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Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  17,999 ratings  ·  865 reviews
In a shocking, headline-making story (coming as an NBC TV movie), Andrew Morton goes beyond speculation to present the facts about Princess Diana and her royal marriage--written with the full cooperation and support of Diana's family and friends, who speak freely in a sizzling, insider's tell-all. "Startlingly candid".--People. Includes never-before-seen photographs. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Pocket (first published 2004)
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Lillian Saade I couldn't finish this book, first chapter, when used Diana's own to talk about her life, was OK. but when the writer started to talk in very detaile…more I couldn't finish this book, first chapter, when used Diana's own to talk about her life, was OK. but when the writer started to talk in very detailed way it was boring and more like a gossiping or soap opera.(less)
Summer (speaking_bookish) It talks about her life in great detail including quite a bit about her charity work, yes.

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My heart, it bleeds...

This is easily the best biography I've ever read. And it's been a long time coming. Ever since I heard of this I've wanted to read it. It just so happens that I was recently in St John's and stopped to browse a local used bookshop, inside which I found a pristine copy of the book. It is also fitting that I read it during the summer that is the 20th anniversary of her death.

There is so much about this woman that I did not know. Or, if I knew it, I didn't know the extent to w
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I read this book when it came out it would have been a solid 5 stars. It would be that for being the first in its kind; the way it was done by sneaking the questions and answers out of Kensington Palace via a recorder and some cassette tapes and a sheet of questions.

This book by Andrew Morton did pave the way to other books that came after it. It gave a voice to those who couldn't because of tradition or rules.

This book read 20 years after the death of Diana, while the content of this book
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies, classics
I've always been interested in Princess Diana but at the height of her publicity, I was still too young to have any other impression of her than those of fairy tales, a handsome prince and his princess. Then she died and the hype and mystery surrounding her death also kept me captivated for a while. I didn't think to read anything about her until a friend mentioned recently that he wanted to (thanks Mostafa). I figured now, as an adult, was a good time to read her story, understand the facts, an ...more
Jared Anderson
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I realize that this is a one-sided story. There is going to be a bias. While the author did try to lay blame on Diana when it was due at times, it really was a sharp criticism of the Prince of Wales.

I'm a monarchy buff, so I love this stuff. Having read the Queen's biography by Sally Bedell Smith, it was interesting seeing information from both sides. This account sheds light on how the Queen did see Diana as a threat to the royal family, not power-wise but systemically. She broke some
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biog-memoir, 2011
Interesting in the beginning, but it dragged on too long, and was ridiculously repetitive. (Some events, names, and titles were mentioned numerous times. "I know," I'd think, "you already said that. SIX TIMES!") Hard to follow chronologically because the chapters seemed to incorporate events that followed the current theme the author was addressing. I wasn't always sure where I was chronologically when I was reading. All of this made for a very slow progression which became tedious towards the e ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.

I'll admit it: I'm a bit behind the times with this book. I had never heard of it until I was browsing my library's online downloadable audiobook catalogue and saw this as an option. It wasn't until I started listening to it that I found out the story behind this book. Diana, basically, wanted her words to get out and to set down her story before Prince Charles could. So, she worked with Morton and someone else. Morton gave the questions he
Shaun Attwood
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A harrowing read, which opened my eyes to the suffering Diana went through, including Charles cheating on her with Camilla even before he married Diana. Really exposes the sinister behaviour of the Royal Family.
During her lifetime,whatever happened to Princess Diana was big news.She helped things along,by constantly making news herself,her troubled relationship with Charles and the royal family,and her numerous love affairs.She helped Andrew Morton write this controversial book,about her troubles,and it created quite a stir when it came out,while she was still part of the royal family.Sensational,and interesting. (3 stars).
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Blah! This book leaves the reader wondering who was more at fault for the Windsor's marriage failure. From what this author writes, it had nothing to do with Diana's immaturity, bulimia, half-hearted suicide attempts, intellectual capacity (or lack thereof), or her extra-marital affairs. The whole fault lay with Charles and his philandering with Camilla. Isn't it always the guy's fault? :)

The bottom line is that if a person is not born into the public spotlight, it's a tough lifestyle to adapt
Joa Bartolome
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
An easy read though slightly boring and repetitive. I'm not really sure about the word "true" from the title though, as this book is extremely one-sided and highly critical of Charles, with Diana being the victim all throughout. But then again, this is the closest glimpse we'll ever have of Diana's autobiography so it's a must-read if you're interested in somehow filling the gaps. ...more
Ashley Marie
Aug 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: royalty, craptastic
Tabloid fodder, that's all this feels like. Thankfully my copy wasn't the overblown 300-400+ pages in the mass market paperback, I don't think I could've gotten through it otherwise. Full of spelling mistakes; it's easy to see how utterly rushed this was. I'm sure it was much more sensational when it was first published, before Diana and Charles divorced. I didn't learn anything new from it and I honestly feel guilty for owning it. A person's life isn't meant to be judged and picked over so inte ...more
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fascinating & heartbreaking are the best to words fo describe Diana’s story. She was a woman of contradictions and perhaps the only down-to-earth royal in many generations. I really enjoyed this book even when my heart ached for her.
Amy W
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I can't remember being aware of Diana before her death in 1997. As a 9-year-old I woke up bright and early on that Saturday ready to watch the morning cartoons as usual. Instead what I found was rolling news footage of some woman who had died in a car crash. Flicking through the channels and realising the cartoons weren't coming, I headed upstairs to my parents' bedroom in a huff. Waking them up I announced, "There's nothing on, it's all 'oh nooo Princess Diana's dead'". The reaction from my par ...more
What a sad book. I grew up with Diana as the "People's Princess." I remember my mom waking my sister and I up so early those many years ago to watch the royal wedding. Like so many in the world, I watched Diana through the years with fascination and admiration. I wept when her life was cut tragically short just as it seemed she had found happiness in so many areas of her life.

