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Junor presents the story of Prince William from his birth to his wedding to Kate Middleton and their first few months together as a couple. She devotes the first 100 pages about William's upbringing. I found it odd that she writes: "But Diana didn't know how to be a mother...she had never been successfully mothered herself and therefore had a skewed view of motherhood." Really and how is this known? Charles complained to his biographer Dimbleby about his upbringing also but Junor never accuses Charels about his not knowing how to be a father. Obviously William and Harry don't agree with Ms Junor's statement and later on in the book William and Harry are quoted as praising their mother to the skies. Harry quoted as saying: "She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for usto go unspoken or undemonstrated." William was quoted as saying: "We were lucky to have her as our mother." Obviously Ms Junor disagrees with the two people who were raised by Diana, her sons. I think Junor in her zest to do a hatchet job disregards her sons take on their mother.
Also, incredibly Junor absolves Charles of blame for returning to his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles when the marriage was "irretrievably broken down.Read more ›
The sources were good and interesting like former press secretaries' for the Wales' and school masters/professors. Junor aptly points out that the undeniable fact that William had very dysfunctional parents, was old enough to know what was going on during the War of the Wales, combined with inner household turmoil the boys undoubtedly felt, and how that affected him as a person. The book sheds light on how he turned out pretty well-adjusted considering the circumstances.
It spoke volumes that one of the most upsetting photos for William was him carrying groceries home at St. Andrews. The guy really just wanted to carry groceries home and be left alone except when he is in public for official capacities. He studied at the police station at times to get some peace and quiet.
I don't think the book was Diana bashing, as in other reviews. As child of the 80's, I had Diana fever like everyone else.Though Junor focused on the Princess in a more negative light but her points were valid. Being an adult now, I appreciate that an uneducated 19 year old woman when she was married, with some clear psychiatric issues (bulimia, self harm) and an unstable childhood, Diana was probably not an easy person to live with or have as a mother, though she had an excellent public persona and did great work for charity. But Junor also points out Charles' flaws as well.
William always gravitated towards normal well-grounded people and families and that Kate Middleton helps meet that need. Being a child of parents who worked and made their fortune, she doesn't have the elitist accent and grew up in fairly normal family. It's William desire and strive toward normalcy, and clearly having learned from the mistakes of both his parents, that has made him the likeable figure he is today.
The media has led me to love William and Kate and be disgusted with Charles. While the book PRINCE WILLIAM: THE MAN WHO WILL BE KING has fueled an even higher regard for William and Kate, it has raised my esteem for Charles considerably. As a child, even as an adult for that matter, his emotional needs were seldom met. Unfortunately Diana was even more emotionally needy, hoping, perhaps expecting, to receive help from her new family to boost her feelings of adequacy. Alas, that is not the way of the royals. Without giving too much away, I feel that I gained more insight into the contemporary monarchy of Great Britain, and it is very interesting.
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I admit I did nor finish this book. I thought I was getting a book about Prince William. Instead it is another opportunity for Juror to bash Princess Diana. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brazil Lady
Some old information in the book. Know it now is a little dated. But a good read - about the future king of Great BritianPublished 11 months ago by Laura L. Rasmussen
This book about Prince William seemed to be about him and Kate, but the the author had her dagger out and rey to praise Charles and cut out Diana's heart. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Allen
Great. It told all sides of the story about Diana's death. A different side of Charles. Very interesting.Published 16 months ago by Jay Johns
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