- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Avon (August 4, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060929391
- ISBN-13: 978-0060929398
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Diana I Knew: Loving Memories of the Friendship Between an American Mother and Her Son’s Nanny Who Became the Princess of Wales Mass Market Paperback – August 4, 1999
Find Rare and Collectible Books
Discover rare, signed and first edition books on AbeBooks, an Amazon Company. Learn More on AbeBooks.com.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Shortly after learning of Princess Diana's death in a car crash on August 31, 1997, Mary Robertson was inspired to document her memories of the princess in order to balance the "mean-spirited and critical comments about her in the media coverage and certain books." The Diana Robertson first knew was an unassuming teenager who patiently and diligently cared for Robertson's young son two days a week in 1980. Robertson recalls Diana in detail, describing her first impression: "She was lovely, with perfect English skin, a slight blush on her cheeks, and clear blue eyes.... She looked just like the suburban teenagers I had known in America, only ever so much prettier." She then shares the milestones of her relationship with the future princess--accidentally discovering Diana's lineage, being told by Diana of her burgeoning relationship with Prince Charles, dodging reporters together outside the Robertson home, attending the "wedding of the century," visiting the princess and her sons at Kensington Palace, and, finally, attending the princess's funeral. Robertson's flattering depiction of Diana as a caring woman whose humility belied her background rings true even if the information the writer reveals about her own life is at times unnecessary and excessive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Before she was a princess, Diana Spencer worked as a part-time nanny for an American family, the Robertsons, caring for their young son Patrick. Although employed by the Robertsons for only a short time, Mary Robertson and Diana retained their friendship through letters and occasional visits over 17 years. Mary provides an intimate portrait of Diana, telling of her special gift for working with children, her unpretentious manner, and her legendary poise, noting that Diana became a wife, future queen of England, and mother all in her 20th year. With anecdotes that reveal Diana's boundless generosity and compassion, Robertson idealizes Diana with an effusiveness that becomes tiresome at times. The public's obsession with Diana, however, will ensure this work's popularity in almost any library collection.ASusan McCaffrey, Sturgis Middle Sch., MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
Diana seemed to be extremely polite, unpretentious, and thoughtful but yet was assertive in her desires, even as a teen.
Gives us a glimpse of what the true Diana was really like. Even after becoming the world's most famous and beloved princess she made time to continue corresponding with Mrs Robertson and still missed her son, Patrick, for whom she had been a nanny right before her wedding. It's very obvious that she adored Patrick.
Wonderful change from all the books that seem to want to show Diana in a different light. We all have our moments but looking back it's amazing how she held it all together given her circumstances.
Am not at all a monarchist, despite having tremendous respect and admiration for HM Queen Elizabeth II, but Diana was another to be emulated.
She was not highly educated in a formal sense, yet was brilliant at reading people. She was an incredibly gifted pianist as well as an avid reader of self-help books always trying to improve herself.
Most importantly, she seemed to be a phenomenal mother who loved her 2 sons to no end.
I finished the book with great sadness, knowing that those wonderful years of having her in this world were over forever. No one will ever compare to her. Who knows what would have become of her had she survived.
I'd like to think she'd have continued her charity work, still trying to make a difference somewhere, to someone. To this day her actions have impact on many across the world. What a wonderful legacy!
I was not disappointed! A truly readable and enjoyable book. Diana often was dismissed by critics as a shallow, self-serving woman who only "cared" about people when the cameras and press were recording an event.
Mrs. Robertson refuted this often repeated attack of Diana's character by showing us that behind the scenes and away from the press, Diana continued a warm friendship with this American woman and her family. A common family who could in no way further Diana's reportedly selfish agenda.
The only explanation is that Diana truly was a very warm and caring person. The book captures that simple quality of Diana.
Many books have been written to show the world what the real Diana was supposedly like.
These books deride fans for believing in a media image of Diana and have attacked Diana's every move.
Mrs. Robertson knew the "real" Diana and her memories are refreshing, honest and much in tune with Diana's worldwide image.
Mrs. Robertson's friendship with the Princess of Wales was not based on a phony media image.
Thank you Mrs. Robertson for writing this book and showing us the lovely "inner" Diana.
Diana proved it was possible to be warm, unpretentious, radiant AND royal.
Most recent customer reviews
Point of view from a woman who knew Diana before she became Princess of Wales.Read more