The Princess of Wales: An Illustrated Biography by Susan Maxwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First things first: This book is extremely outdated. At the point of this being written Princess Diana and Prince Charles were seemingly still happily married (what we now know wasn't quite the case), and Princess Diana hadn't given birth to her eldest, Prince William, yet. Of course, this book was written many years before her death, and as most people know, a lot of information about Princess Diana was not public knowledge until tapes were released by her speech coach after her death. This book casually makes reference of her eating habits, when we now know she suffered from Bulimia in her adult years. And of course at the time she isn't yet known for her humanitarianism, and charitable causes, so this book focuses almost entirely on what she wore, how she acted with her husband and the other Royals, and her attitude towards the press.
Last but not least: the entire last section of the book focused solely on her future Queendom which made me both incredibly sad, and very uncomfortable.
All in all, an interesting view of what her public image was like at the time of publishing (1982), but overall knowing what we know now, an extremely flawed and naive "biography."
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