Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 20, 2022
Diana, William, and Harry by James Patterson is a very timely book, published soon before the 25th Anniversary of Diana's tragic death in 1997. There are really nice photographs of Diana and Charles at their wedding; William and Harry; and photos of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children; and Harry and Meghan and their children. It begins with the story of Diana's childhood , her wedding to Prince Charles, the births of her sons, her royal tours and work, the marital difficulties, and eventual divorce and separation, and the effects of Charles and Diana's respective television interviews (Charles in 1994 and Diana in 1995). After Diana's death, the author writes about William and Harry as they complete their educations, serve in the military, and espouse some of their mother's causes. The story of William and Harry is told from their births to ca. Summer 2022. Patterson recounts the story based on resources including interviews of Diana, Charles, and their sons, among other sources. Patterson's book is very positive and upbeat, compared to some of the recent books about the royals. There are some quibbles, for instance the Spencer Tiara is passed down the line to the eldest son, it is doubtful Princess Charlotte would inherit it. The current Earl Spencer would need to lend the tiara to a relative for use-- to his daughters and his sons' future wives and to his nieces and nephews. Diana had the Spencer tiara lent to her by Earl John Spencer (her father) to wear at her wedding to Charles. Prince Charles is said to have applauded (according to the author) Charles Spencer's speech about Diana at the funeral; which is doubtful because Charles and Spencer were not getting along that day and Charles had negative feelings about the eulogy and Charles was influential in having Diana's HRH removed in the divorce settlement. I also think there should have been more coverage of Diana's relationship with Dr. Khan; they had a serious relationship and Diana was the one who broke up with him because he did not want to "go public" with the relationship. After she died, he told the media he loved her and had tried to contact her late in August 1997. This book is recommended to those interested in the late Princess.