Sunday 21 January 2018

Diana letter up for auction tells of joy over 'unseen' visit to Charles

Ellen Branagh in London

A HAND-written letter revealing Princess Diana's joy at "slipping" in and out of Sandringham -- the royals' country retreat -- the Christmas before she married Prince Charles is to go under the hammer, an auctioneer said yesterday.

The letter, said to be written by Diana to her stepmother Raine, also refers to how much she was looking forward to a trip to Australia, which she went on in February 1981, as well as a mention of a woman she refers to only as "she".

The apparent insights into the princess's thoughts are being sold as part of an Antiques and Collectables sale on February 22 and 23 in Northamptonshire -- where the Spencer family's Althorp Estate is.

Two letters are being sold on behalf of a private seller who used to work for the Spencer family.

One of them, written on January 18 1981, refers to a Christmas spent at Sandringham before the couple married in July 1981.

"Dearest Raine, what a touching letter you wrote to me," it said, adding, "as you saw, I went to Sandringham and I arrived and left without being seen. I can't help but be pleased.

"Thinking back to 'she'(!) of our conversations I think it's so right for me to go to Australia and not long, 2 1/2 weeks will do both of us good.''

Another letter, written on headed notepaper just weeks before on December 28, 1980, thanks Raine for her gifts to Diana, saying everything is the "perfect colour" and she hopes to appear in a "vision of turquoise".

Irish Independent

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