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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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Really enjoyed it!

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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A Royal Duty

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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So glad I finally listened!

As an American Royalist since Diana appeared on the scene, I resisted this book for many years as I felt it was a betrayal on Paul Burrell's part to have written it . My opinion is now the opposite.
At almost 20 years on from her death , it was a fascinating listen. I was brought to smiles, chuckles , and of course tears.
Thank you , Paul , for your service and for the sacrifices made by you and your family for holding the course.

Highest recommendations to all those interested in the British Royal Family

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Excellent first person account.

History as told by the most intimate of first person accounts. Paul Burrell was The Princesses friend, counselor, and protector. Just a great story.

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Interesting approach and a great story

This was an interesting Approach by the author who told her story by telling his own story. In a way it's actually genius because telling his own story is something that really can't be refuted as much as trying to tell the story of Diana herself. I actually really enjoyed this book and it gave me a whole new perspective on the Spencer family. I had heard similar stories from others, but here you see just how far they would go to capitalize on their daughter's life. It also gave me more respect than I expected to find for the Royal family.

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Thank you Paul for a wonderful book about the Princess Diana!

I don’t know where to begin. I could not stop listening to this book. It gave a great look inside Princess Diana’s life and I feel that who else could write a more truthful book about her than someone who was so close to her for such a long time. I also love the fact that it’s Paul himself narrating it. You can hear his passion through his voice. I lived through that awful day of Princess’ death, cried, listened and cried. Not sure how Paul handled everything so well that day and the nightmares that followed... Thank you Paul for staying strong and sharing your story. Thank for your wonderful wife and boys who stood at your side even though feeling many times neglected. Oh, I could go on and on but one thing I is for sure, everyone should listen to this book. It is beyond worth it! Thank you! <3

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A Fresh Perspective!

This book was great! For the first time in a long time, I feel like I learned something new.

Paul Burrell’s recollections add new elements to a story we all know so well by now.

I am glad I read it.

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Good!

Good account of the princesses life. He may have been alittle infatuated with her, but all in all I believed his story. I respect that he kept her secrets and didn't publish details, as much as we'd all love to hear them.

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cringe worthy adulatory rambling

Would you try another book from Paul Burrell and/or Paul Burrell?

It depends...reading a book, or even more intimately, listening to a book narrated by Paul Burrell is like listening to a relative ranting about politics and life.

What other book might you compare A Royal Duty to and why?

Something by Kitty Kelley

What does Paul Burrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His personality. He's a piece of work.

Did A Royal Duty inspire you to do anything?

I feel like I dipped a toe into a pool of unsavory tell-all instead of memoir that I was hoping to read. So much drama and conflict and rationalization. It's exhausting.

Any additional comments?

The last few chapters about his motivation and justification for writing the book were embarrassing. And bizarre.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • honeybee
  • 05-29-13

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-13

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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  • ELAINE
  • 10-10-17

GREAT READ

I would thoroughly recommend. Feels a real account. I'm glad I waited all these years.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-15

Disappointing

I didn't enjoy this book at all, I feel somewhat let down by the story, it was difficult to listen to

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  • markj
  • 12-05-14

The story we all wanted to know

What did you like most about A Royal Duty?

I liked the apparent honesty of Burrell's description of circumstances and events.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a compelling story, about one of the most interesting figures of the 20th century.

Any additional comments?

No one seems to come out of this unscathed, but it seems clear where Burrell's sympathies lie. I think what struck me most was his enduring loyalty to HM The Queen and the clear insight into her as a sane and highly intelligent woman.

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  • teddi adams
  • 12-28-17

great insight into royal life

Was kept intrigued from the beginning with good narration and interesting facts which govern royal life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

A great insight

I found this book very honest and gained an insight into the royals and the monarch which was fantastic!
The hard times Diana went through was sad, her personality shone through and the relationship Paul had with her was truly special.
Well written and a great tribute.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-17

Amazing journey

Beautifully narrated ! Paul lets you actually feel like you the reader were present and part of his life with his mother and family to the inner world at Buckingham Palace and in Diana's home and life ! He doesn't reveal all the secrets of course and I think holds back some real feelings towards some (especially after the trial) But in all was a real insight to his amazing career and life !

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  • Faith Cox
  • 08-09-17

Infatuation

A well written and read book. Quite compelling. How true one will never know. A story of a man totally infatuated by the Princess of Wales. Not too sure why it should upset anyone as didn't feel it said anything we didn't already know. The point of the Court case is a complete mystery and one wonders what that was all about! His wife is an angel and the true star of the book. Why she put up with his obsession of POW is beyond me! I enjoyed the story but feel it is just that, a story.

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  • Independent Thinker
  • 07-16-17

Fascinating

Really enjoyed this, it was far better than I anticipated. The pace was good and it was full of fascinating little snippets. My Mum started listening to it in the car with me and bought it herself as she was enjpying it so much too.

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  • Peonyrose
  • 02-22-16

Fantastic insightful

What did you like most about A Royal Duty?

Gives a real insight into Princess Diana's life and that of the Royal Family

Which character – as performed by Paul Burrell – was your favourite?

Just awesome

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Couldn't stop listening but have to work, sleep etc