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The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown

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The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown
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In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit crowded"—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular princess consort.

Few know the Windsor family as well as veteran royal biographer and journalist Penny Junor. In The Duchess, she casts her insightful, sensitive eye on the intriguing, once widely despised, and little-known Camilla Parker Bowles, revealing in full, for the first time, the remarkable rise of a woman who was the most notorious mistress in the world.

As Camilla’s marriage to Charles approached in 2005, the British public were upset at the prospect that this woman, universally reviled for wrecking the royal marriage, would one day become queen. Sensitive to public opinion, the palace announced that this would never happen; when Charles eventually acceded to the throne, Camilla would be known as the princess consort. Yet a decade later British public sentiment had changed, with a majority believing that Camilla should become queen.

Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy—Charles and Diana’s acrimonious and scandalous split—she also played a central role in restoring the royal family’s reputation, especially that of Prince Charles. A woman with no ambition to be a princess, a duchess, or a queen, Camilla simply wanted to be with, and support, the man who has always been the love of her life. Junor contends that their marriage has reinvigorated Charles, allowing him to finally become comfortable as the heir to the British throne.

In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit crowded"—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular princess consort.Few know the Windsor family as well as veteran royal biographer and journalist Penny Junor. In The Duchess, she casts her insightful, sensitive eye on the intriguing, once widely despised, and little-known Camilla Parker Bowles, revealing in full, for the first time, the remarkable rise of a woman who was the most notorious mistress in the world.As Camilla’s marriage to Charles approached in 2005, the British public were upset at the prospect that this woman, universally reviled for wrecking the royal marriage, would one day become queen. Sensitive to public opinion, the palace announced that this would never happen; when Charles eventually acceded to the throne, Camilla would be known as the princess consort. Yet a decade later British public sentiment had changed, with a majority believing that Camilla should become queen.Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy—Charles and Diana’s acrimonious and scandalous split—she also played a central role in restoring the royal family’s reputation, especially that of Prince Charles. A woman with no ambition to be a princess, a duchess, or a queen, Camilla simply wanted to be with, and support, the man who has always been the love of her life. Junor contends that their marriage has reinvigorated Charles, allowing him to finally become comfortable as the heir to the British throne.
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About the Author

British journalist, broadcaster, and author Penny Junor has covered the Royal Family for nearly thirty years. She is the author of biographies of both the Prince and Princess of Wales, their two sons, and two British prime ministers, and the coauthor of Patti Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, which was an instant number one New York Times bestseller. She is married with four children and lives in Wiltshire, England.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xvii

1 The Problem 1

2 Debs' Delight 6

3 Medals Not Money 14

4 History 19

5 The Foundation Years 29

6 The Stuffed Stoat 35

7 Swinging Sixties 40

8 Mrs PB 48

9 The Attentions of a Prince 56

10 An Education 63

11 A Suitable Bride 70

12 Dishonesty All Round 77

13 A State of Mind 83

14 The Stuff of Nightmares 87

15 Princess of Wales 94

16 A Plea for Help 99

17 For King and Country 105

18 Annus Horribilis 111

19 The Final Salvos 123

20 Dark Days 127

21 Divorce 134

22 Blackadder 140

23 Week of Waiting 149

24 A Low Profile 156

25 Raw Recruit 161

26 Coming Out 168

27 A Little Local Difficulty 176

28 U-Turn 186

29 Final Furlong 191

30 It Girl 197

31 Staying Sane 203

32 Pillars of Interest 209

33 A Good Read 212

34 Nothing to Prove 221

35 In the Family 227

36 Bedside Manner 232

37 Abroad 237

38 WOW 243

39 Making a Difference 246

40 Domestic Violence 254

41 Mending Fences 259

42 The Future 265

Bibliography 275

Picture Credits 277

Acknowledgements 279

Index 281

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★ 02/01/2018
What seems like simple truth is generally more complex, and according to journalist Junor (Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son), such is the case with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall, who married Prince Charles in 2005. Everyone imagines that they know the real duchess, while many remain convinced that her behavior largely caused the collapse of Prince Charles's marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. Even now Camilla continues to suffer public disapproval because of the unrelenting media attention she drew during Diana and Charles's marriage crisis. Junor's biography focuses on Camilla's friendship with Charles before his marriage to Diana, her support and friendship during its collapse, and their eventual union after Diana's death in 1997. Sympathetic and thoughtful toward her subject, Junor's scrupulously even-handed portrait shows the Duchess of Cornwall as dignified, kind, witty, and hardworking. VERDICT Thoroughly well-written, this is a believable portrait of a woman who did not seek publicity or a royal role but instead to support the love of her life, Prince Charles.—Penelope J.M. Klein, Fayetteville, NY“Fans of the royals will find this a satisfying piece of the puzzle.”“A witty, colorful portrait of Camilla as human that should offer food for thought for Anglophiles and those seeking an antidote to her toxic reputation.”2018-02-06
The first full-length biography of one of Britain's more reviled public figures.In this richly detailed look at Camilla Parker Bowles (b. 1947), prolific royal family chronicler Junor (Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son, 2014, etc.) adds to her growing library of portraits of members of the household of the Prince of Wales. For many readers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the Duchess of Cornwall is a woman with a past in need of redemption. Cast widely in the press as the dissembling "other woman" responsible for the dissolution of Charles' marriage to the hugely popular Diana Spencer, Camilla is portrayed here as the opposite: a playful, self-effacing pillar of strength and kindness who is "unwavering in her support" of her husband and family. The author tips her hat to her subject early on, writing, "when history comes to judge her, Camilla will not be seen as the woman who nearly brought down the House of Windsor" but rather "recognised as the woman who shored it up." Admitting that Camilla "will never be universally loved because of the early scandal," Junor makes the compelling case that she "came into Charles's broken marriage and gave him something to live for when he was in despair." Mercifully, though, much of the author's portrait attends to Camilla in her own right. Junor shows how Camilla's upper-class upbringing and identification with her war-hero father formed her character and aspirations, influenced her pursuit of and first marriage to the philandering Andrew Parker Bowles, and affected her actions now as a "thoroughly grounded," philanthropic, devoted mother and grandmother who just happened to fall in love with the heir apparent to the British throne.A witty, colorful portrait of Camilla as human that should offer food for thought for Anglophiles and those seeking an antidote to her toxic reputation.
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April 14, 2018
This author loves Prince Charles so you get a real one sided view ...
This author loves Prince Charles so you get a real one sided view in this book.
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July 10, 2018
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