The Queen and Di: The Untold Story begins with an intimate interview between Ingrid Seward and Princess Diana, herself. Using firsthand sources such as this, Seward has managed to provide new perspective on a relationship that has been the obsession of paparazzi and gossip columnists for decades: the conflicted bond between Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. Emily Gray's prim performance perfectly conveys the style and elegance so often associated with stories of the Princess. The Queen and Di is a delightful listen for anyone interested in the stories and gossip of Royal Society.
In this work, best-selling author Ingrid Seward, the longtime editor of Majesty magazine and perhaps the most authoritative writer on the royal family, takes the listener behind the palace gates of Buckingham, Balmoral, and Sandrigham, and shows us how the royals really live and operate among themselves.
Elizabeth herself as a young bride had to learn how to deal with all sorts of personal problems, including a sometimes difficult and wayward husband, so she was especially sympathetic to Diana's many idiosyncrasies and difficulties. From an insider's perspective, the author charts Di's ups and downs: her difficult childhood, bulimia, depression, and sometimes even paranoia, offset by her innate charm, compassion, and common touch. Diana just wanted to be loved . . . but love isn't part of the royal vocabulary. A few weeks before her death, Princess Diana called and invited Ingrid Seward to come to her house.
Drawing on her long association with Diana and what turned out to be Diana's last conversation with a member of the press, Seward provides astonishing insight into the Camilla Parker Bowles affair, as well as the views and opinions of one of the most adored and vilified women of the 20th century.
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It is not surprising that the Queens legacy will always outshine Diana's. However, I doubt even the palace would want the former Princess' name to be smeared to this level. She was not perfect. But this book offers Diana no allowances, if for nothing else, than for her naivete and youthful antics when first entering the palace gates. I doubt even her worst enemies of Windsor would find this to be a fair and balanced account.
There are interesting moments in this book, and the speculated comparison between two royal marriages keeps it interesting. The narrator gives some real life to the story with a rather good reading and accurate (though nasal) voice of Queen Elizabeth. Aficionados will appreciate the opportunity to compare the pro-Charles view against similar pro-Diana writings from other sources. Seward attempts to demonstrate a neutral attitude through occasional expressions of sympathy toward Diana, but ends up with the recognizably patronizing tone adapted by many of Prince Charles' biographical apologists. Her empathy for the Queen is more heartfelt and easier to understand, except for the tired assumptions about Prince Philip's supposed infidelities. She is far harder on the Duke of Edinburgh than on the Prince of Wales, offering justifications for confessed infidelity on the part of the Prince versus cold contempt for unproven behavior of the Duke. Still a pleasant listen, though if you indulge in only reading one book on the late Princess, this one is not sufficiently neutral to recommend.
I found this book to be an engaging narration of the relationship between two remarkable women. In most books on the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana the author has a bias so obvious that you know immediately who's "side" they are on. I think the whole story is tragic and so sad I think it is a case study in how not to. behave in an unfortunate marriage and divorce. Although the princess had endured the trauma of growing up in an unstable family and carried it all her life ironically she seemed to put her own sons through that same trauma. Worst than that she put especially William in the role of confidant and counselor on his young shoulders, children do not need nor should they be placed in such situations.
Charles is also not placed on a pedestal by the author. It seems as if being Prince of Wales is not an enviable position. Edward VII as Prince of Wales was a play boy who seemed to have very loose morals and got involved in scandals all the time. Edward VIII as Prince of Wales was even worse. It is definitely worth your time to listen to this book
I'm a casual to semi-avid audiobook listener mainly of the biography/memoir category. Some have been great, some awful but all educational.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a glance behind the curtains in the lives of the well known.
Doesn't really apply to this book.
None in particular.
This is a fairly interesting look into the private lives of the world's most notable individuals. I cannot ascertain how much is fact or fiction or embellishment. At some points, I get the impression that the basis for some of the events are rooted in hear-say. I also had a difficult time deciding if the author is pro-Elizabeth II or pro- Diana. Overall, not a waste of time, but I wouldn't suggest one go out ofone's way to listen to it.
I adore anything Ingrid Seward does, from interviews to books or articles. she brings truth to the mystery of Charles and Diana, opening up a window to the struggles of real people who just happen to be of royal blood. Narration is spot on with the different voices used by the narrator. it makes the book almost come to life, as if the Queen and the Wales' were in your living room.
La la blah blah blah blah blah struggled to finish listening to it I fell asleep
Alas-NOTHING new here folks.
The author obviously read a lot books and magazines. Same old stories
Much better options elsewhere
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