The Diana Chronicles
Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? Only Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could...more
If I learned anything from this massive gossip rag is that the royal family are a bunch of vapid, self-absorbed, spoiled, attention-seeking, messy people who can't keep it in their pants. Which makes me question why some (cough *kate middleton*cough*meghan markle*cough) are so keen on being a part of this pathetic circus. It takes a certain kind of person to crave this life.
Going to catch up on Crown next.
By the end I was thoroughly sick of Diana and Charles, neither of whom had/has a bit of sense. They both seemed smart enough, in different ways, but totally spoiled and not a bit strategic. I get the sense Brown was tired of them as well, a ...more
Brown's work starts out with such promise. She offers an insightful look at not only the development of Diana from small, shy child to media mogul, but also the changing face of the British press and media from the late 60s onwards. This well-written discussion lasts for the first 200 pages or so. Once Diana and Charles say "I Do", it's back to business as usual as Brown rehashes the same old cover stories, photo ops, and leaked phone recordings. She almost pulls it back together at the ...more
The book was okay. It's a pretty thorough examination of the Diana phenomenon, and it's well enough written for something of this sort, but in the end, it's just glorified celebrity gossip. The book tries hard to make us see that how the British feel about the monarchy is an important. I guess it is...to the British ...more
My fascination with Diana stemmed from childhood- there was a paper doll set involved, as well as the word "princess." I recall hearing about her divorce from Charles. I was sad when she died. But I didn't really know anything about her. Now I do.
Most interesting, I thought, were the chapters on her backgroun ...more
I eventually gave up when the author imagined what Diana “might have responded” to an insult thrown at her by Charles, because if I’d wanted to read imagined responses I’d probably have picked up some historical fiction.
I’m sure Tina Brown did an absolute power of research for this book and there’s no taking away from the thoroughness with which s ...more
It’s been too long since I finished this to remember why it got three stars in the end and not two. My lasting feelings about this book are generally dislike. It just wasn’t as exciting as it could’ve been. When it’s a story about a very interesting person. I learned a lot about the royal family. But too much about the things I didn’t care about and not enough about the behind the scenes types of things I wanted I guess. Diana seemed like a sad person. But as a kid when she died I rem ...more
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I read this on my brother's recommendation. While it was informative and explained a lot, i'M still trying to figure out why the rules are so different for those of us who work for our money and those who play for theirs and live their lives "abroad." I'm not talking royal protocol here. I'm talking values, ethics, authenticity, love, family, etc. And not just the rules, but how they play the ...more
There are few who could delve as successfully into Princess Di's life as the celebrated Tina Brown, who combines her journalistic savvy with the gossip only an insider could know. While she stresses Diana's role in changing the relationship between the press and the House of Windsor, Brown offers plenty of juicy details, "varying from credible to melodramatic to weirdly sitcomlike" (New York Times)
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It's well-written tough. And I'll re-rate it when I can finally get through the whole thing.
This time, as usual, the situation was doomed, but for a novel reason.
With the Windsors, she was suitable but not desired. With the Khans, she was desired but not suitable.”