Prince Charles’ Handwritten Letters About Diana Released

Twenty years after her tragic death, Princess Diana’s relationship with Prince Charles is still a topic of conversation among people everywhere. It was no secret that they had a rocky spell which resulted in their divorce in 1996, a year before her passing.

Their troubled relationship and messy separation were subject to plenty of speculation. Despite attempts at damage control, Charles’ public image never recovered especially after he admitted to being in an extramarital relationship with his mistress, Camilla.

Charles has since not publicly spoken about his marriage with the late princess but a letter has recently surfaced to reveal how the prince truly felt after the end of his union.

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Just 2 days after their official separation in 1992, the Prince of Wales penned a handwritten letter to a close friend and interior designer, Dudley Poplak, to thank him for being “hugely reassuring and comforting” during an “awful” time.

The royal also added that “‘It can be pretty awful having to live through all the misinterpretation and the flak” and “perhaps they will appreciate the things I try to do after I am dead.”

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Even during such hardship, Charles seemed optimistic that he would come out strong.

“Perhaps it is part of the test that I have to go through in order to come out the other side, having been tempered in the fire,” he wrote before closing the letter and sending “countless wishes.”

This isn’t the first time that letters from Charles to his friends have mentioned his marriage to Diana. There’s another set of letters that have been causing quite a stir.

Continue onto the next page to see what the prince wrote about Diana to former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Express reported that Prince Charles had a very close friendship with former First Lady Nancy Reagan but kept it a secret for as long as possible. In the course of their friendship, the pair exchanged plenty of letters, some of which were recently released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in California.

In these correspondences, Charles talked about Diana often and in one instance described their relationship as “a kind of Greek tragedy.”

“No one can really understand what it all means until it happens to you which is why it all keeps getting worse and worse. One day I will tell you the whole story,” wrote Charles.

In another letter he shared that he is fully aware of the media creating stories for profit, “I know exactly the methods these dreadful people employ to create the maximum amount of controversy and conflict by making the wildest allegations to make the maximum amount of money.”
His problems with Diana aside, perhaps the most shocking confession Charles made is found in a letter addressed to the wife of the UK Ambassador to Washington in which he admitted: ” I have fallen in love with Mrs Reagan – she is wonderful… I wanted to kiss her.”

Charles’ letters to Poplak as well as four others are currently up for auction and are expected to sell for about $400- $700 each. As for his letters to Mrs. Reagan, they will remain with the Foundation as per her wishes.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!

[h/t: The Daily Mail/Express UK]

Meghan Markle’s Half Sister, Meghan Was Treated Poorly At Pippa’s Wedding

 

 

According to Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Grant, Meghan was treated poorly at Pippa Middleton’s wedding on May 20, 2017, at Englefield Estate in Berkshire, England. In an interview with Radar Online, Samantha discussed how her half sister was treated, even stating that Princess Diana would be “appalled” at the situation.

According to Samantha, Meghan was kept out of the church service and only appeared at the reception. Everyone was included in the wedding party, including James Middleton and his girlfriend, TV personality Donna Air. But Markle was kept away from all this.

In an exclusive interview with Radar Online, Samantha did not leave any detail out about how her half sister was treated this past week stating “for the royal family to exclude her from the wedding is in very poor taste.”

“To ignore Meghan at the ceremony and for photographs is pure snobbery. She should have been there. She’s classy, and her dress was designed as a one-off,” Samantha went on to say in defense of her sister.

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Samantha went on to say that the late princess would never have treated her son’s girlfriend so poorly like the situation that occurred at the wedding.

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“Diana would be appalled to see how Harry’s true love was treated,” Samantha stated about the whole matter.

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Samantha clearly wanted to stand up for her sister and tell the world that what happened was not right and was no way to treat someone.

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Samantha’s sudden release of emotion comes just a few months after it was disclosed that she was writing a tell-all book about her sister.

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Samantha was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and is currently in a wheelchair because of her condition.

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Samantha and her sister have not always seen eye-to-eye. Although Samantha’s defense shows that maybe she cares for her half sister, her intentions are slightly questionable.

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The media can’t seem to get enough of this couple. Meghan has been dating Prince Harry since 2016. Kensington Palace officially confirmed their relationship among rumors that had been swirling prior to the announcement.

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On November 8, 2016, Kensington Palace released a rare statement confirming that the pair was a few months into their relationship.

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The statement also revealed a special request from the Prince himself in which he asked the public to stop “abusing and harassing” Markle and her family.

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The pair has been spotted in public several times ever since, and the wedding they attended together this past week confirms that they are still going strong.

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Markle and Prince Harry might have looked happy when they arrived at the wedding reception together. But according to Markle’s half sister Samantha, it was the exact opposite.

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This Is Why Princess Diana Would Always Hold Her Purse Near Her Chest

 

 

 

 

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For decades, the way female royals carry their purses have been analyzed by critics and fans alike.

For example, Queen Elizabeth II uses her accessories to communicate with her staff while Kate Middleton has a tendency to clutch her bag when she does not want to shake a person’s hand.

Photographs of Princess Diana clutching her purse-of-the-day closely to her chest are rather iconic, but the reason why the late royal did this has been at the loss of many until recently.

 

As one might expect, being a member of a royal family comes with a lot of responsibility, and one of those responsibilities is to keep a modest and conservative appearance at all times.

Princess Diana wasn’t quite so conservative in her style of dress, but she was blatantly aware of the rules nonetheless.

