“If I had known that, I would never have consented”
Princess Diana’s emotional letters to be auctioned
Letters from the late icon Princess Diana (1961-1997) reveal how she negotiated King Charles III’s divorce (74) experienced. The 32 documents are now being auctioned – the auction is expected to bring in around 90,000 pounds.
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Princess Diana wrote several letters to a couple of friends between 1995 and 1996.
Princess Diana (1961-1997) would not have accepted King Charles III. (74) – then Prince Charles – if she had known how “desperate and ugly” the separation would be. This becomes known through her letters, which are auctioned off, as reported by the “Daily Mail”.
In her darkest hours, Diana wrote her sorrows from her soul. The recipients of the letters were Susie and Tarek Kassem. The couple is now selling the messages. They were created between 1995 and 1996. The pair are releasing a total of 32 letters for auction; the writings can be bought individually.
The couple sells the pieces because “owning the documents means a great responsibility” that they do not want to pass on to their children. The couple will keep some more personal letters. The auction is expected to bring in £90,000 (just under CHF 102,000). The Kassems donate the proceeds to charities that Diana once supported.
Princess Diana suspected she was being bugged
In a letter dated April 28, 1996, Diana canceled a visit to the opera – because of the stress of the separation. She is going through a very difficult time, she wrote – the pressure is serious and coming from all sides. “It’s sometimes too difficult to keep your head up and today I’m on my knees just longing for the divorce to go through because the potential costs are enormous,” the letter also says.
A month later, she told Susie Kassem that her phones were being tapped at Kensington Palace. She continued: “If I had known a year ago what I would experience with this divorce, I would never have consented. It’s desperate and ugly.”
Diana thanked for support
In many letters she thanked the couple she had met during her regular visits to the Royal Brompton Hospital in August 1995 profusely for the gifts and emotional support she had received. In a nod to the royal family, she said: “I’m very touched by how much you both protect me. I’m not used to this!”. The letters will be auctioned by auction house Lay’s on February 16 in Penzance, Cornwall, UK. (bsn)