Passport: Lady Colin Campbell - 'A lot of what I had said turned out to be true'
Sunday 02 November 1997
She wrote the book using information gathered from friends of the royals, and her passport shows that she travelled to America and Japan in 1992 to publicise the book. She says: "My book was before Andrew Morton's. When the Morton book came out, people saw that a lot of what I had said, which had been discounted at the time, turned out to be true - things like that the marriage was on the rocks and that she had bulimia. I also said at the time that she wanted a separation, which people found slightly unbelieveable - well, of course, later they found out that indeed it was absolutely true." The Russian stamps in her passport trace the lengthy process she had to go through to secure the adoption of her two young sons, Misha and Dima. She says: "I went over in '91, '92 and '93. The laws were very complex and the Russians are very punctilious about respecting the law, and they kept bringing in new regulations, so it was quite an involved process, but certainly worthwhile. I tried to adopt in Britain, but I actually found the system quite counter-productive. I was left with the impression that the system is geared towards keeping social workers in jobs and babies in foster care."
In the end she adopted Russian children because she has some Russian blood. "My father's grandmother was Russian and I feel an affinity for the Russians."
8 'A Life Worth Living: the Autobiography of Lady Colin Campbell' is published by Little Brown. Price pounds 18.99.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
£18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...
Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...
£20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...
£15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...