September 4, 2019

A Royal Duty

A Royal DutyA Royal Duty by Paul Burrell, Steve Dennis
Published by Putnam on February 29, 2000
Genres: Biography, History
Pages: 405
Format: Hardcover
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Paul, one of the Queen's personal footmen, met Diana during one of her first visits to Balmoral Castle. And while it may have been fate that brought them together, they shared a strong bond that endured to the end of her life. Burrell became Diana's confidant and his unique perspective casts new light on the Princess of Wales and the events that would shape her life and the lives of those around her. At the time of her death there was much speculation about Diana's future plans including her thoughts about remarrying and the possibility of relocating to America. Paul, who was one of the last people to speak with her, hopes to set the record straight for the Princess he so admired and cherished. Drawing on private conversations, personal recollections, diaries and letters, Paul has written an extraordinary account of a unique time in the history of the Royal Family.

So to start, I have been putting this review off for a while now. Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested and fond of Princess Diana. A little while back, this book was mentioned and I knew I had to read. But I think I was ready for how raw and emotional this book.

Paul had worked his way up in Buckingham Palace to being the Queen’s footman. These he went on to work for the Wales and then Princess Diana herself. Paul and Princess Diana had a very strong friendship bond.

Most of the book covers his time with the Royal family. The latter half deals with his court trial.. Investigators and the Spencer family thought that he had stolen things from Diana. But in the truth, she had gifted them to him and many other members of the household.

There were points where I was happy that the Queen and royal family here different from Princess Diana than what the media had portrayed. But when it came to Paul’s trial it amazed me how fast they turned him.

I really like this book, and I got so emotional over it at the end. The book even got me to put down another Princess Diana book that was mentioned in this one. It was called Diana in Her Own Words. If you have an interest in Princess Diana or the Royal household, I recommend this book for you.

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