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Publisher's Summary

This exclusive edition features an introduction narrated by the author, and an interview between Andrew Morton and celebrated royal correspondent Jennie Bond.

A reissue of this classic title, updated with never-before-published material from the original taped interviews and with a new introduction by Andrew Morton that reflects on the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the original publication of Diana: Her True Story.

One of the world's best-known biographers, Andrew Morton's groundbreaking and controversial biography Diana: Her True Story changed the public's perception of the British monarchy and became an instant global best seller. When it was first published, the original book was met with abuse and criticism from the disbelieving British establishment and mass media. At the time Diana's collaboration with Morton was a closely guarded secret. It was only in 1997, months after her tragic death, that Morton revealed how the princess was the hidden hand behind the most controversial royal book of all time.

In raw and revealing tape recordings, Diana exposed the sham of her marriage to future king Prince Charles, her eating disorders, her suicide attempts as well as her hope and faith in a happier future. This was royalty unplugged and uncensored, the princess talking candidly about her whole life, from her unhappy childhood to her time inside the royal family.

Sadly a life of such promise was cut short in an underpass in Paris. As a result Diana: Her True Story - in Her Own Words remains her one true testament, the nearest we will ever come to her autobiography. This new and revised edition reflects on the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the original publication as well as Diana's long-term legacy, particularly the lives of her two sons, Princes William and Harry.

©1992 Andrew Morton (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating book full of new insights into the life and times of Diana.... Deeply personal, candid and sometimes shocking." ( The Sunday Times)
"A devastatingly and intensely personal account." ( The Independent)
"The definitive account of royalty in the late twentieth century." ( The Sun)

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Lama

The chapters are not organised well.
Chapter 8 is actually chapter 1.
But overall is really a good book with great narrators.

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  • 08-14-17

UPDATED VERSION - SUCH A FANTASTIC READ

Really wonderful listen. Must admit as a true fan of Diana, I did shed many tears.

It brought everything up to date with the references to William's marriage and children. Harry's charity work and help the hero's and Invictus games.

A wonderful, wonderful listen!!!

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  • Goddess110
  • 11-28-17

good book but horrid narrators voice

The book was nice. A great insight into Diana's life by her.
But the voice if the narrator ilwas annoying and put me off listiening.

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  • Kim
  • 08-31-17

dreary

got to be one of the most depressing diatribes ever. I have not lost my faith in Diana. Princess of Wales. This can only be a script for the return of spitting image. I sent it back. Narrator belongs in a Waitose lift.

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  • Jan
  • 02-15-20

Very good start

I really liked the strategy of this story where Caroline Langrishe was reading the part of Diana, then we have Andrew Morton talking to Jennie Bond which I also enjoyed however then Michael Maloney starts reading the whole story again and this part although the longest part of all I found not so good I didn’t like his voice very pompous and sounded like he had a blocked nose. The story is one we all know by now so there wasn’t really any surprises it it’s good to refresh things and remind us why so many of us loved Diana. Pity about the ending praising Harry and William as I feel William has now been left to carry things on his own and I do wonder how happy Diana would have been with this as she said herself she would never let the Queen down. A good book to listen to and remember days gone by.

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  • James fox
  • 07-28-17

absolutely brilliant

had the paper back version of this book for years but never read it. Am so glad I waited, this 20th anniversary edition in many ways takes you full circle; both heart breaking and inspiring. I loved every moment of it....Rip Diana x

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  • Jenny
  • 08-07-17

Her spirit lives on in her sons!

Well written and narrated. God Bless the People's Princess! She helped so many people with her inate kindness and caring.

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  • 12-06-20

a little disappointed

As some already said, the book is quite repetitive and paint too much of a picture of Diana as a victim even though she herself made poor choices. It made me not like her anymore. Yes, she did suffer and had a husband who didn't love or support her but she was also an obsessed attention seeker and should have known what she was getting into when married into the Royal family.

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  • Sharon
  • 08-12-19

repetitive

repetitive stories and text. good book overall and worth listening for a royal insight. a very sad story.

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  • Vicuña
  • 09-13-21

Fascinating insight and updated from original

I’m not a big fan of the Royal family for a number of reasons. It seems an outdated and over privileged institution which is egocentric and largely unacccountable. I’ve avoided Morton’s biography as I believed it was further manipulation of public opinion in a personal war between Charles and Diana that was becoming increasingly vitriolic.

I downloaded this as an Audible plus freebie and frankly, it’s a real eye opener. I’ve always found Charles odious and could never understand why women found him attractive. This biography gives amazing insight into the courtship (such as it was) and the sham marriage. His duplicity, coldness and moral high ground knows no bounds and some of the stories made me seethe.

Diana wasn’t perfect, but no one deserved the treatment and lack of compassion he meted out to her. She was naive, obsessive and could also be manipulative, but she was much younger and the mother of two of his children. What really impressed me were the accounts of her warmth and compassion shown to strangers. It was a revelation and a side that the press chose to ignore. It’s reinforced my negative views of the Royals and it was a genuine eye opener. Really enjoyed it.

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  • 06-18-19

Brilliant and revealing

I loved this book. so much I didn't know but was fascinated to hear about.

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  • Helen
  • 01-19-19

Good read

an interesting insight into Princesses Dis life., with and without the Royal family. The princess had an amazing gift of being able the connect with people and her genuine want to serve the people was greatly overlooked by the Royal family.

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  • sha
  • 09-21-22

Great listenn

Though I didn't learn anything new, I appreciated the narrative and Diana's words. I saw her at Bayview during her Australian visit in the 1980s. Her light shone so bright!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-22

Impactful & Emotional

No matter what one's thoughts were of Diana, Princess of Wales, or of Britain's royalty, Diana's life's work did have a positive impact, and continues to make a positive impact on people's lives. One truly has to question the 'Royalty' factor and can only hope that Diana's influence on her sons will continue to flow through them to help bring about ongoing positive impacts throughout the world. Highly recommended listening even though it has been 25 years since Diana so tragically passed on.

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  • Emma Peel
  • 02-16-22

Intrigued and clarity.

Glad to have read after the event and have some perspective. Good read.and portrayal of Diana and to hear her words. Truly amazing human /mother / icon in one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-21

A classic that I could listen to over and over again.

This ground breaking bio is still worthy of all the controversy it’s release caused almost 30 years ago. If you’re of the younger generation that has been introduced to Diana’s story through watching The Crown, this is the much needed back story you need to hear. Morton’s narration is emotive and quite good for someone who is not a professional voiceover artist.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-20

Interesting read

Very lengthy which added to the thorough detail and interesting life of Lady Di. I recommend for all who loved and those of us who didn't love this former Royal.

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  • Helen Fearn
  • 10-06-19

Worth a listen.

Preface has me "whatever " .
The update put it in a well explained context.

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  • 11-17-17

the peoples princess

a truely sad and moving story of a lady who touched many people and made them feel
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