Rare Princess Diana letters revealing her ‘inner strength’ to be sold at auction
An extraordinary haul of previously-unseen letters from Princess Diana are expected to fetch a whopping £30,000 as they go under the hammer.
The correspondence – including handwritten notes and a Christmas card – were sent to family friend Roger Bramble and at points describe the Princess’ "inner strength".
Covering the period over divorce from Prince Charles, the collection stretches from between 1990-1997.
It is reported that the letters had been stashed away in a cupboard in a farmhouse for 23 years.
Offering a candid insight into the People’s Princess, the writings talk of the mundane activities that come with "impending" divorce.
She also shared her feelings after a “ghastly week” and referred to the Queen as “the Boss” in her letters.
In total there are 36 letters from the former Princess of Wales’, with the last being sent only three months before her tragic death in Paris.
Having had correspondence from the Queen regarding her split, Diana told Mr Bramble: “I like to hear your wise council and appreciate the pointers too. You are hugely kind to me Roger and it makes all the difference.”
Mimi Lay, David’s wife, said the letters will appeal to Diana’s fans or the relatives of the people or even to the owners of posh cafes and restaurants in Mayfair where she enjoyed lunch and dinner, mentioned in the letters.
As reported by Cornwall Live, she said: “This is one of the most extraordinary sales we have ever done. No-one in the world has handled a collection of letters from Diana quite like this.
"Diana remains one of the most photographed and most famous people in the world even today, 20 or so years after her death.”
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The collection was given to David Lay Auctioneers to sell by one of Diana’s long time family friend.
The majority of the letters are from Lady Di herself with one from her mother and one from Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s private secretary at the time.
Mimi said: “These letters come from an elderly gentleman who was a very dear friend of Diana and her mother.
"She was really fond of him. He was impressed with our sale of the other Diana letter in the summer and asked his younger relations to dispose of them as they see fit. They have decided to sell them through us which is very exciting. We’re thrilled.”
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The letters and Christmas card have an auction price of £20,000 to £30,000.
Mimi believes selling the collection as a whole would price out the average fan.
She added: “These letters are beautifully written and show Diana’s real character as witty, warm and generous rather than how she was portrayed in the media.”
One of the letters includes a small frowny face scribbled by the Princess as she cancels a lunch appointment with her friend.
In one of her letters, Diana talks about her dear friend Adrian Ward Jackson, who was a former member of the board of directors of the Royal Ballet who died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 41.
The letter reads: “Adrian had a very kind heart and was a valuable friend to me, but to see him reach the psychological and spiritual destination of acceptance before he died will be a memory I will treasure, as few manage to make that plateau.
"I learnt more about inner-strength than anything moral during his last few days and as we know bereavement is an experience of change and adjustment so life must go on.”
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