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Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles by Tom Bower (22 Mar 2018)
‘The pampered, petulant, self-pitying Prince. A devastating book by Britain’s top investigative author’ Daily Mail
‘Explosive new book delves inside the bizarre, ultra luxury world of Prince Charles’ Sun
Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles.
Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana’s death, his approval rating crashed to 4% and has been only rescued by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.
Many still fear that his accession to the throne will cause a constitutional crisis. That mistrust climaxed in the aftermath of the trial of Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, acquitted after the Queen’s sensational ‘recollection’. In unearthing many secrets surrounding that and many other dramas, Bower’s book, relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct. The result is a book which uniquely will probe into the character and court of the Charles that no one, until now, has seen.
A review by TheGuardian.com
On the eve of his sixtieth birthday,” Tom Bower writes in his unauthorised biography of the Prince of Wales, “Charles overtook his great-great-grandfather Edward VII as the longest-waiting heir to the British throne.” That was nine years ago and Charles is still waiting to start the job he was supposedly born to do. He was widely mocked for saying, in 2004, that “Nobody knows what utter hell it is to be the Prince of Wales” – a remark that, like so many of his utterances lacks any sense of perspective about the struggles of ordinary people. Millions would happily suffer the “hell” of living in multiple palaces and going on skiing holidays to Klosters.
Yet it remains true that none of us can imagine how psychologically weird his situation must feel. The more years that elapse before he becomes King Charles, the more implausible the whole proposition of Charles as monarch has come to seem – perhaps even to Charles himself. “Who are you?” he was once asked by a child, in an encounter captured on film for a documentary about his life presented by Jonathan Dimbleby. “I wish I knew,” was his reply.
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