Everything you need to know about Andrew Morton, Princess Diana’s secret biographer
Diana’s tapes weren’t released until 20 years after her death
Happy “The Crown” Day, one and all! The long-awaited season five is finally here, and this time, Princess Diana is taking centre stage.
The ’90s were filled with controversies, scandals and unconfirmed gossip. Before the former Princess of Wales sat down with Martin Bashir in the infamous, tell-all Panorama interview, onlookers were left to guess everything she was going through.
Enter Andrew Morton. The author, who (it’s safe to say) has a real interest in the Royal Family, released a memoir based on Diana’s life in the public eye. After years of Palace denial, it was revealed after her death that Diana actually was the book’s main source of information. But, by this point, it had already sold millions of copies around the world – and even inspired a film.
So, just who exactly is Andrew Morton? And what has he gone on to release since?
After graduating from the University of Sussex, the writer worked for the Daily Star, the Daily Mail and the now-shut down News of the World until the late ’80s. Just a few years later, he wrote the “unofficial” biography of Princess Diana. In 1993, the book was turned into a made-for-TV film, starring Serena Scott-Thomas.
In the aftermath of Diana’s death in 1997, Andrew revealed that the Princess had sent him tape recordings to help him out with the book. He released a new edition a few weeks later, titled Diana: Her True Story In Her Own Words.
The success of the Diana biography enabled Andrew to write two more about the royal family. A book about Prince William was released to coincide with the Royal Wedding in 2011 – while Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, was published in 2018.
Andrew has gone on to have a successful career as a celeb biographer. He’s also covered the lives of Madonna, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie.
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