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Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles

By: Tom Bower
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
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Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles. 

Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4 percent and has been rescued only by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one-third of Britons now support him to be the next king. 

Many still fear that his accession to the throne will cause a constitutional crisis. That mistrust climaxed in the aftermath of the trial of Paul Burrell, Diana's butler, acquitted after the Queen's sensational 'recollection'. In unearthing many secrets surrounding that and many other dramas, Bower's book, relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct. The result is a book which uniquely will probe into the character and court of the Charles that no one, until now, has seen. 

©2018 Tom Bower (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Very interesting

Such a great read gives you an insight into what goes on in the background in the royal family, loved it

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An astonishing story

I found the book quite long because I'm not familiar with many of the names. It was well read however and interesting. To the average person it is unbelievable how conceited and arrogant Charles is. Even if 20% is true, I would resent having him as king. I hope Australia removes the Union Jack from our flag after Queen Elizabeth.

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  • Charmaine
  • 21-12-2018

The King wears no clothes

A book with eye-openings about Charles and other royalties. Many specifics were known to me and gave validity to the book. What I didn’t know was the ‘ponytail’ projects behind what was the result of years of deliberate scheming of Charles. Astonishing is Charles show of entitlement and abuse of people. Alarming is his sympathy with the ISIS/Islam nations and associated royalty in exchange for money. Camilla might be seen as calming him but EVERY move is choreographed to feed their narcissistic beasts. Long live the Queen!

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  • Maureen Weaver
  • 30-06-2018

Wow, God save the Queen

If this book is even halfway true please let the Queen live forever. It is hard to take to this man who is so blind to the real world and concerned that he be recognised for what really is an accident of birth. Arrogant, selfish and a bore, God help us all should he ever be King and his lazy sidekick become queen.

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  • cg
  • 17-04-2018

startling book

interesting story and insightful look at the monarchy . If this is a completely accurate account then it doesn't bode well for the future.

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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 25-06-2018

Fascinating and Appalling

Heaven help us when Charles becomes King. He’s pampered and doesn’t live in the real world. A vain man who has only self interest for himself and his wife. A fascinating insight and well researched.

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  • Gillian crooks
  • 10-01-2019

very interesting indeed

made me realise that the royal family live in a alternative universe and that birth into the said family is a curse

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  • Lee
  • 17-11-2019

Rebel Prince....really?

First off I have enjoyed listening to this book and it's well narrated but really it's just confirmed my thoughts of the Windsors and entourage. I've come to the conclusion that Prince Charles thinks he has a god given right to do as he wishes and to whom. In this book he comes across as a spoilt, self indulgent individual. Although to be fair most of the 'firm' have the same attitude. I should stop reading/listening to biographies and memoirs concerning the Royal family as I just get annoyed at the way they seem to live on a different planet from us mere mortals, Charles more so than the rest.... Anyway I bought the book in a BOGOF so worth it..

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  • Mrs
  • 07-12-2018

Surprisingly good

I have to say I was expecting this to be little more than a sycophantic trawl through his past achievements. However I thought I’d give it a go anyway as it were. It is surprisingly good. If the future of the monarchy interests you (either for or against) this book will, I believe, be of great interest.

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  • megan
  • 30-10-2019

The TRUTH about Royalty

If you only manage to read one book about royalty , do yourself a favour and make it this book! Seriously impressive and seriously informative.....

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  • Mrs B
  • 25-04-2018

An amazing insight

Really glued to this, brilliant portrayal of royal life which left me totally certain it’s all true. Not much appears to have changed since medieval times as far as royal intrigues and machinations are concerned but these days thanks to great writers like Tom Bower we peasants all get to hear about it!!!

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  • caroline
  • 12-07-2018

Awful book

I agree entirely with a previous reviewer. After the first two hours I became totally bored with the unrelenting anti Prince Charles slant. it is too extreme and looks as if his character is being blackened in order to promote and sell a book. No one is 100% bad. Surely his devotion to causes such as architecture and the environment is a good thing and to criticise him for his dislike of Tony Blair ? I would regard that as a recommendation. The author admits he knew nothing about Charles when he decided to write a book and spent a few months researching. I would suggest that he thought that the books sales were likely to be higher by having a good bitch about the Prince

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  • Mael Dujardin
  • 31-03-2018

it's an extremely long newspaper article

I didn't finish it. it's poorly written, difficult to follow, and has a constantly urgent tone which doesn't sit well with a biography book.

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