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Shadows of a Princess: Diana, Princess of Wales 1987-1996 An Intimate Account by Her Private Secretary - P. D. Jephson

HarperCollins, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was destined to ascend the British throne, virginal wife to the future King Charles III. The shy English girl was seen by many as the salvation of the hidebound Windsor line. In her beauty, modesty and care for the sick she seemed the perfect face for a twenty-first-century royal family.

But Diana didn’t follow the script. Instead, she brought a revolution.

Twenty years later, the comforting illusion of royalty as we knew it has gone for ever. Diana is dead, the Windsors diminished and a chagrined Prince faces the dilemma of presenting a very different consort to his people.

What went wrong?

Those who demonized Diana dare not ask. The truth would upset the delicate web that has been spun around royal images since her death. They would prefer the question, like the Princess, to fade away in a jumble of banal mementos and bickering charities.

She — and the truth — deserve better. The truth is claimed by many but known by virtually none. And of these, nobody knows more than the author, Diana’s closest aide and adviser during her years of greatest public fame and deepest personal crisis.

Diana will now never appoint a biographer and a formal history may never be commissioned. There will be no privileged access for posterity. Instead, Shadows of a Princess goes further than any sanitized official record, were officialdom ever to permit one. Rooted in unique first-hand experience, it is the most authoritative, balanced account we will ever have of the woman who became an icon, yet remains a contradictory enigma. Viewed from behind the scenes during eight relentless years, this is the Princess in all her disguises, as we have never seen her before.

It is a story of shifting loyalties, self-delusion and shattered hopes — of defiance and wasted opportunities. But it is also a story of the laughter and optimism that were the hallmarks of Diana’s alternative court and a tantalizing glimpse of how different royal history might have been.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII] 392 pages.
£6.50

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