The traditional auction house Lay’s Auctioneers in the United Kingdom announced that a collection of 32 intimate letters from Princess Diana was sold for US$ 169,663, approximately R$ 900 thousand, this Thursday (18). The correspondence, written on Kensington Palace letterhead with Diana’s royal cipher, was sent by the ex-wife of King Charles III to a couple of friends Susie and Tarek Kassem.
Classified as “highly personal” and “confidential”, the letters chronicled the last three years of Diana’s life (1994 to 1997), who died aged 36 in the early hours of August 31, 1997. She and her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed , died after crashing their car at high speed in the tunnel of the Pont de l’Alma, next to the Seine river, in Paris, France.
Susie and Tarek Kassem were close friends with the mother of Princes William and Harry and have kept the letters for nearly 30 years. The two decided to sell them to financially support some of the charities that were helped by the couple and also by Diana. The names of the organizations were not revealed.
The auction house responsible for the event also revealed in a statement that the Kassem have not sold their entire personal collection. They decided to keep some of Princess Diana’s “most personal and confidential letters”.
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