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Diana: Closely Guarded Secret

Narrated by: Ken Wharfe
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Diana: Closely Guarded Secret became a best seller on both sides of the Atlantic.

As a member of Scotland Yard's elite Royalty Protection Department, Inspector Ken Wharfe was personal protection officer - in other words, bodyguard - to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, during the years that saw the final breakdown of her marriage and her separation from Prince Charles.

In that time he became a close friend and trusted confidant who shared her most private moments. His intimate firsthand account provides an affectionate, if not always uncritical, insight into this complex, troubled, but ultimately deeply fascinating woman.

Packed with anecdotes - and now revised with a new chapter containing material about Diana's so-called 'rock', her butler, Paul Burrell - this extraordinary account is the most intimate portrait of Diana to date and a record of the events that unfolded around her during the most crucial period of her life.

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  • Christine Beutner
  • 27-10-2019

Insider knowledge

Ken Wharfe was The Princess of Wales’ protect ion officer. His insider knowledge of the goings-on in the years before and after Diana’s death make for essential reading for those interested. I thoroughly appreciated Mr. Wharfe’s recounting.

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  • Susan
  • 29-07-2017

Excellent

I've read a lot about Princess Diana over the years but this book stands out from the others. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly, but written with great respect. To me it was a no-nonsense account of a complicated person. I will always feel sad about her tragic end, as do many others.

I also like the fact that the author didn't demonize Prince Charles, in fact, I don't recall him trashing anyone. I know Prince Charles isn't a saint but I'm glad the author didn't resort to what some people do to sell books (trashy gossip etc) From all I've read about the Royals I think parts of Charles' life have not been easy for him, either. Who knows what would have happened if he'd been able to marry Camilla when he wanted to as a young man? Diana may still be alive. We'll never know of course.

The author did a very good job reading his work. My only wish is that it were longer but he was employed by Diana for only a couple of years so there isn't much more to say I imagine.
A good listen.

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  • TNJ
  • 08-09-2017

Facts are questionable

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The author is the narrator and his delivery is very good (maybe it's just because of his great British accent). I'm suspect of all of the facts in his books (especially since many credible people have proven him wrong), but it was still interesting to relive parts of her life. I don't agree that anyone in his position (law enforcement protection of any political or VIP person) should ever write a book about anything that occurs in private. Ever. I thought the book would be more of a historical walk down memory lane, not a book about private conversations (alleged conversations). I think when people in his position reveal behind the scenes information, they put the safety of their coworkers, former coworkers, and the people they protect in grave danger because it destroys trust between the protected and the protectors. The safety of those people depend on trust.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Wharfe again?

No. He does little to contain the bitterness in his voice when his relationship with Diana and the royals began to fall apart.

Was Diana: Closely Guarded Secret worth the listening time?

Not really. I would not recommend the book despite all of the great reviews.

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  • Krissandra Theisen
  • 31-01-2020

Wonderfully accurate story

I enjoyed this book very much! Most stories about the princess tend to be biased in one way or another. This seemed to be a true personal story by a man that truly knew who Diana was as a person...good and bad. He didn’t sugar coat anything. He instead helped me to see her for the sad, broken, kind, loving, generous woman that she was. I love that Ken Wharfe himself narrated. It was as if he were sitting there beside me replaying all these memories he had of Princess Diana while we drank tea.

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  • MCB3
  • 03-11-2019

Excellent

Credible content delivered by excellent narration. The author / narrator speaks from direct experience with great clarity, respect and professionalism.

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  • Davida Hitchcock
  • 17-09-2019

Ending of last leg of the audiobook

The audio skipped and made certain things being said inaudible. Disappointed at the end. Refund.

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  • Rae Parmeter
  • 12-10-2018

One.of.the best books by someone in her employ

I have read a lot of books about both the Princess and the prince. Ken Wharfe has written a fair.assessment on her and her marriage. He neither worships her or demonized her. He also does spend all his energy patting himself on the back and attempting to bask in her reflective glory. I wish him well in his future.

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  • Karla Huntsman
  • 29-04-2018

not the best Diana book

This book is just okay, not great Fans who have read a number of these Diana books won't find a new or interesting perspective here.

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  • A. Dailly
  • 21-08-2020

A new interesting account of life working with Dia

Unlike some people who have jumped on the bandwagon of writing books about the late Princess Diana, I found this account, to be interesting, respectful but honest A very insightful account of working with the princess, the good & the bad sides. Well worth a listen

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  • Cec
  • 06-12-2018

A frank story about a loved lady loved by public

A frank written by someone who cared about Princess Diana. Listen to 4 times. already.

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  • Lesley Goodman
  • 05-10-2018

An interesting book

Difficult to know what to believe, however out of all the people who have cashed in on the life and death of Princess Diana, Ken Wharfe would appear to be an intelligent articulate man who, while carrying out his duties as PPO was witness to the very colourful life of one of the Icons of the 20th century. He appeared to have done an excellent job of protecting Princess Diana and frankly, had he continued in that role, she would be alive today. Sadly, we will never know what truly happened on that terrible night in Paris, but Ken Wharfes' take on it is interesting and believable. A very interesting book.