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Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life [9780718187804]

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen comes an illuminating and revelatory new biography of the man who has waited his whole life to be king. This is the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than twenty years, drawing on extensive access to his inner circle, and filled with new insights into his family and his two marriages.

Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father's expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationship with William, Kate, Harry and his grandchildren.

Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. His life is dictated by protocol, yet he often struggles to obey it. He seeks influence and authority, yet he lives perpetually in the shadow of his mother and the beloved next generation of royals. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic and compelling than we knew, until now.

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Sally Bedell Smith
Michael Joseph Ltd

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