The People's Princess by Flora Harding – 3/5 Stars
Read this if you:
· are obsessed with the royal family
· will consume any Princess Diana content you can get your hands on
· know that things aren’t always as great as they seem
After her engagement to Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer discovers that life at Buckingham Palace is more quiet and boring than she thought it would be. When she discovers Princess Charlotte’s diary from the 1800s, Diana can’t help but be drawn into the story of the woman who is so similar to herself.
My Thoughts on the Book:
I had to jump at an opportunity to read this book featuring an iconic photo of Princess Diana on the cover. Even though it’s a work of fiction, the peeks into her life before her marriage to Charles were juicy and I found myself feeling her loneliness when she was kept hidden at Buckingham palace. I loved the unexpected dual storyline and all the parallels drawn with Princess Charlotte who I didn’t know anything about before picking this up! Turns out she was such a badass and refused to live by anyone else’s rules.
I did have a hard time loving how the characters were portrayed in this book. Princess Diana was painted to be whiny and needy and I almost started to dread when the chapters would flip back to her. While I enjoyed reading and learning about Princess Charlotte, her chapters also started to get a bit repetitive around the middle of the book.
Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of both a beloved historical figure along with a lesser-known one!