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on 30 October 2009
This book, based on Sarah Goodall's twelve years' worth of experience working as a 'Lady Clerk' for Prince Charles is an amusing read if you've an interest in the royals and their strange little ways. Sarah herself comes across as a 'Hooray Henrietta' type of person who likes to have a swift drink and a laugh, which is no bad thing but it ultimately leads to her downfall. The detailed accounts of her work, her undeniable hero-worship (which borders onto hagiography) of the Prince is slightly nauseating at times but she's tempers it with a self deprecating wit which belies her intelligence at times. Actually Sarah's fluffiness is fairly amusing at times and her naivety of believing that Sir Jimmy Saville could be the Princess of Wales's father is very funny indeed.
She does include a fair account of her love life during these twelve years which seem very busy indeed! I kept imagining a hoard of Gordon Gekko types as her `outsider' boyfriends as well as the fine, upstanding heterosexual members of staff she loved to hunt, which juxtaposes nicely with her time at Balmoral. She's clearly no fan of Diana, whom she refers to as either the `Bossette' or `The Nation's Number One Fashion Icon' mainly because her immense loyalty to the Prince makes her feel that way but she's a little inappropriate in what she thinks whilst standing by her coffin in my opinion. After her eventual dismissal from the Palace, she seeks an audience with her hero, the Prince, but there are cross wires and he believes that she's referring to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease! All in all, it's an easy book to read if you've an interest in such matters and it'll probably raise a smile or two during certain chapters.