The biographer tells us what she likes about the new Disraeli bio by Stanley Weintraub

By EW Staff
Updated December 17, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

”At nighttime, I’ve just started reading the new Disraeli biography by Stanley Weintraub. So far, I’m fascinated. Disraeli started life as a Jew and then denounced (his former faith) to serve Queen Victoria, which says something about the hypocrisy of 19th-century England. I think he was the queen’s favorite of (all the) prime ministers who served her-probably because he put the Crown first. Then, to get stupidity, hypocrisy, and ruthlessness out of my system, I quickly dip into Maya Angelou’s Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now. In the daytime, I’m reading a sheaf of love letters written by Prince Philip to one of his alleged mistresses, as research for an unauthorized biography I’m doing on the House of Windsor. The letters are very intimate about the queen, her sister, and the Queen Mother. He’s clearly a man of very strong opinions.”

Kitty Kelley, who wrote the best-selling Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography, claims she bought Prince Philip’s letters at an estate sale.