❰Epub❯ ➚ Shadows Of A Princess: An Intimate Account by Her Private Secretary Author Patrick Jephson – Vivefutbol.co

In Lady Diana Spencer Was Destined To Ascend The British Throne, Innocent Young Wife To The Future King Charles III With Her Beauty, Modesty, And Charitable Good Works, She Seemed The Perfect Addition To Bring The Royal Family Into The Twenty First CenturyInstead, She Brought A RevolutionTwenty Years Later, The Comforting Illusion Of Royalty As We Knew It Is Gone Forever Diana Is Dead, The Windsors Are Marginalized And A Chastened Prince Faces The Dilemma Of Being A Very Different Sort Of King Than His People Expected But What Does It Mean To Be Royal Thrown Into Her Role With Little Background For It, Diana Learned The Hard Way This Book Goes Further Than Any Other In Exploring Diana S Growth, From Innocent Schoolgirl To Sometimes Cynical Member Of The World S Most Royal FamilyNo One Knows About Princess Diana S Struggles Than The Author, PD Jephson, Diana S Closest Aide And Adviser During Her Years Of Greatest Public Fame And Deepest Personal Crisis Rooted In Firsthand Experience, Shadows Of A Princess Is The Most Authoritative, Balanced Account We Ever Will Have Of The Woman Who Became An Icon Yet Remains A Contradictory Enigma Viewed From Behind The Scenes During Eight Relentless Years, This Is The Princess In All Her Disguises, As We Never Have Seen Her Before It Is The Story Of Shifting Loyalties, Self Delusion, And Shattered Hope Of Defiance And Wasted Opportunities But It Is Also A Story Of The Laughter And Optimism That Were The Hallmark Of Diana S Alternate Court And A Tantalizing Glimpse Of What Might Have Been


10 thoughts on “Shadows Of A Princess: An Intimate Account by Her Private Secretary

  1. says:

    WHAT an impossible bitch Diana was self absorbed, childish, and not nearly as devoted to her children as we were led to believe by her cunning manipulation of the broadsheet press She used her children, as did Charles, as press pawns, and both she and Charles only saw their children socially rather than in true parenting capacity People who employ nannies really have no idea what it is like to have children Di Charles never had to deal with the daily grind of caring for their children The children were seen only when the parents wanted to see them Jephson paints the most objective picture of Di I ve read to date, and I ve read a lot of books about this woman Don t ask me why, because I don t have an answer It s ironic, really, as he is, to my knowledge, the only author amongst the many Di authors who was born and raised in Ireland You would think he would be blinded with hatred based on Anglo Irish history, but no In prose that is by turns serious, laugh out loud funny, and reflective, Jephson deftly addresses Di s many hang ups as an employer mainly, that she was impossible to work for and was always looking for any excuse whatosever to sack people she d A grown tired of and or B knew too much about the real personality that lurked beneath her expensively groomed exterior.Jephson acknowledges Di s genuine knack for connecting with people, but concedes that she adored attention than comforting others and was unbelievably selfish and petty I was honestly shocked at how horrible she came across sweetly innocuous one moment and a whirling dervish of unmerited cruelty the next She never let her staff lead their own lives she had to be the centre of their existence, or else they were out Di was also prone to self pity despite her lifelong access to incredible privilege Why Because she EXPECTED such privilege It wasn t privilege to her it was her due She moaned and bitched and whined and made life hell for those who worked for her.Most damning of all, she made fun of the people she visited after visiting them Old people were mocked for smelling of pee others were mocked for their endless neediness The irony is staggering The vast majority of Di s visits to unfortunates were founded on her need for media adulation and popular support, rather than stemming from her genuine desire to comfort others.Princess Di sucked I don t think her death was such a tragedy after all Because in the end, she was only out for herself and how many positive news stories she could wrench from the popular press People didn t matter to her what mattered was herself.Three cheers for Jephson for having the courage to say what he really thought without immediately and passive aggressively contradicting himself by pointing out something nice about his employer, as so many Di authors have done.


  2. says:

    I first read this book when it was published in 2000 Now, the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales, has prompted me to read it, avidly, a second time.Patrick Jephson s description of the character and actions of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, acts as the most awful cautionary tale never, ever, to judge a person solely by either their physical beauty or their public persona especially if viewed only through the prism of the journalistic media.My heart reaches out to both to Mr Jephson a private secretary to the late Princess and also to HRH The Prince of Wales For myself I have met the latter, but not the former How awfully those two men have both, in different ways, suffered horribly How sensible Prince William is to now marry for real and time tested, as opposed to arranged, love and to marry a gracious and considerate girl who has been born to, and has grown up with, parents who are happily married One can but speculate that over recent years Prince Charles has not been backward in acting honestly with his sons, to the end that desperately painful lessons from the past are learnt and we trust and pray not repeated.Please DO read this book For any private individual who is in the fortunate position of employing staff, this book offers very sound lessons on how, and importantly how not, to behave within those relationships of responsibility For the general reader, this book glaringly highlights the very real and dreadful destructive dangers which can lurk in self promoting celebrities should a genuine sense of self humility be absent.


