteristics: xiv, 402 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.