This is the updated edition that came out after her death. Morton adds context to how he gathered the information for her
I read the original however long ago it was. This was broken up into the original 'in her own words', an editorial of the original timeline and a post publication and her death.
It was horribly exploitative. I was a lot younger when I read this the first time. Now I just feel sorry for Diana.
I think that a better title for this book would be “The Tribulations of Princess Diana”. It is a bleak and depressing book, yet I couldn’t stop reading it. Also, I should mention that I read a 1993 edition of this book which was published before Diana divorced Charles. It was certainly a bit strange reading about a dead person as if she were alive.
Of course, the book was informative and held my interest constantly, there were even funny/feel-good scenes in it, but the main reason why I can’t rat
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fiction
I'm not usually one for celebrity biographies or memoirs, but when I read that this biography of Diana was based upon her own words, my curiosity got the best of me. I'm old enough to remember Diana as the mistreated royal and to have been affected by her death. I found this book fascinating not only as a way to find out the facts about her marriage and life as a royal, but as I learned more about Diana's childhood and personality, I couldn't help but try and understand her motives and psyche.
May 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
My wife got this for Christmas......and I read it sometime later when I was bored. I remained bored.
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
rip princess diana. you would’ve loved seeing charles getting trashed in the crown and taylor swift’s tolerate it.
Roxanne Hayes
Watching The Crown inspired me to read this! Read this if you would like to know a lot of the personal details of Diana s life. Quite interesting for the fact that she authorized it and worked with the author, Andrew Morton. Ultimately very sad to learn how trapped she was by the royal way of life and a man who didn t love her.
Kelli V Spann
I’m not sure if recent events add credibility to this story and/or the newest duchess took a page of this book for her own. Perhaps she is a better actress than some thought? Needless to say, recognizing that there are always two (or more) sides to every story, this one is ripe for drama and falls on a public with very fertile ears. We just cannot seem to get enough of our Royal Drama, and this novel is full of it. There are few people over the age of thirty not intimately familiar with the trag ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a woman. What a life. What pain, yet what love. This is a really complete account of everything Lady Diana went through, and with her own testimony, which is so important and functional to understanding everything she had to go through.

Even though the author repeated himself too many times (at times he re-introduced characters he had already introduced several times, or presented information as new when he had already shared it) it was very detailed and seemingly pretty partial, considerin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, biography, 2021
This would only be of interest to people who are into the the British Monarchy but if you are a Royal-watcher then this is probably a must read. The book was broken into three parts - transcripts of Diana, Andre Morton's retelling of those transcripts (which at times was incredibly repetitive but I suppose that will help me remember it?) and then the update of life after Diana's death. I lived through it all so most of it was vaguely familiar but there is a very good sense here of how Diana felt ...more
Cari Vazquez
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an inspiring woman.
"Every family has a secret and the secret is it is not like any other family." - Alan Bennett, pg. 146

This book was supremely engaging; I found that I could not, quite literally, put it down. In the two days it took for me to finish it, I read it at the gym (deliberately choosing the stationary bike rather than my usual treadmill), in the bathroom while brushing my teeth, at the breakfast table, and even during a hockey game. I stayed up late both nights just to read another chapter, because I w
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty fascinating and made for a great book club discussion.

The writing of the book felt weird. First you listen to a transcript of Diana, in her exact words, taken from tape recordings. Its very choppy and all over the place, but obviously couldn't be helped since they were her exact words.

Then in part two, you hear about the exact same events that Diana already told you about, but this time fleshed out with more background detail and quotes from family and friends. So it felt rather repetit
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started this book with a hope and finished it with a smile on me face. The last chapter, 'I did my best', perfectly closes the biography and gave me the kind of inspiration I was looking for. I read non fiction after a long time and I don't know whether my review can compare it with other biographies of Princess Diana... but I took in every word of this book (which is the reason it took me 30 days to read 158 pages :p ) and saw astounding parallels with the life an ordinary Pakistani woman. I ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-own-picks
I'm one of those people that was, and continues to be, fascinated by Diana. This book was an interesting one bc it was written before her death and even before her divorce was finalized! I enjoyed getting to (supposedly) get a look into her everyday life from childhood to acting as Princess. We will never know everything about this enchanting woman, but it won't stop us from trying. I would really like to find another biography about Diana that is up-to-date and regarded as at least somewhat rel ...more
Deb Stratas
The closest thing to an autobiography of Princess Diana we'll ever have, this is the most famous bestseller, ghostwritten by Diana herself. An instant worldwide sensation, this bio rocked and shocked the world with the revelations of affairs, suicide attempts, bulimia and a marriage in a state of misery. At times melodramatic, and probably not always accurate - it's nonetheless a fascinating read. Updated after the twentieth anniversary of Diana's death, Morton keeps her memory alive with this e ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, favorites
A compulsively readable book, most famous for the stir the original version caused when Diana, Princess of Wales, secretly provided interviews in order to get her side of the story out to the public c 1992.
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Andrew David Morton (born 1953) is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York T ...more

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