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by Mary Robertson

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Interesting account from the author about her friendship with Princess Diana. Diana was the nanny to the author's son in London before Diana became engaged to Prince Charles. The book covers Mrs. Robertson's entire friendship with Diana, through her life as Princess of Wales until her death. Very heartfelt and sincere account of the People's Princess. ( )
  dd196406 | Dec 23, 2012 |
This little book will be of interest to only the most hard-core of "Diana" devotees. Diana Spencer served as a babysitter for Mary Robertson's son twice a week for a few months in 1980, just before the former's courtship with Prince Charles. Ms. Robertson and her husband attended the wedding by invitation, and over the next 17 years, she and Diana interacted casually through occasional cards and notes, and two meetings. Robertson also attended the funeral.

Ms. Robertson gets quite a bit of mileage from their superficial acquaintance, but with little to say about Diana and no information beyond what she reads in the popular press, she spends much of the book talking about her own family and wondering about Diana's. She continually marvels that Diana seemed to remember her over the years despite their brief interaction, a wonder likely to be shared by the more discriminating reader.

The book is respectful and dignified, and gives the briefest glimpse into the friendly, unassuming "girl" Diana was in her late teens, and the self assured, warm, and caring woman that she became. Nonetheless, if everyone who knew Diana at least this casually were to write a book, such works would number into many thousands. Perhaps they have, and do. ( )
4 vote danielx | Dec 24, 2010 |
the story of the friendship between the late princess diana when she worked as a nanny for the robertson family prior to her engagement to prince charles, and their continued friendship after their marriage and continuing until princess diana,s death ( )
1 vote | bronwyn52 | Oct 28, 2008 |
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Shortly after learning of Princess Diana's death in a car crash on August 31, 1997, Mary Robertson was inspired to document her memories of the princess in order to balance the "mean-spirited and critical comments about her in the media coverage and certain books." The Diana Robertson first knew was an unassuming teenager who patiently and diligently cared for Robertson's young son two days a week in 1980. Robertson recalls Diana in detail, describing her first impression: "She was lovely, with perfect English skin, a slight blush on her cheeks, and clear blue eyes.... She looked just like the suburban teenagers I had known in America, only ever so much prettier." She then shares the milestones of her relationship with the future princess--accidentally discovering Diana's lineage, being told by Diana of her burgeoning relationship with Prince Charles, dodging reporters together outside the Robertson home, attending the "wedding of the century," visiting the princess and her sons at Kensington Palace, and, finally, attending the princess's funeral. Robertson's flattering depiction of Diana as a caring woman whose humility belied her background rings true even if the information the writer reveals about her own life is at times unnecessary and excessive.

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In 1980, Mary Robertson, an American living in London, welcomed a shy young nanny into her home to care for her nine-month-old son. Little did she know that this was the beginning of an extraordinary friendship that would last for seventeen years. In The Diana I Knew, Mary portrays a gentle, unassuming teenager who blossomed into an assured, world-class beauty. She describes a private side to a woman few people knew intimately. This is an American woman's personal account of her unexpected and touching friendship with Diana.… (more)

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