Prince Charles on Planet Windsor
Henry Holt and Company
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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A provocative, surprising, and utterly fresh portrait of
Charles, Prince of Wales
He is one of the world’s most fascinating and least
understood figures: now sixty-six, Prince Charles has spent
his entire life preparing to be king while insisting on
being his own man. In this brilliant portrait, he emerges as
a complex character driven by a painful past, a questing
intellect, and a powerful impulse not only to reshape the
monarchy but to use the long wait for the throne to work
toward high ideals.
Based on exclusive interviews with members of Charles’s
inner circle and on rare access to the Prince himself, this
revelatory biography takes us deep into the royal sphere—a
world of its own that Catherine Mayer calls Planet
Windsor—and shows us the skullduggery and unintentional
comedy of court life. At the same time, it provides a
clear-eyed view of Charles’s struggles and his achievements
as a philanthropist and activist. The book also offers a
fundamental reappraisal of one of the most documented
episodes in modern history—his marriage to Diana. The
reality, as with many aspects of the Prince’s story, is more
gripping and more poignant than we knew.
Now closer than ever to achieving happiness, the Prince is
still far from settled. He remains committed to bringing
about social and political change, but in aiming to be a
king of hearts, he often creates heartache, for himself and
others. Born to Be King explains how and why Charles may
redefine the role of the sovereign, even as it reveals the
astonishing extent to which the Prince has already left his
mark on the world.
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