- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books; First Edition edition (September 2, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843170051
- ISBN-13: 978-1843170051
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book operates on two levels, both as a chronicle of crucial events in Diana's bumpy personal and professional life from a relatively objective angle, as well as insight into how the London police protect the royal family. For most of the book, Wharfe is highly positive about Diana, describing her uncanny knack for relating to the needy, and he is critical of Charles. The author argues that tales of her being psychotic are highly exaggerated. Despite his spirited defense of Diana's mental health, one gets the impression that this was an extremely unstable woman with whom no one could maintain a normal professional or personal relationship. It seems every anecdote involves avoiding her angry outbursts or assuaging her fragile ego.
This perspective on Diana's life was spellbinding, but I was even more fascinated by the insight into how the London police protect the royals. 'Protection officers' are expected to get close on a personal level to their protectees in order to gain their trust - an approach fraught with problems. Wharfe describes engaging in horseplay with Diana's sons, becoming essentially a surrogate father to them and a sort of platonic-husband figure to Diana. Although Wharfe sneers at the US Secret Service, the London police could do worse than to emulate their more emotionally detached approach to personal protection.
The book is well written and easy to read. Wharfe gives a very balanced portrait of Diana - not skimming over her faults but also not dwelling on them (in contrast to Patrick Jephson's book which covers a similar timespan). Overall Wharfe's relationship with the Princess was clearly close, warm and for the most part, one of mutual trust and admiration. In many ways he was part of the Wales family for several years and became very close to the young Princes.
This account is very informative and also has some great snippets of gossip, particularly in relation to the breakdown of the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about what Diana was really like. This is definitely the most informative and intimate book that I have read about her.
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I liked this book and liked Ken's take on this, believed him and agreed on the difference between LEO's and security workers wish he told more... Read morePublished 17 days ago by honorsyaya
Yes I enjoyed the book. which was protectively packaged and received on time. Thank You John.Published 6 months ago by John
An overall honest report though I think he takes the "official" position on the matter of Diana's assassination, which is to deny it despite the overwhelming evidence... Read morePublished 9 months ago by vivian f.
This book was interesting in that it exposed Burrell as possibly a liar. I love the story of Burrell crying at the feet of Diana holding her ankles begging forgiveness after she... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Troy Preble
Very very nice condition. This was a gift for my daughter. She commented it will be very interesting to read.Published on December 28, 2013 by gmberry
Thanks Ken Wharfe for writing a honest book about our Diana. She was a lovely lady and your book honored her.Published on September 20, 2013 by Skye
I think I would rather have not read the book. There was
much to admire in Diana. I am sorry I bought the book.