This is supposed to be an analysis of Princess Diana's self destructive life, which is supposed to delve more meaningfully into her emotional world to make her out to be someone who had no real self identity up until her death: a Borderline Personality who made those around her a living hell with tantrums, suicide attempts, binge eating and purging and bouts of paranoia until she abandoned them to move onto her next 'victim' stupid and misguided enough to be besotted by her beauty and charm until they too got fed up with her or disolusioned with her chronic neediness. But it is this book, not the evidence supporting the author's theory, that turns her into a basket case. The author selects biographical information about Diana's life, which is already written about or in the public domain, to support the main theme of her argument. What she really does is tailor the evidence to fit the hugely unsupported and manufactured verdict. But there is no sign in this book that this author has any knowledge or insight into this complex distressing psychological illness. According to some experts on personality disorders, it is highly unlikely that Princess Diana would be able to achieve all she had in her short life: hob nobbing with the greatest and good and doing all of her good works with aplomb if she genuinely suffered from BPD. After all, she did remarkably well to appear normal, well balanced and confident during public engagements. I am inclined to believe these experts not this author, based on the ill informed drivel written here. All told, the book seems far more like yet another anti Princess Di biography: a pro-establishment, pro-Charles exercise designed to undermine Princess Diana who, no doubt, had her faults and weaknesses but was likely to have little more than chronic anxiety disorder as well as bullimia originating from deep unhappiness and insecurities brought about by her parents divorce, possibly made much worse by her role as a highly publicised figurehead destined to be Queen who had to live a lie for most of her life after being betrayed by her husband's infidelity, whilst trying to cope with a hounding press whilst living amongst a largely unsypathetic toxic, no nonsense royal family who have little insight, understanding and patience for a more sensitive, tactile 'feely touchy' person like her who, quite frankly, seemed to have been born into the wrong class.
This book offers still another slant on Princess Diana and the royal marriage. It is decidedly pro-Charles and the author seems to imply that the Prince Charles-Camilla Parker Bowles relationship was caused by Princess Diana's obsession and jealousy. Her jealousy, according to the author, called attention to Camilla's virtues and hence, caused the Prince to return to his mistress. This imaginative reasoning does not mesh with the evidence that Prince Charles was deeply attached to Mrs. Parker Bowles before, during, and after his marriage (and still is to this day)and the fact that Princess Diana realized her husband's emotional ties to Mrs. Parker Bowles, but could do nothing about it. The Princess was a modern woman who wanted a faithful husband but was expected to "look the other way" on her husband's attachment to the other woman as her predecessor Queen Alexandra had ignored her husband's Edward VII's unfaithfulness. The author also sugarcoats and downplays the Prince's comments "whatever love means" in the famous engagement interview. What's missing in this book is the author not providing adequate coverage to the massive international outpouring of grief for the late Princess. To inspire such grieving, there must have been more to the late Princess Diana than the alleged Borderline Personality disorder victim depicted by Bedell Smith. I'll hope for future books to give fairer coverage. For better coverage now, Anne Edwards book is a good choice.
I've read many books about Diana.None like this. I'm sure Diana would of approved of it after all she was sadly 'troubled'but the book allows you to understand Diana more easily,the feeling sort of like you know her.This really is in my top 5*.