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Monday, November 9, 1998 Published at 10:52 GMT


UK

Author says Charles 'secretly pleased'

Prince Charles has already denied any involvement in the book


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Author Penny Junor has denied her book about the Prince of Wales is an attack on Diana, Princess of Wales.


The BBC's Jon Leyne: "There's great interest in how the prince resolves his private and public dilemnas"
Ms Junor, who has been accused of slighting Diana's memory with claims that the princess issued death threats to Camilla Parker Bowles, said the prince had been unfairly portrayed as a "villain" in his relationship with his wife.

She also revealed that the prince would be "secretly pleased" that his side of the marriage had been told in her biography, Charles: Victim or Villain?


[ image: Penny Junor has been accused of
Penny Junor has been accused of "slagging off" the princess
Ms Junor told the BBC: "He knows about this book, and I believe he's not unhappy with it."

She claimed Princes William and Harry would also be heartened that someone had taken their father's side

"I appreciate the princes' and sensitivity and have written this book with them in mind.

"I am presenting their father in a more balanced light. I think they might appreciate that."


[ image: The book alleges that Camilla received death threats]
The book alleges that Camilla received death threats
The book claims that Princess Diana made death threats to Mrs Parker Bowles in a series of late night phone calls.

It also says Diana had an affair with her bodyguard and that the Queen was reluctant to allow Princess Diana's body to be flown home in a Royal plane.

It caused controversy when the allegations were first published in a Sunday newspaper a fortnight ago.

Buckingham Palace dismissed the claims as "a grotesque misrepresentation of the truth".

Prince Charles and Mrs Parker Bowles also issued an unprecedented joint statement denying any involvement in the book which, they say, was neither authorised, solicited nor approved by them.


[ image: Ms Junor claims the couple had vicious rows]
Ms Junor claims the couple had vicious rows
The statement said that for the sake of the Princess's memory and Princes William and Harry, what is in the past should remain there.

But Ms Junor says she spoke to more than 30 of Prince Charles' closest friends, relatives and advisers.

She argues the prince's circle felt it was time to challenge inaccuracies contained in previous books; that the prince's relatives and friends feel he has suffered enough and misconceptions about the relationship should be corrected.


Penny Junor: " I believe he's not unhappy with it"
"It is settting a record straight and presenting a bigger picture than the one we've had at the moment of the Royal marriage," she said.

"As anyone who chooses to read my book will see, I have not taken any side in this story. I have merely reported the facts as I found them and I do not apportion blame."

Some commentators have pointed out that some of the conversations on which the book was based took place before Diana's death - when friends of the prince may have felt more able to be candid than they would now.

Others say the book could destroy the public rehabilitation of Charles which his advisors have so carefully crafted since Princess Diana's death.





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