The Royal Rows Of Windsor

A new biography of Princess Diana may be flawed, but the picture of an empty marriage rings true

The trouble began even before the marriage. The 1981 royal match between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, a touchingly pretty aristocrat of 20, needed no hype. It really was a picture-perfect wedding. The sheltered bride- to-be blushed and gazed with ardor at her proud fiance. She had little to say for herself, nothing much at all in the way of experience, accomplishment or taste. But the press spotted its new idol. Diana quickly became an international obsession. Before the girl reached the altar, her distraught mother had written the Times of London to complain with poignant naivete that fictitious incidents...

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