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The Real Diana [Kindle Edition]

Lady Colin Campbell
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Royal insider Lady Colin Campbell was the first to predict the Waleses' separation and divorce, in her international bestseller, Diana in Private. People magazine said of it: 'Some Palace watchers note that she has an impressive roster of well-placed contacts and credit her with writing the most believable Diana biography'; while Lynn Barber, in the Daily Telegraph, called it 'Jaw-droppingly sensational'. The Real Diana contains startling new revelations about Diana which Lady Colin Campbell has unearthed since Diana's tragic death, including new theories on her death itself. The Real Diana is based on 35 interviews with Princess Diana conducted by Lady Colin Campbell - and for the first time Lady Colin Campbell names her Royal sources. 'Diana said that she wanted me to write the truth about her life 'because I feel as if the whole fairy tale is crushing whatever's left of the real me...If you'd just write about the real Diana, it would make all the difference.' NEWLY UPDATED in 2013 with an Afterword that reveals Lady Colin's insights into the inquest into Diana's death, the years that have followed, and the birth of Prince George.

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'Britain is buzzing about THE REAL DIANA' -- Victoria Mather, The Early Show, CBS News, 29 November 2004

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I was struck by readers' comments about the US edition of The Real Diana, published by St Martins in 1998. Arcadia has just published an updated, revised UK edition (late 2004) which was front-page news (Mail on Sunday) and which made headlines around the world including the US. Time has moved on since 1998 and, in many readers' eyes, Diana is seen as less of a saint these days. I find it hard to believe that Lady Colin Campbell's book would have received such considerable media coverage without a real basis in the truth of her story. Let's also not forget that her first book Diana in Private was attacked by the media on publication - and then that the veracity of her book was later widely acknowledged. Sometimes, of course, it is hard to see that our heroines have feet of clay.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well sourced information. 14 Jun. 2012
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The Real Diana is not what is expected. As a Diana worshipper who cried buckets at her funeral,I was interested in the multi faceted personality of this iconic woman. This book tells another story completely. The sourcing for each statement is impeccable, and so I am inclined to believe it. It is sympathetic to her 'difficulties', but shows a cunning and quite ruthless woman. The cover-ups and distortions make sense too. I still love the memory of her, but it is a fairer description than the innocent, naive woman we grew to love.
A good read if you like all things royal. Recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm 12 Mar. 2014
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I’ve just finished reading the Kindle edition of The Real Diana, and the fact that I actually got from cover to cover indicates to me that this book is not all THAT bad. It’s worth a read. However, there is so much not to like. Tone is one thing. For the first 30% of this book, the author repeats variations of ‘mentally ill’ so often that when she attempts to say anything nice about Diana it comes across as damning with faint praise. I’m glad I kept reading. At just past 50%, she outlines her connections and qualifications for writing, which might have been on the hardback book jacket, but would have made much more sense near the front of a Kindle book. The same coterie is quoted over and over ad nauseam throughout, so surely we now know who the author’s close friends are. No matter how it was actually written, this book reminded me vaguely of my grandmother, seated at a small writing desk, capturing her innermost thoughts for posterity on vellum paper with a fountain pen—it is of another time and place…and class, as the author is so quick to point out. It’s a gossipy book, which I have to say I enjoyed, taking everything I read with a grain of salt. I didn’t know Diana. She was unreal to me in life, and is more so in death, so I have no way of knowing whether anything written here is real or true, and much of this story we will never know. This is one woman’s opinion, the author’s, and she has strong views (both pro and con) about certain people which she does not hesitate to share. She does attempt to be fair to her subject in her own unique way. However, without knowing anything about anything, I can say there are some moments in this book where the author goes seriously wrong. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very,very good. 27 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
diana fans will hate this book. however, it clearly explains quoting doctors how ill diana was for many years. yes, she could be lovely and at times a real bitch too. all due to mental illness. whoever she'd married, the outcome would've the same. this book merely explains the hell behind closed doors. dians fans will hate some parts because they loved her so much but the truth can hurt. i believe that lady colin has written a good, well researched book. 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 27 Mar. 2014
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I read this book very quickly as I couldn't put it down. It certainly has the ring of truth all through it and although the author points out Diana's deficiencies in her character, it's not a character assassination by any means. Diana comes across as flawed (as are we all) and the tone of the book remains fairly affectionate.

