More insights into the wedding of the late Princess Diana and King Charles have been revealed.
Secret letters the Princess of Wales sent to friends detailing her “ugly” divorce from King Charles reveal how painful the split was.
Thirty-two letters written to his friends Susie and Tarek Kassem are currently being auctioned, according to the Mirror. The money will be given to a number of charities supported by Diana, who died in 1997, during her lifetime.
Kassems put the memo, expected to sell for about $111,000, under the hammer on February 16 with Cornwall-based Lay’s Auctions.
One of the notes to be sold is dated April 28, 1996, and describes Diana’s feelings during her relationship with Charles, 74.
“I’m having a hard time and serious pressure and it’s coming from all sides,” he wrote. “It’s too hard sometimes to keep my head and right now I’m on my knees and just want this divorce to go through because of the potential costs are incredible.”
Diana had announced two months earlier that she had agreed to Prince Charles’ divorce request. Their separation ended in August 1996.
Elsewhere in the letter, he also claimed that his phone was bugged, a theory shown in the Season 5 episode of Netflix’s “The Crown” where Diana, portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki, believes the royal family is trying to harm her and worries. someone listening on her phone.
On May 20, 1996, Diana wrote to Susie: “Since I don’t have a cell phone, it’s difficult to discuss personal matters because my lines here are constantly being recorded and forwarded.”
“If I knew a year ago what I experienced through this divorce, I would never have allowed it. Desperate and ugly,” the note continued.
In a message written on December 19, 1995 – the day after Queen Elizabeth told Charles and Diana to divorce – Diana recalled how she enjoyed being in the Kassems’ company: “I might be described as a butterfly, but I’m not. I don’t want to fly away from the family who loves this.”
“I’m very impressed with the way you two protect me,” Diana added. “I’m not used to it. [I] never had such love and support from a married team before.
“Susie & Tarek feel very privileged that they have the opportunity to get to know Putri very well,” the auction house said. “The ownership of this horrific document is a responsibility that Kassems does not want to pass on to his children or grandchildren. Kassems wants to give other people the opportunity to receive Princess’s ‘memories’, and in doing so, support a cause that is important to him.
Lay’s Auctioneers’ Mimi Connell-Lay told the Mirror that many of the letters were “emotionally raw and frankly shocking.”
“This is a fascinating collection of letters from Princess Diana,” he said. “He wrote a lot about what was going on in his life at the time, especially his divorce, and repeatedly referred to not having the support of the royal family.”
Connell-Lay noted that Diana confided in Kassem during the worst period of her life.
“Susie met Diana at the Royal Brompton Hospital and it was clear they clicked straight away, Diana said in one of her letters,” she said. “They had a strong relationship and what was clear was how much Diana valued their friendship and support and advice at a time of emotional turmoil for her.”