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Charles: The Untold Story

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9780312109509: Charles: The Untold Story

Everyone knows the public Prince Charles: the stoic, dutiful Prince, solemn and well-behaved even as a child, who had one of the most spectacular weddings - and one of the most shocking separations - of all time. But very few know the real Prince Charles, or the true story of what tore him and his fairytale princess apart. Was Charles ever in love with Diana at all? And what is the truth behind the rumors about Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles?
Ross Benson, who first came to know Prince Charles at boarding school over thirty years ago, draws upon both his personal knowledge of the Prince and his exclusive sources close to the Royal Family to present the most intimate portrait of Charles ever published. Here is Charles - from the neglected child shuttled from house to house with the nanny, to the quiet schoolboy, bullied by his father to become an "action man," whom no one would befriend for fear of ridicule, to Charles the man, trying desperately to find a loving relationship with someone who is also fit to be Queen. And here, in a series of startling revelations, is an eye-opening portrait of Charles's disastrous marriage to Lady Diana Spencer. Written with sympathy but also with remarkable frankness, Charles: The Untold Story explodes many myths about both Charles and Diana to reveal the real people behind the titles.

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This biography of the Prince of Wales is at once foolish and poignant--and how could it be otherwise, since the man who would be king has established that reputation himself. Benson, a columnist for the London Express and a former classmate of the prince at Gordonstoun in the wilds of Scotland, recalls how the students there made great sport of following the heir-apparent in packs taunting him with "clamorous slurping noises." We also read that throughout the prince's youth his parents were distant from him, that he was a latch-key kid with only his nannies to change his nappies. Denial of parental affection, the author suggests, left a "resonating hollow in his life." Benson trails the prince from his nursery years to that of his mother's annus horribilis , titillating us with anecdotes purportedly told by "members of the household" without making clear whether the tales he repeats were gleaned by him or learned third hand. But we've heard it all before, in any case.
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