Prince Charles - Sally Bedell Smith

Prince Charles

By Sally Bedell Smith

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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From 69 Ratings

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “masterly account” (The Wall Street Journal) of the life and loves of King Charles III, Britain’s first king since 1952, shedding light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne

Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at the man who was the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography—the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time—is the first authoritative treatment of Charles’s life.

Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren.

Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role, living a life dictated by protocols he often struggles to obey. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.

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Reviews

  • Eyeopening and In-Depth Account

    5
    By MollySage
    It was hard to reach the end of this book. I loved all the stories and information. One thing was inaccurate though, we all cared about Diana and would never say anything to the contrary in California.
  • Excellent

    5
    By TomB-11
    Insightful, balanced perspective. An interesting look into one of the leading figures of our time who is often not particularly well understood. Sally Bendell Smith offers an interesting perspective on Prince Charles as well as other members of the royal family.

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