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4.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story, 27 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words (Kindle Edition)
I never read this book when it was first published despite outrage in Royal circles and deep hostility towards the book's author, Andrew Morton. It was only after Diana's death in August 1997 that it was republished 'in her own words' making it clear that the book had her full co-operation. She speaks about her unhappy childhood after her parents divorced and her father's remarriage to her step-mother who she hated. After this unhappy start in life, she was then perhaps too young and naive for marriage at the age of 19 to Prince Charles. She was quite happy at that time living her life as a private individual with her friends in a flat in London and working as a kindergarten teacher. She expresses her deep misgivings about her marriage to Prince Charles even before their wedding day and was warned by her mother that the Royal Family's lifestyle may not suit her. Her subsequent deep unhappiness because of Prince Charles's love affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and indifference to her meant her marriage was doomed from the outset. Instead it became obvious to her very early on that she was cynically being used as a 'brood mare' to produce an heir and a spare. To make matters worse, she felt deep confusion at being propelled into the media spotlight without any support from the Royal Family and jealousy from her husband at being overshadowed by her popularity with the public. Her fragile emotional state led to her bulimia and suicide attempts. Despite all this she was courageous with the charities she supported, such as AIDS, the homeless and support of landmine victims. She clearly grew into her role as Princess of Wales and demonstrated that she was kind, compassionate and a deeply intuitive woman with a sense of destiny. These qualities greatly influenced her sons and their upbringing and left a lasting legacy which has impacted the current monarchy and the way it has had to reinvent itself since her death. Her story, although a tragic one, touched all who knew her personally and those of her public who were deeply affected by her suffering and untimely death.
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