This book was a big disappointment I guess there's quite an up side to not be wealthy, not having servants, and not being subject to this sort of tell-all book. I would feel so betrayed! Feb 13, Helen rated it it was ok. The author does come off as mean spirited and that is why I only gave it three stars. She seemed very high and mighty given the fact she was only a housekeeper. Nov 03, Deb Stratas rated it it was amazing.
Covering the 5 years leading up to the separation in , it's written by the Highgrove housekeeper - Mary Berry. She tries hard to be fair to both Charles and Diana as she recounts the unraveling of the royal marriage.
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Banned in Britain, it's a great insider story of the Wales' marriage - from a member of staff. I highly recommend it! May 17, Mary Narkiewicz rated it liked it. A very interesting book about Charles and Diana and Royal family doings.. An eye opener.
Jul 23, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: own , real-life-royalty , read-in Very catty. Written before Diana died, so I wonder if Berry has any regrets. Jun 26, Rose rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very interesting and detailed Diary by Wendy Berry, I'm quite shocked at how spiteful and vicious Diana could be, not to mention quite rude to her staff.
Aug 09, Carissa rated it liked it. This was certainly less biased toward Diana, but it really didn't flatter any of the royals. Feb 28, Michelle Akers-dicken rated it it was ok Shelves: own , non-fiction , memoir , historical. Interesting to read events written while the Princess was alive and living with Prince Charles. I found Wendy Berry's accounting of privileged "insider's" information a little disloyal and at times I was uncomfortable with it. This was a strange reaction , I'll admit, because these trashy books were written to satisfy the public's appetite for anything "royal".
I'm the guilty public! Anyway, at some points during the book, Wendy Berry seemed to be sympathetic to Prince Charles while pretending t Interesting to read events written while the Princess was alive and living with Prince Charles. Anyway, at some points during the book, Wendy Berry seemed to be sympathetic to Prince Charles while pretending to be a friend to Princess Diana. To me, this was sickening. However, toward the end, Ms. Berry was disillusioned by the Prince because she was handed her "walking papers" Yet the prince hired her replacement!
Berry made sure the reader knew that the Prince seemed to be more personable on her last day and seemed to really like her as opposed to the reaction he had when Diana's butler, Paul Burrell good riddance! Prince Charles apparently gave Ms. Berry an open invitation to come back to Highgrove anytime she wanted. She wanted us to know this. If I were to believe everything she said, I'd believe Princess Diana should have been placed in a mental institution. Thinking back to the early 's, isn't this what the PR for the royal's wanted us to believe?
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I was even more sympathetic toward Princess Diana's married years and the lack of love, respect and understanding she received from the royal family. It was sad.
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I can't recommend this book because I feel like there wasn't any new information. There was SO much name dropping and I think unless you were part of the English Aristocracy, you might not know who these people are. I can understand why Ms. Berry was upset about her abrupt dismissal but it still gave me a "wrong" feeling that she was so willing to cash in on the secrets she learned. She was upset about being terminated but throughout the book she hinted that she was getting ready to retire or quit because the emotional strain was just too much for her.
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I don't know that Wendy Berry was a believable source of information. The book seemed to be an act of revenge.
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Sep 14, Lisa rated it liked it. The banner across the front of the book says "Banned in Britain! Dianna had it hard for going into this so young. I think if she had some GOOD help in understanding herself and marriage. Skip to main content. About this product. New other.
Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. See details. Buy It Now. Add to cart. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart. Any Condition Any Condition. Miss Berry, a grandmother, claims she has spent all her earnings because she was forced to live abroad - first in Canada and then in Ireland - to avoid arrest. Because of her age and her family problems, however, Prince Charles has now decided to show her mercy. Prince Charles had obtained an injunction in October , which is still valid and entitles him to all profits from Miss Berry's book.
In reaching his decision, the Prince knew that he might have been accused of being heavy handed if he had taken legal action against Miss Berry, after Buckingham Palace decided not to act against Patrick Jephson, the former private secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales. Mr Jephson's new book, Shadows of a Princess, is published tomorrow and portrays his former employer as a scheming, lying rebel.
Mr Jephson escaped the threat of legal action against him because he had been encouraged to write the book by senior members of the Royal household and he had worked part of the time without signing a confidentiality agreement. A spokesman for St James's Palace said yesterday: "The Prince of Wales does not condone Wendy Berry's book but, in the light of her present personal circumstances, we are not proposing to take any further action and have told her by letter. However, we reserve our right to take action should she seek to disclose any further information. Terms and Conditions.