His face is recognized the world over; his story is well known. But what is Prince William truly like? As Diana's eldest son, he was her confidant. While the tabloids eagerly lapped up the lurid details of his parents' divorce, William lived painfully though it, suffering the embarrassment, the humiliation, and divided loyalties. He watched his father denounced on prime-time television; he met the lovers. And when he was just 15, his beautiful, loving mother was suddenly, shockingly snatched from his life forever. The nation lost its princess and its grief threatened the very future of the monarchy. What was almost forgotten in the clamor was that two small boys had lost their mother.
His childhood was a recipe for disaster, yet as he approaches his 30th birthday, William is as well-balanced and sane a man as you could ever hope to meet. He has an utter determination to do the right thing and to serve his country as his grandmother has so successfully done for the last 60 years. Who stopped him from going off the rails, turning his back on his duty, and wanting nothing to do with the press - the people he blamed for his mother's death? Where did the qualities that have so entranced the world, and his new bride, Catherine, come from?
In the last 30 years, Penny Junor has written extensively about his parents and the extended family into which he was born. With the advantage of her relationships within William's circle, she has been able to get closer to the answers than ever before.
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Excellent Story Expertly Told
The fact that it was unbiased and told the true story instead of reporting what so many other biographers have written to please the public. It revealed that royals are human beings even if they are born bluebloods. Prince William has been fortunate enough to inherit the best qualities of both parents. He has his father's sense of duty coupled with his death mother's enormous charisma. And he looks like a film star, an advantage his beleagered father never had.
This is an insider's glimpse into the lives of two future kings of England. Penny Junor, who went to boarding school with Princess Anne, knows Prince Charles and Prince William personally. Muckrakers like Kitty Kelley and Christopher Anderson have never met members of the Royal Family and do not know them, therefore they feel entitled to print unsubstantiated gossip that maligns innocent people they feel free to judge very harshly without getting their facts straight.
Both Prince William and Prince Charles, who was especially courageous after his former wife's death in 1997 when he was the target of so much intolerance and hatred.
It makes the storytelling much more vivid.
The true story of the King of Hearts.
Diana may have been the humanitarian Queen of Hearts but her true legacy has been as a young, modern mother who changed the Royal Family and the direction of the Monarchy forever.
- Amazon Customer
Not What You Would Expect
I expected a book about William however I felt Diana was beaten down in this book. Statements were made without evidence or basis. I would not recommend this book.