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Summary

Reissued for the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, this sensational best seller is an explosive account of her life, from the man who was by her side throughout its most turbulent period.

In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was seen by many as a lifeline for the outdated Windsor line. But Diana didn't follow the script. Instead she brought a revolution.

Patrick Jephson was Diana's closest aide and adviser during her years of greatest public fame and deepest personal crisis. He witnessed the disintegration of her marriage to Prince Charles and the negotiation of the royal divorce.

Rooted in unique firsthand experience, Shadows of a Princess is an authoritative, balanced account of one of the world's most famous and tragic women.

©2000, 2017 Prospect Media Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"The most indelible, authentic word-portrait ever painted of the People's Princess." ( The Daily Mail)
"Never has so senior a servant of the Royal Family decided to reveal his secrets and rarely has one witnessed such turbulent times." ( The Times)
"Jephson's revelations are important. They are a stark corrective to the baroque fantasies constructed around the Princess immediately after her death." ( Evening Standard)

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Story of a person who is like anyone else

I read few books about Princess Diana as I wanted to understand her as a royal and as a person. If it is your first book about Princess Diana, you should read few others too by different authors. Each book I read portray her from different perspectives and this one, in particular, shows her kinda "bad" side. What I am trying to say is that be prepared or willing to read other books about her as well or do not read any. She is a quite complicated person, or she is just pure Narcissistic personality, or she is a snob. Reading other books will help you understand for yourself who she was.

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  • mary jo jacobi
  • 17-08-17

Great book, great voice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, he tells the story wonderfully.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows of a Princess?

Diana in New York

Which scene was your favorite?

The anti-nuke protestors

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

She should have been Queen

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  • Karla Huntsman
  • 09-06-18

Honest and balanced Diana account

Have you ever read a book that makes you want to just sit down with the author and really talk? This account makes me want to spend a long evening with Patrick Jephson and philosophize about what might have been, had his boss made different choices.

Do not expect a gushy recounting of the lurid details of Diana's private life. Rather, this is a firsthand look of what she was like as a working member of the royal family in the turbulent years surrounding her separation and divorce. As her equerry and later private secretary, Jephson gives a tantalizing look at what it is like to run the day to day details of the life of the most famous woman in the world.

His occasional tendency to wander into mind numbing detail and drawn out reflection is the book's only fault. However he receives all forgiveness in my eyes for his ability to be perfectly candid about the Princess. Here is complete honesty about her strengths and weaknesses in equal measure from first hand observation, not supposition or armchair psychology.

After listening, one feels like they understand Diana...and those close to her...in a new way. Jephson offers no excuse for her often bewildering behavior, but he also accurately portrays the unique and extreme challenges that she faced so that her actions are placed in context. This is probably the most balanced account out there of the complex Princess.

I enjoyed reading the book, and listening to it read by the author was even better. A new chapter at the end is a pleasant surprise and welcome addition as the original edition ended far too abruptly. If you want to draw your own conclusions about what the princess was really like, without having an author cast her in a premade role of angel or devil, this is the book for you!

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  • Gina M. Fischer
  • 30-08-17

Story appears to be against the beautiful person Diana was

Will not finish this book and will get my money back to purchase the real story of Diana in her own words!

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