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Who was the real Diana? What was it like to be so privileged yet so anguished, so beloved yet so self-loathing, so spoiled yet so despairing? The Princess of Wales was all these things - far more complicated, conflicted and intriguing a person than the wildly disparate saint or lunatic she is frequently portrayed to be.

Royal insider Lady Colin Campbell sets the record straight on many of the most controversial aspects of Diana's turbulent life: how Charles and Diana's engagement came to pass, though it seemed ill-advised to those closest to both of them, what their honeymoon was really like, the truth behind Diana's bulimia, her widely reported suicide attempts and her obsession with Camilla Parker Bowles; Diana's search for love and fulfilment with numerous men before, during and after her marriage; her brilliant manipulations of the press and her relationship with Dodi Fayed.

Lady Colin Campbell's New York Times best-selling biography Diana in Private was the first to expose the truth about Diana and her troubled marriage. In The Real Diana, she reveals that the reason she knew so much about what went on behind the palace gates was because Diana herself was the source. Drawing upon these confidences - as well as on conversations with countless people who knew Diana and with Diana herself in the final years of her life - Lady Colin Campbell combines true insight with true compassion to bring us the most intimate and revealing portrait of the Princess of Wales that we will ever have.

©2004 Lady Colin Campbell (P)2022 W F Howes

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  • 04-18-22

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While she did a fairly good job, names were mispronounced quite often. Just one of my pet peeves 😉

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Not to my taste

It’s obvious that this author does not like Diana, this book feels to me like Diana trashing. Passive aggressive story of her “unbiased” biography of the late princess.

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excellent listen.

though I loved her. I always felt her image was too good to be true. I am delighted to read a balanced look at her life in 2022. it also explain a lot about Harry and Wills and the car crash. by the time it was published it was no longer news here. just finished 1 day after the passing of our beloved Queen. thank you from a fan in New Zealand.

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The Real Diana

Lady Colin Campbell does indefatigable research with a balanced presentation of events and character. The reader does a good job.

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Wow

This book does go very deep into Diane the Princess Wales! Lady C knows her stuff. I well be listening again since it had so much insight to it.
It is an eye opener. The only way it could be any better is if Lady C did the reading of the book!

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  • Consumer East Anglia
  • 03-29-22

So well researched and well documented

This is by far the best and most honest book about the late Princess of Wales. Lady Colin Campbell has produced a fantastic read with respect to the Royal Family and sympathetic handling of the late Princess of Wales’ struggles and illnesses that she overcame. Lady C depicts the Princess’s qualities as well as her flaws in an educated, well written, fair and ho nonsense way I thoroughly recommend this book. A thousand times better and truer than the other authors. No comparison! The detailed analysis of the tragic accident in Paris has been better explained by Lady Colin Campbell than both the French and English authorities. Recently out on audiobooks and I am sad to have finished it as it was so good.

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  • LUCY
  • 03-22-22

Beautifully written.

a very good and informative read, very well written fair and very well explained giving Charles's side also Diana's, very believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book highly recommend.

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  • kate bluffield
  • 09-18-22

Interesting, but….

An interesting account of Diana’s life, very good narration. Did get a bit fed up of the author’s patronising comments regarding her own life experiences and just how wonderfully she managed everything

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  • Jax
  • 09-04-22

A great listen

I really enjoyed this book. I like the fact it was written through the eyes of someone who knew her, warts and all.

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  • crochetdiva
  • 07-29-22

A real eye opener

If what is said in this book is the truth, it gives a very different truth than anyone could imagine. I knew some of it, like most other people, but the parts I didn't know were not at all what I expected. Brilliantly narrated.

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  • Burger47
  • 03-30-22

Exceptional account of a much misunderstood person

Excellent listening. thoroughly researched, delightfully articulated in both the written word and the spoken. A brilliant documentary and a jolly interesting story . Brilliant work that has and will stand the test of time

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  • Squeak
  • 08-27-22

Well written with compassion

I was never a fan of Diana but owing to Lady Colin’s account I now have great sympathy for her and understanding of her illness. I also commend Prince Charles for his duty to her. They were never suitable but fate intervened as after all William and Harry were meant to be born and they could not have been without them. May she Rest In Peace. Well written and narrated.

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  • Jon
  • 08-04-22

Really interesting

A bit tedious and easily moves from one topic to another, but nevertheless sounds truthful and correct in its details.
It is certainly good to hear the “other side”, I’m grateful we have Camilla by Charles’ side.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-22

Dull and Lifeless

I struggled to finish this book, largely due to the dullness of Lady Colin Campbell narration. I’ve listened to quite a few Royal and Lady Diana books which I have found most enjoyable. For the first time with Audible I found myself wandering off and thinking about other things which distracted from soaking in the story. There were many chapters that I had to rewind and give another go and didn’t find anything terribly revealing in the book that isn’t already largely known.

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