I for one was never convinced by "Saint" Diana. When I read Andrew Morton's book it had the opposite effect on me than it was meant to. I felt extremely sorry for Prince Charles and thought that Diana sounded murder to live with. However, one couldn't help but like her and that seems to be the essence of this book. Diana was a very flawed personality but a likable one nevertheless.

The account of the fatal car crash is extensive and lucid. It is summed up as just an accident (conspiracy theories investigated and denounced), possibly caused in part by the air bag going off in the driver's face seconds before the crash. I hadn't heard that before and it certainly sounds plausible. And the big if only. If only Diana had been wearing a seat belt.

A very enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not the best. 2 Sept. 2014
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Well, I read this book to the end. The positive bit is that it gave some previously unknown to me information I am inclined to believe (like Diana's many love affairs and terminated pregnancy) simply because it makes more sense that the whiter-than-white Saint Diana.

I am also leaning towards the thought that Diana was indeed mentally unstable, after reading several books that all described her disturbing behaviour and mood shifts, as well as her rages, suspicions, depressions and bulimia.

The negative is that the book is not very well structured. The author spends a lot of time claiming her unique knowledge and connections, which is fine if it doesn't take too much space.

I wasn't impressed with the author's analyses of the last stages of Diana's life either. She claims that Diana finally became the confident healthy woman she had always wanted to be. I think her affair with Dodi and her behaviour with the press, as well as the fact that she ended up increasingly isolated suggest the opposite.

In my view Sally Bedell-Smith has written a much better account of Diana's life.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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After reading Real Diana I definitely feel that I now have a better insight into what made the ultimately beautiful, unforgettable, tragic Diana tick. Throughout reading it I feel it afforded me the absolute priviledge of stepping into her life and experiencing all the pain and glory from her perspective. While the book is quick to capitalise on Diana's human failings above all else it lets Diana's natural goodness and charisma shine through.
No-one reading this book can deny that Diana loved Charles deeply and anything she did... the tantrums, the affairs etc were her way of trying to gain his attention and win him back. I think it is also obvious from the book that Charles did indeed love Diana too and one is left feeling utterly heartbroken for the wonderful King and Queen we will never have! One is also left feeling that these two people could have had a long and glorious reign together to the utter delight and enchantment of the whole world if only they could have got the help and advise they so badly needed.
My only critism about the book is how the author blantly claims that Diana had an abortion on the heresay of "an Earl's daughter" since the author said that she cannot say that Diana was pregnant at the time of her death because there was no concrete evidence to support this fact then I feel that she should also have excercised this fairness of judgement regarding the abortion claim for which there is also no concrete evidence.
I would definitely recommend this book to any Diana fan...with the warning be prepared to reach the end page loving and missing her more than ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She is not bias in any way and that is why I enjoy everything she...
Lady Colin Campbell has a remarkable way of writing which embraces the two sides of a story. She is not bias in any way and that is why I enjoy everything she writes or has... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jenny C
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Diana
It is a good read although I am not sure I believe all of it. I have been reading other books about her so it was interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughy enjoyed this. It seems to be a warts and ...
Thoroughy enjoyed this. It seems to be a warts and all portrait of a complex and troubed woman. It seems that despite a life of enormous wealth, opportunity and priviledge, she was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gail
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting read .
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have no doubt this is the nearest to the truth you will ever read
Published 4 months ago by Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by P A Cherry
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, informative without any bias even though ...
An interesting read, informative without any bias even though Lady Colin Campbell must have a certain amount of inside information it answers many questions which were unanswered... Read more
Published 4 months ago by vee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book, it was well written by Lady Colin...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Such a sad individual constantly needing attention ..... Good
Published 6 months ago by Rosy573
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