Princess Diana's handwritten letter set to fetch $1500 at auction
A copy of the handwritten note was uploaded online which mentions the princess thanking her hosts from 1980 and admitting that she overindulged in chocolates on Christmas
A rare handwritten letter by the Late Princess Diana is expected to go on sale and the auction is reportedly going to fetch $1,500. The late royal, who was also popularly known as the "People's princess" had penned down the letter on auction as a thank-you note when she was in her late teens and about to get married.
A copy of the handwritten note was uploaded online via the Daily Mail, which mentions the princess thanking her hosts from 1980 and admitting that she overindulged in chocolates on Christmas.
“Dear All, just a quick note to say an enormous for all you organized and did over Christmas. As for that delicious box of chocolates, I have helped finish them and now feel very large! I do hope you enjoyed the day as I obviously did and again many, many thanks for making Christmas Day so memorable,” she wrote.
The top half of the letter carries Princess Diana’s home address, along with her telephone number. Although it does not have a date mentioned, it is speculated that the letter was written before she got married to Prince Charles.
Grant Harrold, who is a former royal butler, took a look at Diana's impersonal letter and shared his thoughts on the same. “This is a lovely and rare insight into a letter written by Diana Princess of Wales. As it is written to ‘Dear All,’ it may be a round-robin letter to perhaps a large group of people. There may even be more than one copy of this letter if this is the case. This was possibly written by the Princess of Wales when she was dating Prince Charles,” he said.
“You don’t often see private letters from the late Diana Princess of Wales estate coming up on auctions for members of the public to be able to purchase. Many personal items you only get to see when on public display,” Harrold later added.
The new letter comes just a month after another of Diana's letters was sent off for auctioning at Boston-based house RR Auctions, and it will continue to remain there till June 13. In the letter, a young Diana writes to fashion designer Bruce Oldfield, and his business partner, Anita Richardson.
In the letter, the Princess thanked the fashion designers for a jersey they had sent her for her 29th birthday. She had quite a close relationship with the designer duo and even signed off her letter to them with a kiss and a smiley face at the bottom.
In the letter, Diana wrote, 'What a wonderful Jersey I have been given & how really touched I am to be remembered for entering my 30th year, I want a medal when I finally make it, please!" She later added, "It was typical of you both to spoil me with one lovely Jersey, is this a new line as I haven't seen this before, or am I just very behind with the times?!"
The letters are to be sold alongside three Christmas cards sent out by Prince Charles and Diana and are slated to go for $800 (£600) each.