From the age of
16, she trained as a reporter on the country's largest newspaper,
the New Zealand Herald. As she rose through the ranks to feature
writing, royal visits became her "beat". The young
reporter curtseyed to most of the Windsor family. By the time
Prince Charles made his final bachelor tours, Susan was already
a popular columnist. On assignment in London for The Wedding,
she encountered Lady Diana Spencer. Meeting the teenage royal
fiancée, Susan realized: "for the first time,
here was a member of the Royal Family who seemed just like
the rest of us. Days later, in St Paul's Cathedral I saw her
become a princess."
Diana fever gripped the world and Susan remained in the
Buckingham Palace press corps for eight years. During that
time, she wrote a book and hundreds of magazine articles about
Diana and her growth into the world's most powerful celebrity.
As the Waleses became ambassadors for Britain, the writer
traveled the world in Diana's footsteps and developed a real
compassion for the young superstar.
Susan with Queen Elizabeth II
|Canadian songstress Anne Murray gets her copy of "Diana,
Memory of a Rose"
Romance at last lured the scribe to the USA,
where she married Sacramento bandleader/pilot John Skinner.
In California, Susan studied music and became a professional
singer. The royal link was resumed after Princess Diana died.
London publishers begged the author to repaint the colorful
Diana years in a second book, "Diana, an English Rose".
Susan's third book, "Diana, Memory of a Rose", shares
an insider's view of the Diana Years and Diana's greatest
achievement: the raising of her children and her mission to
bring love to peoples' lives.
Susan Maxwell Skinner has presented entertaining talks on
Diana all over America.
Susan with Sarah, Duchess of York
Susan presenting first book off the press to Pavarotti
Diana's longtime friend.