Item description for The Real Diana by Lady Colin Campbell...
Updated with new theories on Diana's death and exposing the author's royal sources for the first time, this definitive biography relates the story of Princess Diana's life as she would have told it. Compiled from more than 30 meetings and conversations between the author and the princess, whom she first met when Diana was just 17 years old, this expos reveals the "real" Diana as someone simply trying to make sense of a life made up of impossible extremes. Privileged yet anguished, beloved yet self-loathing, Diana is portrayed as a woman with both a sense of great joy and a great burden of pain who did her best to balance her private life and her public persona. From before her marriage up until her tragic death, this account paints a revealing portrait of a woman whose image continues to resonate today.
Outline Review Say what you will about the author of The Real Diana, but Lady Colin Campbell certainly is no practitioner of noblesse oblige. This is a book for those who like their gossip explicit and in large quantities, and who aren't bothered by little details like verifiable attribution. (The vast majority of quotes in this book are from "a member of the Wales household," "a lady-in-waiting," "a courtier," and most ironically of all, "a friend.") Lady Campbell claims to be the person whom Diana first approached to write the tell-all biography that Andrew Morton was later to author. And though she turned down that opportunity, this is her second publication to cash in on her "insider status" (Diana in Private was her first), which is seemingly a reference to her title by marriage and a casual acquaintance with the princess.
With its paucity of named sources, it's probably impossible to authoritatively separate fact from fiction in The Real Diana, though it does seem that what with affairs, petty vengeances, and temper tantrums, Di would have had little time left for her courtly duties. Campbell's style is lively enough, and she has some interesting insights into the modern British aristocracy and its unconventional values. But are you truly curious to learn not only the details of the late princess's lovers' techniques, but also the names of the two therapists Diana went to for colonic irrigation? --John Longenbaugh
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 5.12" Height: 1.02" Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Arcadia Books
ISBN 1905147066 ISBN13 9781905147069
Availability 0 units.
More About Lady Colin Campbell
Lady Colin is a highly successful and prolific author and has been a prominent and controversial figure in royal and social circles for many years. She wrote the international bestselling book Diana in Private in 1992, and the revelatory biography of the Princess of Wales, The Real Diana, in 2004. She is a long term columnist and commentator, and has appeared numerous times on TV and Radio as a Royal Insider and expert on the British aristocracy. In 1997 she published her acclaimed autobiography, A Life Worth Living.
Lady Colin was born in Jamaica and spent her early adult life in America where she became a model and studied apparel design. She is connected to British royalty through common ancestors as well as, through her marriage, to the uncle of the Duke of Argyll, who is a cousin of the Queen. She has two sons and lives in London.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Real Diana?
How refreshing.... May 9, 2008
to actually read a full story of Diana's life, rather than the glossy image we've all been fed for years. Very interesting book.
"The 'Real' Diana--Not!" Oct 31, 2007
Vile, vituperative, vicious, and about as "true" as the "Lady" in front of the "author's" name, this cowardly piece of fantasy isn't worth buying to burn. Don't bother reading it, unless you go in for the kind of story headlined in the supermarket tabs, featuring lurid photos of the "Two-Headed Martian Child." If so, read on--you just might find Hoffa and see Elvis while you're at it. Stars??????? Are you kidding?!
Poor Lord er I mean Lady Campbell Jan 31, 2006
This is a vicious book written by someone who obviously hated Diana, Princess of Wales. And if anyone is 'mentally ill' it is Lady Campbell. I understand 'lady' Campbell had a very strange childhood. Apparently, her parents could not decide whether she was a boy or girl! And I think it created a 'crack' in her brain.
Diana paid dearly for standing up for herself and getting out of her pathetic marriage. Her husband was a Prince who turned out to be a selfish toad. She was definitely a lamb to the slaughter. And as for saying that Diana was schizophrenic that is postively ludicrous!
The Princess Behind the Fairytale Lies Mar 16, 2005
Lady Colin Campbell may not be the best writer I have ever read, but she writes the truth, and what is better than that for a biography? The people who don't like this book are the ones who don't seem to be willing to ever think that their beloved Princess of Hearts could be a vengeful b*tch, who was a bit off in the head, or that Charles was not the devil Diana wished him to portrayed as.
As it has been widely reported by pretty much everyone who knew the Princess, including her own family, she was very vindictive and a known liar. So read her accounts with a grain of salt (or a shaker), then read this book. Nothing is black and white, so remember the gray matter. I also reccomend Piers Morgan's new book to show the side of Diana many don't want to admit she had.
Very biased against the Princess! Sep 20, 2003
I enjoy reading every detail about Princess Diana I can get my hands on, good and bad, so I can get some idea of what this person was like. I have adored Diana since I was a young girl.
However, this book was very biased against Diana and basically does make anything positive written about Diana seem as though it was just written to please the Princess.
Also, she pretty much says that Diana was sleeping around long before Charles did, yet other books I've read indicate not only was he with Camilla, but also did cheat on Diana even around William's birth with a lady in Canada that he saw on and off even while he was just with Camilla.
I've seen some recent interviews, and other published books which actually cite NAMES of people who have nothing to gain now the Princess is dead, and dispute what this author has to say.
So it is fun gossip, albeit cruel, but take it with a grain of salt.
Also, I could not find documentation of Diana's abortion anywhere, and I would think by now more explicit details would have come out about it. This is the first and last I've heard of it and would really like to know if it is indeed true.