Although I know some die-hard Diana sympathizers may take issue with some of the details or interpretation of blame for example, Diana's alleged premarital virginity -- which the author endorses -- and the he-said, she-said within the Wales' marriage , the author's tone makes her both pleasant and easy to read. Anne refused to acknowledge her in any way, according to the author looking right past her, Diana fled in tears. Very well written easy to follow and the narrator is great. Seward displays no rancor toward anyone involved in this complicated story, but neither does she whitewash what happened or attempt to downplay anyone's involvement in the headline-grabbing events. This book is not very good. The author naturally looks into the lives of the queen and the late princess of Wales before they came into close contact with one another, but the primary focus of the book is the nature of the relationship between the two women as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.
I was appalled by what she put her eldest son through and the things she revealed to him that a young adolescent should not be exposed to, no matter what their station in life. And, for her part, Her Majesty, according to Seward, was far more sympathetic to her daughter-in-law's problems than generally has been presumed. The Queen seemed to try her best to help her but Diana was looking for a mother. This book is well-written and interesting. It was explained that the Prince had a schedule of engagements arranged months before. He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. Although we wish this were just a Hollywood dramatization, King George did indeed suffer at the hands of his tyrannical nanny — Charles Carlton, Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina State University and author of Charles I: the Personal Monarch, confirmed this in an article for.
I doubt even her worst enemies of Windsor would find this to be a fair and balanced account. The author is obviously a talented writer, but none of this is anything new. The gossip magazines might print acres of stories about arguments and illicit affairs, but Diana carried on with her appointments, and the public never stopped adoring her. I have read several biographies of Princess Diana including this one and I have to say that my opinion of Princess Diana has drastically changed. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. Because she is familiar with the royal family, Seward has some real insight and some stories that aren't already mashed to death by other media sources. She defended Diana almost to the bitter end.
She felt she couldn't get enough attention from her husband, and often her attempts to force him to pay attention to her backfired and drove him further away. She told her father, John Spencer, that she was calling off the engagement. The Princess died a short time ago. After 15 exhausting days, which were punctuated by tremendous fights, the newlyweds arrived back at Balmoral. It's a shame she never got a chance to work her issues out and find happiness in her life. Her empathy for the Queen is more heartfelt and easier to understand, except for the tired assumptions about Prince Philip's supposed infidelities. Many of things in it I have heard or read many times before.
Were actual, contemporary interviews conducted, or did all the research consist of reading previously published works that attest to the agenda set out before the first word was typed? Supposedly this book was partially based on interviews with the Princess of Wales, particularly one conducted not long before her death. Why, she asked, was he not spending more time with her? There is a definite pro-royal family slant the opening chapter presents a diagnosis of Diana's mental illness, I'd like to see what a psychiatrist has to say in regards to the Queen's personality profile , though I found the book to be more objective than some of Seward's previous books and interviews. The direct quote from the book is 'this was a mistake on Diana's part'. The British Royal Family holds a fascination to many Americans. Neither patience nor the silent, steely-eyed displeasure Elizabeth had learned to deploy with such withering effect made any impression on Diana. A few weeks before her death, Princess Diana called and invited Ingrid Seward to come to her house.
I've read biographies of Prince Charles, Prince William and several others of the British Royal Family, and had already gotten the impression that Diana showed one face to the world and quite another when she was alone with Charles and other members of the family. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by 19th-century women of less-exulted class. Behind Palace Doors is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. In medical terms, some feel that Diana suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. I did not need another trashing of Diana. The nannies also wear the very same uniform since the college opened back in 1892.
Charles is also not placed on a pedestal by the author. The Queen ordered tea, which was brought from the kitchen and then ignored. Legge-Bourke was fun, even if she made some poor decisions — like letting William and Harry rapel down a 160-foot-high dam with nary a helmet or safety line in sight. If people would just behave like civilized adults and deal with the head that they are dealt many of these problems would not ha This book seemed to go on forever. Worth the credit overall Interesting But Polarizing Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? The following year, Crawford also published a book, The Little Princesses, which got her kicked out and cut off from the royal family for good. This is a tragic story.
That did little to pacify her. Aficionados will appreciate the opportunity to compare the pro-Charles view against similar pro-Diana writings from other sources. Queen Elizabeth was advised of these unhappy developments. © Provided by Trusted Media Brands, Inc. She demanded clarification as to Legge-Bourke's duties and became convinced that Charles and the nanny were romantically involved, even accusing her of getting pregnant and aborting Charles' child. I think the whole story is tragic and so sad I think it is a case study in how not to. The author naturally looks into the lives of the queen and the late princess of Wales before they came into close contact with one another, but the primary focus of the book is the nature of the relationship between the two women as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.