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Diana letters on sale at auction
Diana and Dodi
Diana and Dodi died when their car crashed in a Paris underpass
Letters from the Princess of Wales have sold for 19,400 at auction in Swindon.

The letters and cards were written by Diana to her reflexologist Chryssie Fitzgerald.

The princess sent the letters during the period of her marriage breakdown and the first two years of her separation from Prince Charles.

At the same auction, 150 black and white pictures depicting Churchill's early career sold for 18,510.

'It hurt so'

The photos were in an album which was recovered from a skip.

They chart Churchill's time in Lord Asquith's Liberal Government, recording events from 1908 to 1915, and belonged to the wife of a former Daily Telegraph journalist in Essex.

Many of them have not been published for more than 90 years.

One of Diana's letters - sold for 3,300 - tells of her reaction to former Army Major James Hewitt's public revelation of their affair.

Diana wrote: "Last week was the (underlined) toughest yet that I have had to face & I did everything I could to keep myself above water.

"When I came for my appointment I was in a total state of shock & very distressed about Hewitt's so called revelations - I never expected to hear on top all that about someone else's hatred for me & what accompanies those feelings.

"It hurt so (double underlined) much to hear from you, Chryssie, that Sarah found me a problem & that with everything else that was going on.

"Please remember something you said to me just last week 'Babs, you're on your own'. Today, I really feel that."

The sales figures for the letters and the photos exclude the premiums.




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