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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 more 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 sPaul Burrell served Diana, Princess of Wales, as her faithful butler from 1987 until her death in 1997. He was much more 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 obscured.In 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-memory.He 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 more about her mind and the way she thought.We 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 Fayed.There are also rare photographs of the jewels Diana wore and treasured as Paul Burrell celebrates her style and fashion.The 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 2007.In 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 Diana.Following 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 million.Since 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....

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  • Krista Ashe
    2019-03-31 09:02

    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 story(no 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.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-30 08:13

    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 more good she could have accomplished.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-28 11:26

    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.

  • Julia
    2019-04-23 12:02

    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 negative/positive opinion on smth is not really a quality indicator.Highly recommended for those who are interested in the story of the princess and who want to see a little bit more humanness behind the beautiful facade of, perhaps, the most admired woman of the last decades of the XX century.

  • Lady
    2019-03-25 10:17

    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 it.To wit:FRIENDSHIP"I 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. 60)And yet..."If there was one thing the princess couldn't abide, it was not being told the truth." (p. 62)EXCUSE 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 better."To know the princess was to know how to handle her, when to say something, and when to keep quiet." (p. 61)So 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 groupies.GIFT GIVING"Among the many items and trinkets she gave to [my family] was... a Cartier clock, because she thought it was 'hideous'..." (p. 58)""Like 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. 62)And yet Burrell says:"The princess was one of those people who enjoyed giving presents much more than she did receiving them. And her generosity, as I knew all too well, could be overwhelming." (p. 57)Yes, overwhelming if you weren't her staff. She spent GBP20,000 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, "unwanted."PHILANTHROPY"Had 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. 83)Well, a little money goes a long way. Here's how Diana "economised" after her divorce from Charles:"The princess had suddenly started to become more 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 - 31)So 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.

  • Nancy Bandusky
    2019-04-19 13:58

    This is the second book about Diana written by her butler; this one is after he was cleared of the charges mentioned in the first.While some of the information he reveals probably has more 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 one."I did find the author's "name dropping" and "secret dropping" tiresome - especially when he would just hint at the name and/or the secret. Either tell all or don't bring it up.With 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.

  • Opal Huang
    2019-04-21 15:09

    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 more how a warm-hearted person she is. I think this is a good book.

  • Bonnie J. Yoman
    2019-04-15 14:16

    He loved her and it shows. This is an intimate fly on the wall view of Diana's life in her private apartments in Kensington Palace, and yet it is not. Mr. Burrell remained fiercely loyal and reveals only so much. I respect that he still wished to protect her privacy after 10 years. Most poignant as we near the 20 year mark of her tragic passing is his personal story of his last few hours with her. He tells of his memories of the Paris hospital, putting items in her casket and keeping a vigil beside her on the night before her funeral. Respect, loyalty and love are the hallmarks of this book.

  • Chubsi
    2019-04-16 07:18

    One of the books I quickly finished and enjoyed. I learned a lot about Diana though I have little doubts about the accuracy of Burrell's accounts. She is too complicated, and I sympathize with her for being not so happy as much as she hoped to be. It was also heartbreaking for Hasnat who I feel genuinely loved her from what I can infer from Burrell's writing. I can re-read this book over and over. My money wasn't wasted on this.

  • CupcakeBlonde
    2019-04-13 08:23

    I thought this might be a nice insight to someone in the inner circle of Diana's life. But Paul writes his experience as more 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.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-23 11:16

    Having read Paul Burrell's other book about being butler and confidant to Princess Diana, I wondered what additional information could be included in this book. It was interesting to read his first-hand descriptions of her character and challenges in the royal household, particularly her relationships with men and the Duchess of York.

  • MJ
    2019-04-21 15:25

    Paul Burrell was Princess Diana's butler from 1987-1997 and he called her "The Boss" but never to her face. Then she was "Her Royal Highness." This is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at Princess Diana's life through Paul's eyes.I enjoyed reading about Diana's life and what her life might have felt like to her. The photos were also touching and enlightening. I didn't understand the purpose of the photocopies of pages of books she'd read. I also didn't appreciate his tone in certain places when he was too familiar, too revealing of private facts - unnecessary to Diana's story. It felt like he was still trying to exhonorate himself from being arrested for stealing her things.I was glad to read more about "The One" Dr. Hasnat Khan. I couldn't believe that Dodi Fayed would be the one she chose to spend the rest of her life with. How ironic that Dr. Khan was a heart surgeon and claims he could have saved her. They couldn't make their relationship work. Diana wanted marriage and their relationship to be out in the open. He was afraid of sacrificing his career. So Diana ended it and then regretted it.

