Princess Diana letters reveal honeymoon with Charles was ‘perfect opportunity to sleep’
UNSEEN handwritten letters by Princess Diana reveal how her honeymoon with Prince Charles was a “perfect opportunity to catch up on some sleep”.
Writing to personal secretary Jane Parsons MBE, the Princess of Wales also admitted she hoped her firstborn son Prince William would not “resent” her for going away on tour.
Among the collection of intimate letters, thought to be particularly rare is the Princess sent to Miss Parsons during her honeymoon with Prince Charles.
Written on Royal Yacht Britannia crested paper and dated August 15, 1981, she wrote: “The honeymoon was a perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep”.
A typed tally of correspondence received after the birth of Prince William includes details of 4,500 baby presents and records that 24,000 thank you letters were sent out by ladies in waiting.
Letters to “everyone in the office” give thanks for her 21st birthday present and record her “gratitude at having such a wonderful collection of people looking after us.”
The Princess also hopes the staff are not left ” exhausted, overworked and underpaid” after the birth of the new baby prince.
Thanking Miss Parsons and other staff for the gift of a silver photo frame, the Princess writes: “Recently I seem to have endless pictures of William, so it’s lovely to think I’ll be able to frame one of them for our bedroom.”
Princess Diana added: “I have never been more confused than on my birthday as presents and telegrams were pouring in for W at KP as well as my own – so at the moment I just seem to be churning out letters!”
A letter on Kensington Palace crested paper dated July 5th, 1983, shows how pleased Princess Diana was to see her young son when she returned from the Royal tour of Australia.
She writes: “William recognised us instantly, which was a relief as sometimes children resent their parents leaving them!
“It’s marvellous to be home again and hopefully we won’t have to do any more travelling this year… Wishful thinking!”
There are also two letters to the office staff, written by Charles and Diana just a few days after Prince William’s birth, both on crested paper, on consecutive days June 25 and June 26, 1982.
Diana added:”I know you are being buried under a avalanche of mail……don’t despair, there won’t be another baby Wales until I’ve had a decent rest.”
In his letter Prince Charles is “apologetic at all the extra work we are probably going to land on you!”.
The collection of letters and ephemera include typed list of wedding gifts; dried flowers from the Princess’s wedding bouquet; letters written during the couple’s honeymoon on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and following the birth of Prince William, as well as thank you letters, Christmas cards, photographs and invitations to numerous Royal events.
With the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death on the horizon, they will be sold at Stroud Auction Rooms’ in Gloucestershire on April 12 at 10am with viewing on April 11 from 10am to 7pm.
Items can also be viewed from 9am on the day of the sale.
Source: express co uk
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