A series of handwritten letters from Princess Diana have been sold at auction for more than $24,000 (£15,100). The notes, which were addressed to Buckingham Palace steward Cyril Dickman, were written between 1984 and 1993 and offer a glimpse into the relationship Diana had with her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
One letter, which was sent a few days after Prince Harry's birth in 1984 notes the bond between him and his older brother Prince William. "Dear Cyril [Buckingham Palace's Head Steward at the time], it was so very kind of you to have sent us such a lovely card, on the arrival of our small son," she wrote, adding, "We both were greatly touched by your thoughtfulness and enormously appreciated it."
The letter continued: "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!” Diana's letter about the "particularly happy time" was estimated with a value of £400-600 but was auctioned for £3,200.
The letters also shared some honest reflections about her sons. Diana wrote to Cyril on October 17 1992 and noted that Harry, now 32, was "constantly in trouble" at school. "The boys are well and enjoying boarding school although Harry is constantly in trouble," she wrote. “We are off to Korea in November so a good place to do Christmas Shopping!”
The handwritten letter, which appeared on Kensington Palace notebook paper had a pre-sale estimate of £600-900, but was sold for £2,400. In another, Diana thanked Cyril for his support following the death of her father.
Diana wasn't the only member of the royal family who was fond of Cyril. The collection included a host of cards, letters, and well-wishes from Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, the Queen and Prince Philip.