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This review is from: The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor (Hardcover)
This is the first book I've read by Penny Junor and I'm pretty sure it'll be the last as my hope of an unbiased book about the Royal Family was definitely not fulfilled. It wasn't hard to see where this book was going from the get-go as for the first 120 or so pages this book centered on what I can only call Diana-bashing. Obviously not a fan of Diana's Penny Junor's book had more of a `We Love Charles' theme to it than anything else. Throughout Diana is cast as unstable, paranoid, selfish, jealous and vindictive and Prince Charles is portrayed as the over-worked, under-appreciated Heir to the Throne who can do no wrong. On the subject of Charles and Camilla this book has a theme also. While Diana is cast with the die of adulteress for her affairs, Ms Junor sees no wrong in the Heir to the Throne having an affair spanning most of his marriage to Diana. Personally I think more could have been done to integrate Diana into the family but Penny Junor is of the opinion she should have just gotten on with it.
Ms Junor was also quick to assassinate the character of the ex-employee involved in the `rape tape' investigation that gripped the Prince of Wales household not too long ago. She seems to have a knack of assassinating all the characters disloyal to Prince Charles. Interesting that! Ms Junor has also met Camilla and thinks she's the bees-knees so its obvious which side of the fence she's on, therefore killing off any chance of an unbiased book.
In the chapter about Paul Burrell the butler was slated for his betrayal of the Royal Family and in particular Princes William and Harry by the publication of his book `A Royal Duty'. I can't see the Princes being too enamored with Ms Junor calling their late mother unstable over and over again. And I mean over and over again. But she's cast Prince Charles as Mr Wonderful so I'm sure that'll help smooth things over next time she wants an interview.
What I did enjoy about this book is learning about the intricacies of how the inner workings of the palace has evolved over the years and what little could be learned about the rest of the Royal Family. But all in all I didn't read much that I didn't already know. All in all this was a disappointing and very biased book. I'm not Anti-Charles anymore than I'm Pro-Charles but going into this book I was hoping for two sides to every story.....all I got was the Pro-Charles side.