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From the author of The Governess, the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller about Queen Elizabeth II's childhood teacher, comes a novel about the House of Windsor's ultimate disruptive woman.

The Royal Family's current travails have many roots in one event, the Royal Wedding of 1981. This seismic occasion, watched by a global TV audience of billions, looked at the time like the perfect romantic fairy-tale. But the story behind the scenes could not have been more different.

In her highly original and perceptive take, historical novelist Wendy Holden fictionalises Diana's little-known backstory, from Norfolk childhood, through schooldays and Sloane days, to the fateful meeting with Charles. She traces the influences, events and most of all the people whose combined interests and schemings brought the princess to St Paul's.

Growing up amid the fallout of her parents’ bitter divorce, Diana takes refuge in romantic novels and dreams of being rescued by a handsome prince.

Meanwhile, the Royal Family are on the lookout. Prince Charles in no rush to wed, but must marry for the future of the Crown. The right girl needs to be found, and fast. She must be young, aristocratic and free of past liaisons.

The teenage Diana Spencer is just about the only candidate. Her desperation to be loved dovetails with royal desperation for a bride. But the route to the altar is full of hidden obstacles and people with their own agendas. When she steps from the golden carriage on her wedding day, has Diana’s romantic dream come true? Or is it already over?

“I am in awe of Wendy Holden” HEATHER MORRIS

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Reader Praise

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‘The most moving, heart-breaking royal story I have ever read. I had tears in my eyes and lumps in my throat continuously…this wonderful, wonderful novel brought Diana’s life into focus with such clarity, I felt I knew her as a friend.’
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‘Fascinating, shocking and excellently written. *****’
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‘Had me gripped from beginning to end…one of my favourite reads of this year. Perfection‘ *****
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‘Holden paints a dreamy portrait of Princess Diana’s coming-of-age in this incredibly well-researched historical fiction’
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‘A compelling behind-the-scenes look at Diana before Charles. Highly recommended.’
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‘Just when I thought I could not possibly adore or learn more about Diana, this book comes along. *****’

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