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sassie 02-07-2007 12:14 AM

"The Diana Chronicles" by Tina Brown (2007)
 
Hold onto your hats, because there is a new one coming out in June by Tina Brown that is described thusly:

"The Diana Chronicles, an exposť of the negative
feelings that people such as the Queen Mother, Fergie, Frances Shand-
Kydd, Raine Spencer, Ruth, Lady Fermoy and Princess Michael of Kent
had towards the late Diana. The book also allegedly makes the
claim that Earl Spencer was not Diana's real father.


Great. An 'expose of negative feelings'. Who would even want to waste the time reading that?

Skydragon 02-07-2007 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by sassie
The book also allegedly makes the
claim that Earl Spencer was not Diana's real father.

There were rumours years ago that Spencer was not Diana's biological father and one strong contender was touted about!

sassie 02-07-2007 09:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Skydragon
There were rumours years ago that Spencer was not Diana's biological father and one strong contender was touted about!

Yes, I think it was Tina Brown who started that rumor-this book has been in the works for years, but, interestingly, is only being published now that Frances Shand Kydd and Jimmy Goldsmith can't refute Brown's claim about Johnnie Spencer.

The rumor has never carried much weight, though-a comparison of pictures of Diana and a younger Johnnie leaves little doubt that he was her father. The familial resemblance is just too strong.

Skydragon 02-07-2007 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by sassie
The rumor has never carried much weight, though-a comparison of pictures of Diana and a younger Johnnie leaves little doubt that he was her father. The familial resemblance is just too strong.

As might be expected, I just don't see it, but I do think Diana and Jemima have a strikingly similar nose, which none of the other Spencer children appeared to have. ;)

sassie 02-07-2007 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Skydragon
As might be expected, I just don't see it, but I do think Diana and Jemima have a strikingly similar nose, which none of the other Spencer children appeared to have. ;)

You don't see a resemblance between Johnnie Spencer and Diana, or you don't see any truth to the rumor of Jimmy Goldsmith being her father?

sirhon11234 02-07-2007 04:20 PM

Well obviously this Tina Brown has no morales. Its soo disgusting that people are trying to defame Diana, nearly 10 years after her death.

Skydragon 02-07-2007 04:20 PM

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Originally Posted by sassie
You don't see a resemblance between Johnnie Spencer and Diana, or you don't see any truth to the rumor of Jimmy Goldsmith being her father?

I don't see any resemblance with Spencer, as I said I do think there is a strong resemblance with Jemima.

sirhon11234 02-07-2007 04:24 PM

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I don't see any resemblance with Spencer, as I said I do think there is a strong resemblance with Jemima.

Well Diana looked more like her mother Frances than Johnnie.

sassie 02-07-2007 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Skydragon
I don't see any resemblance with Spencer, as I said I do think there is a strong resemblance with Jemima.

Well, I guess it's a matter of personal interpretation. I see a strong resemblance between Johnnie and Diana, especially around the mouth. Diana had an even stronger resemblance to Johnnie's mother, Cynthia Spencer: http://www.thedianacircle.com/gallery/ladydiana/images/ladydiana (26)_jpg.jpg

I seriously doubt that Goldsmith was Diana's father, regardless. Just more tripe for the rumor mill.

scooter 02-15-2007 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by sassie
Well, I guess it's a matter of personal interpretation. I see a strong resemblance between Johnnie and Diana, especially around the mouth. Diana had an even stronger resemblance to Johnnie's mother, Cynthia Spencer: http://www.thedianacircle.com/gallery/ladydiana/images/ladydiana (26)_jpg.jpg

I seriously doubt that Goldsmith was Diana's father, regardless. Just more tripe for the rumor mill.

There's no way that lady is not princess diana's grandmother. She's a Spencer allright

Skydragon 02-16-2007 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by sassie
Well, I guess it's a matter of personal interpretation.

