Touching letters written by the late Princess Diana, which reveal intimate moments of her family life, have been released.
The correspondence was written to Buckinham Palace Steward Cyril Dickman in the Eighties and early Nineties, showing the heartwarming bond between her two sons – and that Prince Harry already had something of a rebellious nature at the age of eight.
One letter, written in 1984, says: “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!”
In another, in 1992, she said that Prince Harry was constantly in trouble at boarding school. Prince Harry had been a pupil at Ludgrove School in Berkshire at the time.
She also spoke about the support she received after giving birth to Prince Harry, when she said a “mass of flowers” had arrived.
The poignant letters are set to be auctioned off in the New Year when they are expected to fetch somewhere in the region of £15,000. Christmas cards from Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will also form part of the auction.
Mr Dickman served as palace steward for more than half a century and was clearly very close to the princess. He had also acted as an advisor to Sir Anthony Hopkins when the actor was playing the role of a butler in The Remains of the Day.
He had first started his career at Buckingham Palace, looking out for fires on the roof during the Blitz. He retired at the age of 65, passing away 20 years later in 2012. The letters were discovered by his grandson who has now decided to put them up for auction.
Cheffins’ auction house specialist Dylan Mander said: “It is incredibly rare to have letters from Princess Diana with such a personal touch to them.”