  3. says:

    YaaaaaaawnI thought it would be interesting to learn about the everyday workings of a Princess, especially one that has been shrouded in such secrecy and media hype.However, that is all this book is.Mudane, boring account of what Diana did every day Yawn.I feel like the author was hoping to be the next bestseller as he thinks he s giving away secrets of his personal accounts as her secretary Instead, he doesn t tell us anything we didn t already know and he s kind of a dick in the way he describes some unflattering things Diana may or may not, who really know have done.Not worth the time I put in.


  4. says:

    Scrolling through the Goodreads reviews, you ll find reader after reader proclaiming the Princess self absorbed and monstrous, based on this book Read editorial reviews and the opinion of Prince William , you ll see this book described as a hatchet job I found it to be neither.Rather, it s a warts and all portrait of a complicated, immature woman Thrust at age 19 into a position of unimaginable pressure and stress, Diana Spencer had precious few coping skills She was willful and impetuous She had a martyr complex and an unfortunate attraction to psychics and a morbid fascination with predictions of death hers and or Charles.She was also undeniably charismatic A gifted performer and a hard worker Savvy, if not intellectual, and eager to serve Crown and Country She improved many of the lives she touched, and if her motives were not 100% pure, well, whose are What I liked about this book was the workaday aspect of it So this is what goes into a Royal walkabout, a visit to a hospital or senior center, a trip to India I didn t realize how much diplomacy and philanthropy is converted into dollars and cents pounds and pence and can see how the Royal family is worth it to their subjects.What I didn t like about the book was the choice of photos The author mentions specific outfits like what she wore when christened a nuclear submarine or portraits Nelson Shanks painting or controversial news photos Diana slipping into the car of a tabloid reporter to give him a scoop Yet none of these things are shown I don t like a book I have to read with my phone at hand so I can Google the images.


  5. says:

    With the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, I thought that it would be interesting to read this account by Patrick Jephson Jephson served as Diana s private secretary and worked in her household from 1987 until 1996 Going in, I wondered how how much of the book would be a standard tell all as well as how much would be defense of Jephson s own actions While both of these elements are contained in the book, Jephson presents a nuanced portrait of a complicated and imperfect Princess In other words, the major success of the book is that it portrays a real human being with tremendous charisma who grew into her role as Princess of Wales while also addressing her foibles There is no question that Diana transformed the monarchy and brought a humanity to her work that had been lacking with her in laws As someone who had suffered herself, Diana had a unique ability to relate to the downtrodden, homeless, sick, elderly, and young Her charity work with HIV patients made a tremendous difference in the 1980s Jephson celebrates Diana s giftedness and how she grew into her role At the same time, he describes how she could be impetuous, histrionic, selfish, and downright mean to her staff.As someone who works in a career that has some similarities to Jephson s, it was fascinating to read about what was involved in supporting Diana s work I could relate to the near misses, misses, successes, and uncertainty about how a VIP will react in particular situations Sometimes Jephson received high praise, and other times he endured unreasonable criticism Jephson s book presents a fair assessment of Diana and her humanity.


  6. says:

    Boring Too many unnecessary details We get it You were at her beck and call She was moody and sometimes spiteful You traveled the world in style and comfort yet complained you never got a holiday Whine, whine, whine You had a busy job She could be difficult What about all the handwritten words of thanks What about the travel , the obvious perks The book was boring Too many details of too many trips.


  7. says:

    This book may have been tolerable if not for the horrible writing style I don t know how this man organized the princess schedule when he can t even organize his thoughts into a consistent story He jumps from event to event with no consistency or smooth transition it got so bad that I just gave up half way through.


  8. says:

    A warts and all insight into the life of a Private Secretary to the late Diana, Princess of Wales A worthy account of the ups and considerable downs to life in the employ of a fragile, emotionally damaged young woman who was, in essence, in an arranged marriage to a future King.


  9. says:

    Didn t like the book at all I am not a big princess fan but it s funny how author portrays that she liked attention, I mean who wouldn t like attention and she was a princess after all This book is a complete no no for me.


  10. says:

    I did not like his style of writing.