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The Palace Diaries: Twelve Years with HRH Prince Charles Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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"A really, really good read" (Sharon Osbourne)
"Racy, outrageous and hilarious - it's the most surprising book of the year" (Mail on Sunday)
"Offers a lively portrait of everyday life in the royal family . . . forthright and personal" (Scotland on Sunday)
"Hilarious . . . a must-read" (Big Spender)
A Bridget Jones-style account of life working for Prince CharlesSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
If this had been written factually it may have been a better read. I found the inconsistencies - complaining about being poor on Palace wages but then frittering all the money her father sent her for a flat on clothes etc - irritated me, as did her apparent disregard for others feelings. There are too many episodes of this to give examples!
Having finished it (just) I have learnt next to nothing about the Royal Family (certainly nothing new) but loads about the love life, finances and social life of someone I have no interest in at all.
If you are looking for a book which gives an insight into life working at the periphery of the Royal Family this is not it. If you are looking for a book about a Lady Clerk who got a little too big for her boots (to be fair, she does at least admit that), then this is it.
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