Charles, Prince of Wales By Anthony Holden
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A Prince of Wales is always one of the most glamorous and talked-about figures of his day, Prince Charles, as he enters his thirties, is no exception. He is the world’s most eligible bachelor, heir to its only surviving major monarchy and one of the greatest fortunes on earth ; the first heir to the British throne ever to be educated outside his home and the first to win a university degree; he is also a pilot, naval commander and sportsman. But beyond the newspaper adulation, there lies a complex, perhaps immature, at times lonely and confused figure desperately trying to understand his times. The last Prince of Wales gave up the throne rather than succumb to its demands. As Charles gathers junior court around him, he must chart the course of the monarchy into the twenty-first century. Like Edward VII, he may remain Prince of Wales until he is a grandfather. What can he make of a life largely pre-ordained?
This, the first full-scale biography of the future King Charles III, has been written by one of our best-known young journalists, Anthony Holden, award-winning Atticus of The Sunday Times and now Chief US Correspondent of The Observer. He has spent two years travelling the world with the Prince of Wales, talking to those who know him, studying the vices and virtues of his predecessors. His acquaintanceship with the Prince has already attracted considerable publicity. The result is a fascinating, often hilarious, at times disturbing insight into a man born to privilege, pomp, and problems
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