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A Royal Duty | [Paul Burrell]

A Royal Duty

In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant.
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In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant - and may be the only person able to separate the myth from the truth of the Diana years.

©2003, 2004 Paul Burrell; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.

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    A. ONeal Los Angeles 08-25-12
    A. ONeal Los Angeles 08-25-12

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    There's a saying along the lines of "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

    Paul Burrell spends over 400 pages describing innumerable instances in which he believed he served as Diana's faultless knight in shining armor. He repeatedly uses words such as "heroic" and "discrete" (!) to describe himself, which struck me as increasingly strange as the book plodded on. Also, Paul has a wife and family but yet states clearly that his loyalty was/is foremost to Diana - all day, every day.

    It doesn't someone who's studied psychology (which I have, I should add) to realize Paul Burrell (and Diana, to be honest) have some issues. Most likely, codependency.

    Don't read this book if you're hoping to learn a great deal about Princess Diana. If self-congratulatory butlers are your thing, though, this is the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 08-26-09
    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2008

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    A facinating insight to a very private and public family. It changed my opinion on quite a few things. Paul Burrell did an outstanding job.

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    Ninotchka Palo Alto, CA, United States 05-17-12
    Ninotchka Palo Alto, CA, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2010

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    This was my first story on the Royals. I was really impressed with the lively narration and the concise, but detailed story line. I enjoyed learning about the "servant" side of the story too and how life was for Paul in the Queen's service. I found him very loyal and respectful in telling his story. I hope that this author produces more books on the subject or even on other subjects. He is a great writer and a very good narrator. I enjoyed this a lot.

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    "You'll never see the royals the same again.."

    Surprisingly interesting. I enjoyed this book more then I expected. I thought it would be some what controversial due to the publicity it gained during its release (think: bad mouthing of the royal family and them being portrayed as cold and some what heartless). 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. This book is one man's tribute to Diana that will be, no doubt,referenced for years to come history. Why Paul became a hated figure in the uk, for so long when he first released this book over ten years ago, i will never know. I guess they didn't read the book first?

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  • Lynne
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    "Great Listen, dont miss it"

    Paul Burrell and family has in my view has been through so much that we other mortals would have fallen into a deep depression. He has done more than any other employee would for their employer. He deserves our respect for his loyalty to Diana and the other royals. He seems to have given the royals his life and got nothing but disloyalty and hate in return. Diana was a unique person who deserves this tribute from a caring, loyal man as Paul. Good luck to him, he deserves our support. Paul is so easy to listen to, well done Paul Cant wait for the next book.

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