Love and War - James HewittBlake, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Two very small dings to the upper panel. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with black and white photographs.
From the cover: “James Hewitt is a man with the power to excite powerful emotions in all who hear his name. To some he is simply wicked.
To others he is an honourable army officer, who has been cast in the role of scapegoat by a monarchy and an establishment desperate to distract attention from their own callous and uncaring behaviour towards Princess Diana whilst she was alive.
The truth, as this revealing and historic autobiography reveals, lies somewhere between these two extremes.
James was a dashing, single, young Guards Captain, on official business at Buckingham Palace, when he first met Princess Diana. Prince Charles was in the midst of a flagrant affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana was feeling confused and lonely.
She asked James to teach her to ride and, gradually, imperceptibly, they fell in love. He discreetly supported her and cared for her through the hardest, most miserable times of her life.
Their relationship reached its most impassioned when James was sent to fight in the Gulf War five years later. James commanded a tank squadron, which had been charged with the deadly task of breaking through Iraqi enemy lines. As he, and Diana, faced the real possibility of his imminent death Diana wrote passionate letters to him almost every day, pouring out her thanks for the love and fulfilment he had brought to her life.
‘I loved Diana, I love her still,’ James writes here. ‘I feel blessed that she loved me and we were able to enjoy a few short years, which reached heights of happiness I have never known before or since. ’
‘But part of me wishes it had never happened…’”