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Diana letters to nanny auctioned

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The nanny looked after the young princess from the age of 9 to 11

A letter from Princess Diana describing an attempt to marry off her sister to her own future husband, the Prince of Wales, has been auctioned for 12,431.

The note from December 1978 reveals how Diana played matchmaker between Charles and her older sister Sarah.

But she wrote how she and Sarah were "relieved when that passed".

The letter to Diana's nanny Mary Clarke was sold by auctioneers Reeman Dansie in Colchester, Essex, along with three others that fetched a total of 16,079.

Morning sickness

In the letter about her future husband, Diana - then Lady Diana Spencer - wrote: "For the last few years, Jane, Charles and I have been trying to marry off Sarah to various men but have failed in every direction.

"We even thought Prince Charles might have been in the running but were relieved when that passed."

Diana went on to marry the prince in 1981. The couple separated 11 years later.

The other letters mention Diana's excitement over her wedding, and her persistent morning sickness when pregnant with Prince William.

In one written in January 1982, Diana - then the Princess of Wales - mentions how she took Charles to her family home of Althorp, Northamptonshire, where they had a few accidents.

"In our short stay we managed to break two Stuart chairs and a glass window," she wrote.

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