Saturday 24 March 2018

Jackie would have wanted the secrets in her private letters to remain hidden forever

Jackie Kennedy
Jackie Kennedy

Gerard O'Regan

Twenty years ago last Monday, Jacqueline Kennedy finally succumbed to the cancer she had been battling for the previous five months.

She had known for some weeks she was going to die – and so had sufficient time to put her affairs in order. This she did with the kind of meticulous planning she had applied to an intensely private life over the previous 30 years.

Despite being under relentless public glare, she was determined to carry countless secrets to the grave. For decades, she had maintained a steely public silence on the role she played in some of the most dramatic events of the 20th century.

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