This three part ITV drama took some time to get started but once it warmed up, it took all its carefully tangled plot-strands and just about straightened them out by the end.
Of course, the minute you see Ray Winstone in the title role and read the blurb about his being an ex-con, you immediately expect a routine hard-as-nails gangster-yarn.
I was so affected by the spite and slander, it took me more than 20 years to recover my professional and emotional equilibrium.
I don’t think James Hewitt ever recovered — either from his affair with Diana or the opprobrium heaped on him for revealing it.
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I dearly wish I could write that, at 58, he had forged a new life far from the shadows of royal sensation.
They were filmed as they ate ice cream, chocolate, cereal bars, yogurt and apples.I always reply that no, I have no regrets, but if I had known what I would have to go through afterwards, the toll it would take on me personally, then I would never have written it.Naive to the point of insanity, it simply never occurred to me back then, aged 26, that I would be subject to such a sustained level of vitriol.’ When I answer yes, the author of Doctor Zhivago was my great uncle, their next question is: ‘Do you regret writing Princess In Love?’This was the book I wrote nearly 25 years ago, in collaboration with James Hewitt, chronicling his five-year affair with Princess Diana, after her marriage to Prince Charles had broken down.