13 Best Books About Princess Diana to Learn More About the People’s Princess
There are two types of Princess Di fans: those who got up super early to see the 1981 royal wedding, then did it again to cry buckets during their 1997 funeral, and later bought the purple beanie baby that bore her name. Then there are those who only recently got on the fandom train thanks to season four of The Crown. Welcome to those of you who are just coming to this party: the drama is sharp, the outfits are fabulous, and the story is the stuff of legends.
If you’re looking for more information on what it really was like for Diana to move within the inner circle of Windsor, you’re in luck. She spilled the royal tea in the biography Diana: Her True Story – in her own words, written by Andrew Morton, who likely briefed part of the TV show. But there are a lot more books about Princess Diana that this came from, including stories from people she knew well and even fictional accounts taken from the headlines we all devoured at the time. Consider the following on your royal reading list if you’re not ready to leave the Windsor grounds behind you.
Diana: your real story
This raw, convincing biography caused great drama when it came out because Diana had secretly taped herself and sent the tapes to Morton through an intermediary. It pulled back the curtain on Diana and the most mysterious royal family. This is a must for Diana fans.
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The Diana Chronicles
This book was written by the former editors of Vanity Fair and Tatler and is based on 250 in-depth interviews with those closest to the deceased princess. This juicy band delves into the cast of women who surrounded them, from their own mother and stepmother to the enigmatic queen, the bad girl Fergie, and the other woman, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Memory of Diana: A Life in Photographs
If you’re also obsessed with Diana’s fashion style (and who isn’t?), This gorgeous coffee table book documents the most memorable moments in her too short life. More than 100 photographs from her childhood through her advertising, royal wedding and work during her tenure give us a glimpse into her life.
Diana: A closely guarded secret
Inspector Ken Wharfe
Diana’s bodyguard knew her better than most of the others, as it was literally his job to stay with her. This bio offers an inside look at her troubled years in the royal family from someone who was there for the whole thing.
The Diana I knew: fond memories of the friendship between an American mother and the nanny of her son who became the Princess of Wales
Back when she was Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales was babysitting Robertson’s son. The American businesswoman and Diana eventually became lifelong friends, giving her an intimate perspective on Dis’s youth and the qualities she retained even as her life changed.
Diana dress up
Tim Graham and Tamsin Blanchard
Diana turned her head almost every time she stepped outside, and for good reason. This collection focuses on their fabulous outfits that still inspire our closets today.
Diana: Finally the full story
As a career biographer, Bradford revealed the stories of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace, and even Jackie Kennedy. While her version is less noticeable than some of the other reports on this list, it offers a no-nonsense walk through Diana’s life for those who want to know all the details.
A royal duty
This book was written by the man who worked as Diana’s butler during their marriage and for several years afterwards. It shows what it was really like to work for her. It’s emotional, open, and a unique view of life in the spotlight for the princess and her true personality.
Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess
Sally Bedell Smith
If you’ve read anything about Diana, you know that her life journey was far from smooth. She fought in ways The Crown doesn’t even touch, but this book does. It covers her trials, triumphs, and where she fits into the royal realm.
The day Diana died
On August 31, 1997 Diana died in a car accident in Paris, France, along with Dodi Al Fayed and the driver of the car, Henri Paul. This book describes the events and circumstances that created the conditions for her death and the consequences that have not yet been fully resolved.
Diana in private: the princess nobody knows
Lady Colin Campbell
British aristocrat Lady Colin Campbell made waves when she brought out this gossip panacea. It’s racy, sassy, and should probably be taken with a pinch of salt. But it’s also worth expanding your royal repertoire, even if we wouldn’t call it final.
Untold Story: A Novel
This revisionist story imagines what would have happened if Diana had survived the car accident and continued her journey into the Middle Ages and beyond. It’s driving and will satisfy those who can’t help but wonder, “What if?”
Who Was Princess Diana?
For kids who have a royal fever and want to find out more, this chapter is for you. It also makes a nice addition to the Disney Princess canon if you want to give aspiring royals a glimpse of what the job really is like.
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