  • Cierra
    2019-03-31 09:11

    This book offers an intimate look inside the life of Princess Diana and it is my favorite book about her thus far. I believe that Paul Burrell brought respect and love to her memory and like he said in his book, he's basically damned either way when it comes to people's opinions of him writing this book along with his other book on the Princess, 'A Royal Duty.' I believe that Paul genuinely respected and told the truth about who Diana was all without completely divulging all of her innermost secrets. )I saw a review of this book that, in it, called Diana a very crude and horrid name and for that I want to say that's disgusting to do so. First off, she was the furthest thing from that and to talk about someone who has passed on in such a disgraceful manner says way more about the person who wrote it. *Scoff* so classless and common.) Anyway, overall I loved reading this book and learning more about a Princess whom I strongly admire and love. If you want a book that talks about Diana the person, rather than the world figure, check 'The Way We Were' out ❤️

  • Kacy Rozier
    2019-03-27 15:23

    I am a huge Royalist! I am also still a huge Princess Diana fan! I could not wait to read this book! I mean of course I wanted to know what went on in her world behind the palace walls! I liked it at first then I got to thinking.. Paul Burrell just wanted to make the money.. he would have never wrote this book if she were still alive. Also with other staff writing about her some of his stories and their stories just dont add up and they are different! So who is telling the right story? I really wanted to love this book it was a insight to her life behind the palace walls but then I Just didnt understand why he would betray her trust to tell all.. just sayin One thing he got right was the love she had for her sons

  • Jen
    2019-03-30 08:07

    I was kind of willing to forgive Paul Burrell for writing Royal Duty, but anything further and it feels like exploitation. I have no doubt he adored Diana, but more and more, I feel he acts like a spurned lover and I think he wanted desperately to be MORE for Diana than he was. And what he probably doesn't get, is that she trusted him above all else, and trusted him to keep her confidence, beyond death and beyond anything. THAT means more - and meant more to her, I'm certain, than any lover ever could. A promise like that -- to someone as exposed and tormented as her by the world's media, was vital as blood and just as binding. I wish he had kept that promise.

  • Karina Valencia
    2019-03-25 14:18

    He gives us a tour of HRH Princess of Wales personal life. I love how you see what troubles her and what made her happy. I see how normal she was and how she stayed true to her beliefs and self. She was such a wonderful human being. I personally cried when I read the final chapter in this book! Tears rolled down my eyes when he places those private items in her coffin the last item broke my heart bc it was so close to he heart. A picture of her two loves, her pride and joy her boys. I loved this book and I thank Paul for writing it.

  • Skyqueen
    2019-04-20 07:01

    I think I said it before, but I'll say it again ~~ Would that we all had a Paul Burrell.I was amazed at his devotion, but more than that, at his willingness and ability to show Princess Diana, AND himself, in unslanted light. His dedication was not blinded, rather determined in brining out the REAL truth to her life and who she was. He wanted to set the record and misconceptions straight. And boy did he. You will see Diana as never before, and she is just fine.Truly a remarkable man recounting a remarkable woman. Thanks to Paul for letting us go behind the veil.

  • Arzelia
    2019-04-24 07:03

    The story took place in Kensington Palace.The palace was where Princess Diana lived.Diana loved her house and had alot of memories there.Diana was a really nice lady and everyone loved her. Her butler loved her because she always had a good attitude.Every one was dissapointed when she past away.I would recommend this book to people because it is a very good bokk to read it feels like you are there with her in the palace.

  • Annabanana
    2019-04-05 14:13

    This book was exactly what I thought it would be, a sweet trip down memory lane of a man who was involved in the life of Princess Diana to some extent. It is hard to know if he "enhanced" some of those memories, but even if he did, they are his reality and if you understand that, then you will enjoy the book as did I.

  • Joy
    2019-04-23 09:20

    I am unaware of the butlers past history but I really enjoyed hearing his account of the boss. The stories told were very vivid and I felt as if many times I was sitting on the sofa. I could just imagine the laughing that occurred in the house with the kids and her showcasing her dresses to the butler. A different way to read about princess Diana and some of the less known stories.

  • Soph
    2019-04-02 09:02

    Amazing. Once again, just like in his first book, I got to know the Princess some more. He could of left out the baby being buried story, Rosa can not be pleased. His reason for disclosing the story is because he said Diana said that in future years people would think that dead baby was hers, however I'm sure Rosa would of defended her in her absence. Thats my only criticism of the book.

  • Ann Lantz
    2019-04-15 11:04

    The author writes in a way the appears to place him in the center of Princess Diana's life. It makes this book almost self-serving on presentation. It makes for a interesting read but is not a good factual read if one has a understanding of etiquette, or boundaries.

  • Christia
    2019-04-16 13:03

    Somewhat disappointing since I'd already read or heard most of what was covered. Not terrible, just not attention grabbing. The photos of Diana's apartments at Kensington Palace were interesting since they really weren't as "posh" as I assumed they would be.

  • Kate
    2019-04-12 13:11

    Book improved in later chapters, esp. Wisdoms from Kensington. These 2 quotes are for you, Janet: "The tears move through us, wash us clean and create the space for something new.""When a person dies, their spirit hangs around to watch for awhile."

  • Judi
    2019-03-26 11:02

    Quite boring-I finally gave up reading about 2/3 of the way through.

  • Sensibly Sassy
    2019-04-03 08:13

    20th book of 2014

  • Catherine
    2019-04-09 12:06

    I love Paul Burrell books about Diana!

  • Michelle Hammond
    2019-04-04 11:14

    An enjoyable read as was A Royal Duty. It does leaving you wondering how much of what the butler says is truth or fiction....

  • Maria
    2019-04-10 09:14

    The language was horrible, there were no true insights and the whole book just seemed sycophantic on his part. Waste of time.

  • Donna
    2019-04-11 12:09

    She died too young. She still had much to give to everyone.