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A Royal Duty: The poignant and remarkable untold story of the Princess of Wales

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which I find fascinating (although I still have lots of questions about the role of ladies-in-waiting). At the time of her death there was much speculation about Diana's future plans including her thoughts about remarrying and the possibility of relocating to America. This book was a London and New York Times number 1 best seller and sold in excess of 3 million copies worldwide. On the other hand, the absence of any boundaries allowed her to send him to Coventry, subject him to interminable mobile phone chats, and get him to chauffeur her on charitable excursions to prostitutes, and to deliver love-notes at midnight.

This title intends to reveal fresh truths about Princess Diana - and presents for an account of her thoughts. most would assume the book would be about princess diana (the cover most definitely leads you to believe it) but it’s about her butler (paul burrell) and his life, before and after her. It begins, like all the most satisfying romantic sagas, among unsanitary back-to-backs in a Derbyshire pit village and proceeds, via pantries and yachts and a tragic death in Paris, to a cliff-hanging trial where, in a shocking but just reversal of fortune, princes are humbled and the butler's tormentors, the Spencers, are brought low. I appreciated the revelation into Charles’ and Diana’s relationship, and other relationships she had, as so many allegations and misconceptions by people who didn’t know her at all have spread like wildfire about them. Such observations should not be interpreted as revolutionary stirrings, for Burrell became devoted to his work, which came with oceans of illicit gin and a nice view of the Mall.Burrell learned that his first duty was invisibility: "At Sandringham House, maids would dart into a walk-in cupboard under the stairs so as not to be seen when the Queen was coming down the stairs. However time heals all wounds and like many who died young I know think that Princess Diana at 36 eternally is much better than at 50 or 52. I was stunned' 5***** Reader Review _______ In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals new truths about Princess Diana - and presents for the first time as faithful an account of her thoughts as we can ever hope to read. in some cases he gives too much detail in which it could be summed up in a few sentences or very repetitive of certain details. Prince Charles doesn't squeeze his own toothpaste (for real), throws books when he has a tantrum and shouts, petulantly, "I'm going to be King.

It was infact the opposite, Paul obviously had the upmost respect for the royal family and revealed a more of the warmth and kindness the royal family unforchantly keep hidden from the public.Over the course of 21 years, Paul Burrell rose from member of the Royal household staff to personal attendant to the Queen of England and then butler to the Prince and Princess of Wales. From the sound of it, Burrell just showed up in his livery and hopped on the back of the carriage carrying the Queen and Duke (which, I learned, has hand brakes to prevent them from running into decelerating horses).

How unlike home life at Highgrove, where, after becoming butler, Burrell found that his duties also included spying, the supplying of alibis and the general facilitation of royal adultery.Now comes the long awaited book, A ROYAL DUTY by Paul Burrell, the man in whom she confided on matters big and small. His wife should be proclaimed a saint for not leaving him even after the princess almost rejected her entirely and didn't speak to her for a year (while her husband did nothing to mend the situation). In general, it struck me that Diana's relationship with Burrell was more like any woman's whose best friend is a gay man (the question of his sexuality irrelevant to me; completely unaware of that at the time of reading this book) and not entirely suggestive of the class distinctions.

I absolutely adored learning about the intricacies of royal life, and how everything played out behind the scenes. all the while, the thing that emerges is a story of a butler who is absolutely enamoured with his employer, a man under the spell of diana's charms - to the point of obsession, and at the expense of his own family.Another is that it has been stung, as it has not been since the horror of Crawfie's The Little Princesses, at the below-stairs effrontery of the whole thing. Then we have Paul marrying a housemaid and leaving Buckingham Palace to go down to Highgrove with the newly married Prince Charles and Princess Diana. And while it may have been fate that brought them together, they shared a strong bond that endured to the end of her life. In one of Burrell's many borrowings from other people's correspondence, Prince Philip tells Diana that no one in their right mind would leave her for Camilla. I didn't figure out why until the end, because I didn't realize that he'd been taken to court (supposedly by the Royal Family, but actually by the Spencers), and accused of stealing from Diana's estate.

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