Author(s): Tina Brown
Princess Diana stole the world's heart, but what was at the heart of her complex behaviour?
Tina Brown penetrates Diana's world revealing Diana's tumultuous inner life as no one else has done before. She documents who was really to blame for Diana's untimely death. She reveals the extent of the Alfred Hitchcock atmosphere in which Diana lived out her marriage with Prince Charles; she cuts through the myths about Diana's life, those propagated by her enemies and those plotted by Diana herself; she shows how in the years since her untimely death, so many of the people who came into contact with Diana were singed by her star power and came to grief. The Diana Chronicles is striking in its understanding of sexual dynamics. Tina Brown shows how Diana's life story is one all about women - their rivalries, alliances and machinations to wield power in whatever ways they could. Although Diana was unquestionably the star of the show, she was always surrounded by a supporting cast of dangerous powerful dames: her reckless mother, her scheming grandmother, her hated stepmother, her husband's tenacious mistress not to mention her royal in-laws, most notably the Queen, inscrutable, flawless and fused to an intractable sense of duty. Brown describes how the Princess broke out of the female traditions of her past into celebrity culture, finding her own power. The Diana Chronicles reads like a powerful novel, a parable of innocence and power. It answers the fundamental question: how did the apparently shy girl of aristocratic pedigree and limited intellect captivate people all over the world with whom she had nothing in common? And why, though the Royal Family keep trying to write her out of the script, does Diana's unforgettable smile live on?