Royal biographer will set the record straight at Portsmouth Festivities

TALK Penny Junor will be involved with the Portsmouth Festivities.  Picture: Helen Reeve
TALK Penny Junor will be involved with the Portsmouth Festivities. Picture: Helen Reeve
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CRITICS have accused her latest Royal biography as being anti-Princess Diana.

Now Penny Junor is looking to set the record straight about her book, called Prince William, when she talks about it at a huge arts festival in Portsmouth.

The book, which focuses on the life of the Prince, explores how his childhood was made difficult by the turbulent relationship between his parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

It explores Diana’s battle with bulimia as well as her struggle to fit in with the royal family and accept Charles’ friendship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

As part of her visit to St George’s Church, in Portsea, for the Portsmouth Festivities, Penny will respond to the criticisms.

Penny, who has written books about the royals for more than 30 years, said: ‘There has been a lot of negative reaction to my book, with people calling me a “Diana hater”.

‘I want to dispel that myth and inform people that is not the case.

‘I firmly believe that she was a great ambassador the royal family and she brought to light a lot of causes which were being swept under the carpet.

‘But at the same time there was a more complicated side to her. She had quite a few problems.

‘Despite the trouble in his upbringing Prince William has turned out to be one of the most influential men of his generation.

‘He is a remarkable man who is going to be our future king.’

Penny, 62, of Surrey, used to visit Portsmouth as a child when her father Sir John Junor took her out on his boat, which he kept on the River Hamble.

‘I’m delighted to be coming back,’ she said.

‘I hope that people will appreciate my book. There’s definitely been a resurgence in interest about the royal family, what with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and William and Kate’s wedding last year.’

Tickets for Penny’s talk, which starts at 4pm on Monday, June 25, cost £8 for adults and £1 for under-18s.

For more information contact the Portsmouth Festivities box office on (023) 9282 4355.

Portsmouth Festivities runs from June 22 to July 1.