Indeed, on this one we will have to agree to disagree. You think she looks like Cynthia Spencer and I think she looks like Jemima Goldsmith.

georgiea 02-17-2007 07:50 AM

I think Diana looks very much like Cynthia Spencer, her grandmother. The only resemblance to Jemima is her thick hair, color of hair and nose. Jemima looks a lot like her mother, Annebelle. But Diana looks like her sister Jane and her mother Francis. Diana had her mother's hair and nose.

I really think Diana is a true Spencer looking at her grandmother Spencer portrait. She also had a special bond with Cynthia Spencer-I wish her grandmother would have lived longer to help guide Diana. Diana is REALLY a Spencer in looks and personality. This NEW BOOK IS TRASH!!!!:wacko:

sirhon11234 02-17-2007 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by georgiea
I think Diana looks very much like Cynthia Spencer, her grandmother. The only resemblance to Jemima is her thick hair, color of hair and nose. Jemima looks a lot like her mother, Annebelle. But Diana looks like her sister Jane and her mother Francis. Diana had her mother's hair and nose.

I really think Diana is a true Spencer looking at her grandmother Spencer portrait. She also had a special bond with Cynthia Spencer-I wish her grandmother would have lived longer to help guide Diana. Diana is REALLY a Spencer in looks and personality. This NEW BOOK IS TRASH!!!!:wacko:

Couldn't have said it better myself. This book is indeed trash.

BeatrixFan 02-17-2007 10:15 AM

I think it's important that we don't go on looks here. I have a cousin who everyone thinks is illegitimate because he looks nothing like any member of the family. Then there's a Great Aunt who looks so much like my Grandmother it's unbelievable but she was illegitimate. We see what we want to see.

sassie 02-17-2007 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by BeatrixFan
I think it's important that we don't go on looks here. I have a cousin who everyone thinks is illegitimate because he looks nothing like any member of the family. Then there's a Great Aunt who looks so much like my Grandmother it's unbelievable but she was illegitimate. We see what we want to see.

Fair enough. And the fact remains that, as far as Johnnie Spencer was concerned, he was Diana's father. Allegations to the contrary-which can't be proven-are just a marketing tool to sell yet another book that will likely end up in the bargain bin after a week.

But, I still can't imagine even wanting to read a book of negative opinions about anyone. What a downer that would be.

BeatrixFan 02-17-2007 10:24 AM

"My Mother's Keeper" and "Mommie Dearest" were full of negative opinions but they were both best sellers. Dragging a public figure's name posthumously in the mud is a tradition that's still with us and will be for a very long time.

Skydragon 02-17-2007 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by sirhon11234
Couldn't have said it better myself. This book is indeed trash.

There is always a tendency to 'trash' books that don't paint the picture we may have of someone. For all we know this book tells the absolute truth! :rolleyes:

selrahc4 02-17-2007 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Skydragon
There is always a tendency to 'trash' books that don't paint the picture we may have of someone. For all we know this book tells the absolute truth! :rolleyes:

Unlike those who have said "this book is trash", I haven't read it yet so I can't say if that's my opinion or not. I do plan to buy it and read it though.

I've had some experience with people who call a book trash or whatever without ever having read it, though. I prefer to form my opinion on my own instead of second hand. I have even heard of people who say they disagree with the Operation Paget report, but haven't read it!! :rolleyes:

BeatrixFan 02-17-2007 01:39 PM

The problem is that Di has had such a good press for such a long time now. A decade of saintly headlines have managed to build up an image that is now threatened by a book that might just paint a different picture of her. But surely we've always had these books about Di, they just haven't had large coverage? For example, the Victim or Villain book was quite revealing about Diana's darker side and it never made headlines because she was still the media Princess of Hearts. Now it's a little different and times have changed. I guess it just proves Olivia de Havilland right, "You can't be on top all the time, it isn't natural".

sirhon11234 02-17-2007 02:07 PM

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Now it's a little different and times have changed
How so? Is it because Camilla is now Charles' dearest second wife.
And maybe these books that try to paint Diana in a negative light hasn't gotten that much attention because alot people won't waste their money on a book that tries to defame a woman who is dead and can't defend herself.


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