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Paul Burrell served Diana Princess of Wales as her faithful butler from 1987 until her death in 1997 He was much than an employee he was her right hand man confidant and friend She described him as 'the only man she ever trusted'As the world prepares for the official inquest into her death The Way We Were marks an intense period of reflection by ensuring the spirit warmth and character of the person at the centre of proceedings is not lost or obscuredIn this remarkable and intimate book Paul Burrell opens the door to Kensington Palace to provide a unique visual tour With previously unseen interior photographs the reader is led inside the world of Princess Diana—room by room memory by memoryHe paints a faithful and poignant tribute in remembrance of 'the boss' as the person who shared her private world and knew her best In this fascinating new account he allows the reader to feel 'at home with Diana' sharing her inner most feelings hopes and philosophies that teach us about her mind and the way she thoughtWe learn of her amusing Hollywood relationships the true depth of her happiness with 'The One' the amazing story that illustrates her compassion her sisterhood with Sarah Ferguson—and the desperate attempts to heal their rift and a never before told account that provides new evidence about the real nature of her relationship with Dodi Al FayedThere are also rare photographs of the jewels Diana wore and treasured as Paul Burrell celebrates her style and fashionThe Way We Were reflects remembers and celebrates the late Diana Princess of Wales and captures her vivacity and love of life as we move towards the tenth anniversary of her death in 2007In his twenty one years of royal duty Paul Burrell first served Her Majesty the Queen as personal footman from 1976 to 1987 when he moved to Highgrove to become butler to the Prince and Princess of Wales It was in 1992 following the couple's separation that he moved to Kensington palace at the personal request of Princess DianaFollowing her death he was honoured by the Queen with the Royal Victorian Medal for his loyalty and service to Diana Princess of Wales He then spearheaded a fundraising campaign for her official memorial fund that raised £100 millionSince then Paul has become a bestselling author and television personality His earlier book A Royal Duty sold two million copies worldwide and was a number one New York Times bestseller


10 thoughts on “The Way We Were Remembering Diana

  1. says:

    Paul Burrell former butler gives insites to Princess Diana's life There were a few suprises but nothing shocking Burrell holds back a bit with telling a story but not mentioning who was involved That is one thing that really bothered me Burrell does a good job of showing that Diana was a normal woman and Dodi was not the love of her life I've looked at other reviews where this caused people to love her or hate her Overall my opinion is unchanged Diana was a beloved figure in so many lives and had her life not been cut short there is much good she could have accomplished


  2. says:

    Okay so I'm a huge huge Princess Diana fan and if there's a book about her I'll read it lol I'd already read Personal Duty Paul Burrell's other book a couple of years ago and until I was in the library checking out other royalty books I didn't know this book existed In it Paul gives a truly behind the scene view of what Kensington Palace looked like on the inside both in decor as well as running the day to day life of Princess Diana Their bond was truly amazing Well really it's just a friendship that transcends class structure to how real friends behave He also spends time debunking the Dodi myth In truth Diana was in love with Hasnat Khan a Pakastani heart surgeon She was on the rebound from their May breakup when Dodi was thrust into her life There's a heartbreaking storyno pun intended of how after Diana's death Hasnat met with Paul and was devastated at the thoughts he as a master surgeon could have saved Diana's life I also like the honesty with which Paul paints Diana So many times we put people on pedastals and don't realize they were real people with issues neuroses etc Diana was very much human and very much suffered from issues of low self esteem and depression Overall I really enjoyed the book


  3. says:

    Creepy butler speaks about his former boss as if he is hands down the most credible resource to how she lived her life He makes broad assumptions about others people and family and her opinion of them and literally quite literally quotes Diana 10 years after her death I bet he wrote her quotes as only how he remembered it happening not the way she would remember it if she were alive By the way he's quoting someone who has been deceased for 10 years super incredible memory he has there If someone was putting words in my mouth in a public way without my consent I'd be LIVID


  4. says:

    I love this book very much having it read for several times already It delicately tackles personal memories of princess Diana giving the picture of not just a popular media person and fabulous lady but the one of a vulnerable woman the usual woman made of bones and blood living her days as anyone of us does dealing with custom fears daily chores career and family issues The reviews on Goodreads are not genuinely welcoming for this book but the general negativepositive opinion on smth is not really a quality indicatorHighly recommended for those who are interested in the story of the princess and who want to see a little bit humanness behind the beautiful facade of perhaps the most admired woman of the last decades of the XX century


  5. says:

    I am an all things Diana gal and always have been I adore her and like everyone else on the planet I am sure I remember exactly what I was doing when I heard the news of her death I despise Charles loathe Camilla the Rottweiler and have little respect for the Queen due to how she handled it all Needless to say I have lots of books about Diana so I was eager to read this one as well I think Mr Burrell did an excellent job It was insightful touching funny and heartbreaking I would highly recommend this book to any one who is a fan or admirer of Diana's or to anyone who would like to get to know her


  6. says:

