Charles: Victim or Villain?

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9780006530244: Charles: Victim or Villain?

This explosive biography of the Prince of Wales set media headlines alight on hardback publication. Now available complete with an updated epilogue, it will change the way you think about Charles, his Princess and his mistress. As the Prince of Wales turned fifty at the end of 1998, the media focused on the publication of Charles: Victim or Villain?, Penny Junor's controversial biography of the heir to England's throne. Directing the spotlight onto 'the three people' in the Royal marriage, this book has turned popular understanding on its head. But although Junor's unique insight into these endlessly intriguing relationships caused fierce speculation, even outrage, nothing has been denied. Nobody has disputed that this is the true portrait of a marriage. Sourced from those closest to the Prince, the Princess and Camilla -- some of whom have never spoken before -- Penny Junor explodes and explains the popular myths. The result is a provocative new portrait of the man who will be King.

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If you want to hear nice things about Princess Diana, listen to England's Rose: Tribute to Diana or read Andrew Morton's Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words. Penny Junor's controversial bestseller tells another tale. "[Charles] had to put up with years of tantrums and abuse," writes Junor. "Charles cut his friends out of his life at Diana's insistence, and even gave away the dog he loved in an effort to make Diana happy." Junor charges Diana with tricking Charles into marriage; cruelty to her children's nanny; refusal to see the psychiatrist Charles worriedly recommended for her anorexia; beating Charles to the punch in the adultery department; and making phone calls to Camilla in which Diana "would say things like, 'I've sent someone to kill you.... Look out of the window; can you see them?'" Junor quotes Prince William as saying, "Papa doesn't embarrass me. Mama does." While she doesn't paint Charles in fully glowing colors, Junor's portrait of Diana is startlingly harsh. Regarding the "Camillagate" tapes of Charles's crude love talk, which will humiliate the whole family forever, Junor darkly notes that: "The Princess was one of very few people who knew the Prince's mobile telephone number, and it was known that she had been worried about bugging on her own account and had installed some sophisticated equipment at Kensington Palace." How upsetting is this book? Newspapers report that Junor is herself besieged by paparazzi and hate mail and travels with a bodyguard. --Tim Appelo

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Penny Junor is a frequent commentator on the Royal Family on TV and in the press. She is the author of a number of bestselling royal and political biographies.

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Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1999)
ISBN 10: 0006530249 ISBN 13: 9780006530244
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006530249

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