 

Princess Diana was well-known for her sweetheart necklines and her relatively low cut mini-dresses. As a royal,

 she still liked to keep it classy no matter how fashionable. Her purses gave her another way of doing that.

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She would hide the top of her bosom from showing by holding her purse close to her chest.

The legacy of Princess Diana’s fashion sense carries on even two decades after her passing. This timeless dress can still be found in stores and boutiques today!
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Here is Princess Diana in a more modest piece, taking inspiration from her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. No clutch trick necessary here!
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Note that when Princess Diana did use this trick it was often when it was time to get out of a car. The low dip and the higher position of the paparazzi called for more coverage.

 

Here is Princess Diana in a red dress with a red circular clutch to her chest in an attempt to stay modest.

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Princess Diana and Hillary Clinton both dressed in stylish, but modest skirt suits—no clutches necessary!

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Here is the late royal in a periwinkle sparkly blue mini dress and her white clutch at her chest.

Lastly, yet another photo of Princess Diana using her infamous trick.

So, if you didn’t know about the story behind the great Princess Diana and her handbags, you most certainly know now!

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What Princess Diana May Have Looked Like If She Was Alive Today

 

 

 

 

Last July marked what would have been Princess Diana’s 56th birthday and we can’t help but wonder what the world would be like today if she hadn’t passed away in 1997.

  • Princess Diana was born on July 1st, 1961
  • She died on August 31st, 1997

The famous down-to-earth Princess brought a fresh air to the castle and to people’s hearts. Since she married Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the summer of 1981, people couldn’t seem to look away.

Here are some facts about this grandiose woman and what we think she’d be up to today if she were alive.

1. Diana’s older sister, Sarah, is the reason Prince Charles and Diana met, as she was the one dating him. However, their relationship hit a rough patch when she told a reporter, ‘I am not in love with Prince Charles.’

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2. Diana, however, seemed to really like him and even had a picture of the Prince above her bed at boarding school.

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3. Diana was 16-years-old when she met Charles, who was 28 at the time. According to Vogue magazine, she was thrilled and told her music teacher all about it.

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4. However, they didn’t start dating until 2 years later, when Diana was 18-years-old and Charles, 30.
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5. The prince proposed on February 6th, 1981 but their engagement was kept secret for the next few weeks.

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6. When the secret was out, she picked an engagement ring consisting of 14 solitaire diamonds, that surrounded a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold. This caused a major scandal since she picked it from a catalogue, instead of having one custom made.

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7. Her wedding dress was adorned with over 10,000 tiny mother of pearl sequins and pearls, and included a 25-foot-long-train–the longest in royal history, as reported by Vogue.
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8. This is what she would’ve looked like now if she hadn’t died. (Though we’re not sure where this picture came from, we think it’s as accurate as it gets.)

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9. She changed the way children received their education in the royal family. Traditionally, it was conducted by private tutors and governesses, but she insisted Prince William attend nursery school in London.
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10. She wanted her two boys to have the most normal upbringing possible. However, she would sometimes do things for them that were anything but ‘normal,’ like invite Cindy Crawford to the palace for dinner because 13-year-old Prince William had a crush on the supermodel.

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11. According to her personal chef, Darren McGrady, Diana had a very casual approach to how she treated her staff. ‘She would say, Darren, I need a coffee. Oh, you’re busy. I’ll make it. Do you want one?’
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12. She divorced Prince Charles on August 28th, 1996 and received a sum settlement of 17 million pounds, as well as 400,000 pounds per year.
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13. Prince Charles and Diana were reportedly not on speaking terms by the time of Diana’s death.

 

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14. However, Buckingham Palace stated that the Princess was still a member of the Royal Family, as she was the mother of the second and third in line for the throne.

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15. On August 31, 1997, she died in a car crash in Paris. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver, Henri Paul, died with her.

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16. In 1999, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.
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Firefighter Reveals Princess Diana’s Final Words 20 Years After Her Death

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The death of Princess Diana was a tragic one. Many of us remember the day the accident happened in Paris. But on the 20th anniversary of her death, one of the French firefighters who was at the scene remembers her final words.

In an interview with The Sun, the firefighter noted, “The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident.” Xavier Gourmelon and his team arrived at the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.

He continued, “We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive. Diana said to me, ‘My God, what’s happened?’” Gourmelon said that the princess was conscious when he pulled her out of the vehicle.

 

 

He continued telling The Sun, “She was moving very slightly and I could see she was alive…I could see she had a slight injury to her right shoulder…”

 

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But once Gourmelon and his team lifted the Princess from the backseat and onto a stretcher, she had suffered a cardiac arrest.

 

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“I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she was breathing again,” he continued. The firefighter believed that she had a chance to live.

 

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He added, “As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance she was alive…but I found out later she had died in the hospital. It was upsetting.”
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According to the now-retired firefighter, at that time he didn’t know that the woman he pulled from the wrecked Mercedes was Princess Diana. He only found out after the paramedic told him.
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“I was so shocked,” he told The Sun. “I knew who she was, but don’t follow British royalty closely. I went to the ambulance and looked in and that’s when I recognized her.”

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Gourmelon also recalled how the Princess’s bodyguard was trying to reach for her from the front seat of the car but the firefighters told him to remain calm.
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Gourmelon has not been able to speak publicly about that accident for 20 years because he couldn’t speak about his experience while serving…until now.
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