This edition does not include illustrations.
This explosive biography of the Prince of Wales set media headlines alight on hardback publication. Now available complete with an updated epilogue, it will change the way you think about Charles, his Princess and his mistress.
As the Prince of Wales turned fifty at the end of 1998, the media focused on the publication of Charles: Victim or Villain?, Penny Junor’s controversial biography of the heir to England’s throne. Directing the spotlight onto ‘the three people’ in the Royal marriage, this book has turned popular understanding on its head. But although Junor’s unique insight into these endlessly intriguing relationships caused fierce speculation, even outrage, nothing has been denied. Nobody has disputed that this is the true portrait of a marriage.
Sourced from those closest to the Prince, the Princess and Camilla – some of whom have never spoken before – Penny Junor explodes and explains the popular myths. The result is a provocative new portrait of the man who will be King.
‘A fair-minded rejoinder to Andrew Morton’s credulous Diana book’
About the author
Penny Junor is a frequent commentator on the Royal Family on TV and in the press. She is the author of a number of bestselling royal and political biographies.
Whether or not the Prince of Wales is the Renaissance man his biographer paints, his self-assessment of his function as a role model is amply borne out in this respectful study. Junor, author of a biography of Richard Burton, describes the man who may one day be king of England as a "compendium of ideas and philosophies taken from a wide range of people.'' A pivotal influence was his much-loved great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, a surrogate father whose death by an IRA bomb left Charles emotionally dazed. From a lengthy heritage of pomp and circumstance, Charles has developed an alternative personal lifestyle, following the quieter pursuits of farming and gardening, espousing environmental concerns and developing an interest in the spiritual. The well-known facts of Charles the husband, father and heir apparent are counterbalanced by the author's sensitive interviews with him, the basis for an evaluation of the Prince as ``one of the saddest people I have ever encountered.''
Victim, Villain...or Victor?
Diana devotees will find this book outrageous. It reveals a sub rosa side of her that does not align with the public image she portrayed. It bursts that benevolent bubble to smithereens. And there’s the rub.