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A Greater Love: Prince Charles's Twenty Year Affair With Camilla Parker Bowles Hardcover – 1 Dec 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068813808X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688138080
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Such a pity that Prince Charles and Camilla Shand didn't marry in the first place. Desperately sad that he was not told how unhinged Diana Spencer was. Both Earl Spencer and Diana's grandmother Ruth, Lady Fermoy before they died regretted not telling the Royal family of her mental instability.
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By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2005
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- having it and eating it - that's really what it's all about. Although well written, the book is a disappointment as it is a straight A to B retelling of how the man who will probably be the King of England one day, played fast and loose with the truth, his wife and his public, just to get his own way. I actaully almost felt sympathy for Camilla, who comes across as less Mrs. Robinson, and more an upper class Hilda Ogden, trying to fit in with the royal 'joneses' and missing the mark. You just know this woman has three ducks above the mantelpiece(though in fairness, doubtless she shot them herself!)But although the windsors distaste for the mistress turned wife is almost palpable, there's no doubt that this book is more about Charles...Camilla is, as she has always been, an afterthought, or at best, a surrogate 'mummy'. HRH's rather infantile need to have all his own way and blatant lack of concern for anyone else, is what stands out here. He really does come across as unlikeable, although the author does his best to be neutral. This is a portrait of a man with his head up his own backside and the woman determined to be the power behind the throne...A greater love? Nope, it's Blackadder with no laughs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Love Story Sensitively Told 23 May 2014
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Wilson spares no details in the first full tale of the Prince's two-decades-long love affair with then Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles. Curiously, no one is cast as the complete villain in this book and the author lays some of the blame for the failure of the royal marriage at the feet of the beautiful Diana, who chose to live by double standards when she herself later had affairs with married men. This book was published in 1993, well before the public had heard of Oliver Hoare or Will Carling, but Wilson does document the Princess's collusion with the media in an effort to expose Charles's dalliance with the great love of his life, now H.R.H. The Duchess of Cornwall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charles was true to his own heart 31 May 2013
By Wayne Engle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"...Without the help and support of the woman I love" became one of the best-known quotes of the 20th Century. King Edward VIII of Great Britain uttered it in his abdication address in December 1936, giving up the throne and the Empire for Wallis Warfield Simpson, a divorcee and an American.

Edward, who became the Duke of Windsor, decided that, if he could not have both Wallis and the crown, then the crown would be forfeited. Two generations later, his great-nephew, Charles, Prince of Wales, appears likely to inherit the crown, and at the same time retain "the woman I love," despite the bitter-ender, hateful opposition of a considerable segment of the British people who have never gotten over Princess Diana.

Christopher Wilson tells us in "A Greater Love" of Charles' first meeting with Camilla Parker Bowles, who would become the love of his life, in the early 1970s. Camilla, whose great-grandmother was mistress to Charles's great-great-grandfather, Edward VII, boldly proposed to the prince, a year younger than herself, "How about it?" In other words, "Let's emulate our randy ancestors!" And, as Wilson relates to us, they did. And found that each was the other's soulmate.

Nine years later, with Camilla now married to a dashing military officer and Charles under great pressure from his father, Prince Philip, and others to pick a bride and get busy producing some heirs, the Prince of Wales wed the tall, enormously photogenic Lady Diana Spencer in the most-watched nuptials of all time. It was a fairy-tale wedding to nearly all of those hundreds of millions who watched it on television.

Alas, as we all know now, the fairy-tale turned into a horror story in less time than it took to produce two heirs. Charles didn't -- couldn't -- give up Camilla just because he was now legally married. Diana sensed immediately that she was not first in the heart of her husband, and began a slow-motion meltdown over that fact, that went on for years. Included were screaming temper tantrums, shouting matches, a dramatic fall, or deliberate throwing of herself, down a staircase when she was pregnant, and gradually, a deliberate "getting even" campaign on Diana's part to upstage and embarrass her husband publicly at every opportunity, aided and abetted by a news media which was so besotted by her that they were very easily manipulated. Charles' refusal, on most occasions, to argue back at her only increased her fury and paranoia.

Wilson tells us of the announcement, coming finally in Parliament in December 1992, that Charles and Diana were separating. The last part of the book consists of extensive quotes from prominent Church of England hierarchy, harrummphing about how Charles can never inherit the throne if he is divorced, how he must give up Camilla at once and remain celibate for the rest of his life in order to become king, and other absurd hooey.

Wilson's book was published in 1994, before Charles' and Diana's divorce was announced, before Diana's tragic death in that Paris auto accident in 1997, before Charles' and Camilla's eventual marriage. Most of the predictions in the book, by Wilson and others, have been proven wrong by time. My prediction is that Charles will one day be king, and Camilla will be queen, no matter how furious it makes a certain segment of British society whose attitude toward Camilla seems to be, "Never forgive, never forget." But Charles showed that being true to his own heart, and to "the woman I love," not the woman he was married to, was the only path he could abide for himself, regardless of the consequences.

"A Greater Love" is entertaining, and Wilson does make considerable efforts to be fair and even-handed to both sides in this bizarre series of events which lasted nearly a quarter-century. That is a lot more than could be said for many of the books written about the Charles-Diana-Camilla affair, which usually side quite blatantly with one side or the other. Usually Diana's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 23 Dec. 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull 30 Dec. 2005
By Mozart'sConstanze - Published on
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Here we go again. The so called 'great love story' of an imperious, immature man who has an outstanding sense of entitlement and his future Subjects better like it or lump it. And his immoral companion who wears the title of Mistress like a badge-it seems to run in her family. Adultery for some I suppose is something to be proud of and trumpeted before all the world. C & C deserve each other. I hope they are sent off into Royal exile if Her Majesty should pre-decease these two boring, old sinners. Bring on King William V!

This book is a waste of time and money. No stars even if I was obliged by the template to give it at least one.
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