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

Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles by Tom Bower

Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles - the explosive biography, as seen in the Daily Mail

Tom Bower

3.09 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 22 Mar 2018
ISBN: 9780008291730

`The pampered, petulant, self-pitying Prince. A devastating book by Britain's top investigative author' Daily Mail `Explosive new book delves inside the bizarre, ultra luxury world of Prince Charles' The Sun Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
2 stars out of 5
Robbie Millen
23 Nov 2018

"if you like only to hear good of the royals, you’ll want to swerve this book"

If you like only to hear good of the royals, you’ll want to swerve this book, a sustained character assassination of the Prince of Wales. In Tom Bower’s telling he is vain, petulant, money-hungry and out of touch. Apparently, Camilla had to explain what clingfilm was to him; he brings his own loo seat when staying with friends; one associate told Bower that Prince Charles is an “an Olympian whinger — whingeing into the small hours on the telephone with friends”. On and on it goes.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
21 Dec 2018

"Not a soothing or a graceful read this, but gripping."

Bower shows us how cut-off from real life Charles is, surrounded by staff who ensure that when he goes to stay with people in their country houses, a truck arrives first, containing his own orthopaedic bed, Kleenex Premium Comfort lavatory paper, Laphroaig whisky and bottled water.

Bower also tells a darker story, of the Prince’s increasingly shameless dependence on donors’ money in return for favours. Guests donate up to £500,000 to his charities in return for sitting next to him at Buckingham Palace dinners. At one recent banquet, Charles made the gaffe of referring to the guests as ‘donors’ rather than ‘friends’. An embarrassing truth had slipped out.

Astonishingly, the Prince doesn’t feel at all rich. ‘He hasn’t got a yacht and he doesn’t eat lunch,’ a senior aide pleads. Not a soothing or a graceful read this, but gripping.

  • The Sunday TimesBooks of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Helen Davies
2 Dec 2018

Based on 120 interviews, Rebel Prince is an unauthorised account of the “utter hell” of being Britain’s longest-waiting heir to the throne. And what a crown of thorns it appears to be, as Bower records tales of the temper tantrums, luxury trappings and traps that Prince Charles and his coterie both set for the rest of the family and fall into. There is more than enough carping, cosseting and cattiness here to satisfy any appetite for royal intrigue.