Princess Diana’s Letters Sold at Auction
Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, who was the first wife of Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, wrote countless letters throughout her lifetime and a handful were recently sold at a UK auction. Handwritten notes, seven in total, were sent to the head steward at the Buckingham Palace during the 1980s and 1990s. These fascinating letters offered a lively glimpse into the world of the beautiful public figure who met her untimely end during the fall of 1997, due to a fiery car crash.
The late Princess Diana, who died at the young age of 31 had two children, princes William and Harry, both featured in those letters. Princess Diana wrote in a letter dated October 17, 1992: “The boys are well and enjoying boarding school although Harry is constantly in trouble! We are off to Korea in November so a good place to do Christmas Shopping!”
Written on Kensington Palace notepaper, the letters had a pre-sale estimate of $745 to $1,117 prior to being sold for $2,978 by auction house Cheffins Fine Art. Another note, with a similar appraisal, was auctioned for $3,972. That particular note was sent just a few days following Prince Harry’s birth in 1984. The letter depicting the “particularly happy time” stated: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!”
In 1992, a letter from Princess Diana was delivered to Dickman, which was of particular significance. That letter thanked Dickman for his support after the death of her father, John Spencer, Viscount Althorp. That particular item was sold for $3,724.
The handwritten artifacts were deemed a “historically important collection of Royal letters and memorabilia,” according to Cheffins spokeswoman, according to an email to FoxNews.com.
Princess Diana was known for her charity throughout her life, which concluding in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
Ian Whittock is the Managing Director of Evoque Claims and Appraisals, Evoque Auctions and Identidot Coding Services.