    This woman was a bitch I'll mostly use Burrell's own words to illustrate my point as he does such a good job without even seeming to realise itTo witFRIENDSHIPI remember Dr Mary Loveday leaving in floods of tears one evening after a six thirty appointment Mary's mistake was to take the boss's 'appreciation of your advice' as carte blanche to become a little too open and candid in her views From the warm glow of being in favour Mary was suddenly at the end of an icy blast She was asked to leave I caught her coming down the stairs and she was visibly shocked She and I went into the equerry's room at the foot of the main staircase and I consoled her I told her what a difficult week the princess had been having and how fragile she was at the moment advising her to tread carefully It would blow over soon and be forgotten As we walked out of the room the princess was standing on the stairs My heart raced then sank She had crept halfway down the stairs and heard every word The moment our eyes met I knew I was in trouble p 60And yetIf there was one thing the princess couldn't abide it was not being told the truth p 62EXCUSE ME? Is there not contradiction here? Mary tells Di the truth and gets her ass kicked out of Kensington Palace and yet Di firmly believes that unless her friends tell her the truth they aren't really friends? And she even resorts to sneakily creeping down the stairs to spy on her friend? Honestly that's very manipulative cruel borderline personality ish creepy behaviour Not to mention passive aggressive Oh but it gets betterTo know the princess was to know how to handle her when to say something and when to keep quiet p 61So Di was a high strung purebred egomaniacal horse who magically understood English and who because of her high strung purebred background coupled with egomania needed handling? To hell with that self righteous megalomaniac She didn't want friends she wanted groupiesGIFT GIVINGAmong the many items and trinkets she gave to my family was a Cartier clock because she thought it was 'hideous' p 58Like my wife Maria Diana's friend Helen had been given unwanted clothes handbags and shoes as a thank you for her loyalty and service p 62And yet Burrell saysThe princess was one of those people who enjoyed giving presents much than she did receiving them And her generosity as I knew all too well could be overwhelming p 57Yes overwhelming if you weren't her staff She spent GBP20000 on a watercolour set for a suitor and bought diamond studded jewelry for an expert of Christie's and yet her staff got things that were in Burrell's own words unwantedPHILANTHROPYHad the boss lived until she was a hundred her work would never have been finished as she had an unquenchable desire to help the sick the poor the infirm the abused the addicted the drunk the homeless the starving 'I feel I can help them' she would say p 83Well a little money goes a long way Here's how Diana economised after her divorce from CharlesThe princess had suddenly started to become careful with her money She even drew up a list of nine restaurants that were within her budget 'The only ones where I shall dine from now on' she said It makes me laugh when I think of it now the princess was attempting to be thrifty but her chosen restaurants were Caviar Kaspia Bebendum Le Caprice Thomas Goode Turner's Cecconi's the Ritz Claridges and the Ivy pp 30 31So a woman whose idea of economising consisted of eating out at the Ritz wanted to help among other groups the poor? How about using her own abundant funds to help rather than her time? That is what I never get about rich people they think that by volunteering their own time they're doing so much good Here's where I say that time is money Money goes a lot further than time Helping the poor does not in any way shape or form involve economising by eating out at restaurants that most mere mortals can't afford My lord the woman was freaking delusional


  7. says:

    This is the second book about Diana written by her butler this one is after he was cleared of the charges mentioned in the firstWhile some of the information he reveals probably has weight coming from him since he just about lived with the princess and was privy to many of her secrets the way he portrays the princess borders on him being obsessive with making her image one of perfection As time has moved past her death he still sees her through rose colored glasses and thus his view of things is tainted slightly His one goal seems to be to make sure the world knows that Dodi was NOT the oneI did find the author's name dropping and secret dropping tiresome especially when he would just hint at the name andor the secret Either tell all or don't bring it upWith so many books out there about the princess the thing I found most appealing were the photographs of Apartments 8 and 9 at Kensington Palace it wasn't what I had expected


  8. says:

    I have to say this guy is a pretty good writer and honest too in capturing a real Diana She is not only a fashion icon royal celebrity but also someone with unhappy childhood which leads to some of her character flaws and her misfortune I had a pretty radical perception against Diana before reading this book but it really changed my mind Paul Burrel is obviously biased buit even so considering which Princess Diana did make tremendous effort in reaching out to people in need for she understood her own misfortune and the need to be comforted What she did outwardly has earned public recognition and to be fair it is sometimes necessary to raise awareness of certain issues but most importantly what she did in secret even shown how a warm hearted person she is I think this is a good book


  9. says:

    I thought this might be a nice insight to someone in the inner circle of Diana's life But Paul writes his experience as of a stalker than a trusted companion Plus some of his revelations seemed for shock value rather than necessary to reveal Overall the book left me with a bad taste and it jumped around so much in time and between people it was at times difficult to keep up But I did like some descriptions of events and some glimpses into Diana's private life if they were true


  10. says:

    I love princess Diana even though I was only 3 when she died but I love her personality and she seemed like such a soft spoken beautiful woman we lost way too soon So when someone was selling this book I just had to pick it up and read it because I want to read biographies and this woman just happens to be one of the top 10 people I want to read about the most I like this book it was easy to read flowed nicely but I didn't like the way Paul portrayed some parts It almost read as if he was either stalking her either wanted their relationship to be than it was and I hated how he chose to reveal some parts of her life even though I feel like she would've preferred for them to stay a secret and they didn't even add anything to the story so they felt kind of pointless Other than that loved this book and it made me love Diana even