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The Queen & Di: The Untold Story

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As the editor of Majesty magazine, author Ingrid Seward developed professional and personal relationships with the royal family. In "The Queen & DI," we discover a surprising portrait of the British monarch and the princess, contradicting what the press has previously reported: a fragile Diana battling an unfeeling mother-in-law. And we glimpse much more of the inner ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Arcade Publishing (first published 2000)
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Oct 04, 2013 Kara rated it did not like it
This book is not very good. It is written to support the royalist line against Diana. The author is a snob, & her justifications of the royal family stretch credulity. For example Anne is a disagreeable person. When Diana first met her at Windsor castle, Diana kneeled to her, as Diana was a lady at the time. Anne refused to acknowledge her in any way, according to the author looking right past her, Diana fled in tears. This was Diana's fault, as Anne didn't like ceremony. The direct quote ...more
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Jun 17, 2012 Kim Bolton rated it really liked it
I have read several biographies of Princess Diana including this one and I have to say that my opinion of Princess Diana has drastically changed. Many writers are now revising their opinion of Diana's character since her death in 1997. I was appalled by what she put her eldest son through and the things she revealed to him that a young adolescent should not be exposed to, no matter what their station in life. While appearing to be a very caring person to the world public, which I'm sure she ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Graceann rated it it was ok
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Ingrid Seward has written a great deal about the royal family, and spent many years as editor of "Majesty" Magazine, so she knows the ins and outs. I suspect her closeness to the subject has caused her to lose her objectivity, however. Instead of a researched portrait of two complex women navigating their relationship, we receive a largely anti-Diana tome with liberal doses of name-dropping (as in "when Charles and I had tea together at Highgrove, he said...") just to make sure the reader ...more
Sep 04, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
This was interesting to me, but it was kind of a hatchet job on Diana. I think she certainly had feet of clay but this book makes her seem deranged at times.
Leslie Goddard
May 26, 2016 Leslie Goddard rated it liked it
A very engaging story, well-researched and fascinating to read. I agree with those critics who say she's pretty harsh on Diana -- but on the other hand most media coverage of Diana swung heavily in the other direction. Still she uses words like "giggle" to describe Diana's laugh and has Diana crying throughout most of the book, as well as other things that tend to disparage Diana at the expense of acknowledging any positive qualities.
Jun 10, 2010 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did think that this book was true. I felt that it was accurate as to how life was as a royal. No one really helped Diana. For instance, on her first Christmas in the family. She bought extravagant gifts for all. The family has a tradition of getting the very cheapest gifts. Now why didn't someone tell her that? Like her husband? I felt that this book presented both sides.
Kristy Hoffman
Mar 29, 2015 Kristy Hoffman rated it liked it
Seemed really biased against Diana...I realize she was no saint but it does seem rather ignorant to bash her now. Yes I am a fan of Diana and am sad she is gone. It's a shame she never got a chance to work her issues out and find happiness in her life...I do believe she was good at heart and genuinely cared about people.
May 25, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok
It was an interesting perspective on Diana, painting her as manipulative and quite mentally ill. While I am sure she did live up to her public persona, I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between.
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