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Respectful and Fair Portrait of the Princess,
This review is from: Diana (Hardcover)
While it is clear that Sarah Bradford is respectful of Princess Diana, and even supportive, it is also clear that Ms. Bradford has taken great pains to be as objective as possible in writing the biography of this iconic woman.
In this interesting, honest tome, Bradford explores the things that happened in Diana's childhood that may have contributed to her adult behavior, and explains why fairly mundane occurrences might have been looked back upon as more negative than they truly were. Perhaps if Diana had gotten the opportunity to live another ten or twenty years, she might have grown into her own skin a bit more, and been able to look back on the sad moments of her life with less bitterness and more objectivity.
Diana's good works are duly noted here, as well as her devotion to her duties and her two beloved sons. Also documented are her childish tantrums, her occasional selfishness (an incident toward the end of her life when she takes advantage of the family member of a dying friend in order to try to catch up with a boyfriend is particularly damning), and her tendency to cut friends and family out of her life without so much as a backward glance.
Princess Diana was no saint. She did wonderful things, and she did things were not so lovely. I suspect that it was her very "human-ness" that caused her to be beloved by millions. Sarah Bradford ably captures the various dichotomies that continue to make The People's Princess so fascinating.