Never-before-seen Diana letter calling Queen ‘the Boss’ show ‘delightful’ personality

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The note, addressed to Roger Bramble, Charles’ friend, fetched £8,700 at auction. In total, a cache of 36 letters from Diana to Mr Bramble sold for a combined £82,000.

Dated October 19, 1995, Diana wrote to Mr Bramble, then-Lord High Sheriff of Westminster, apologising if she made him late for an appointment with Her Majesty.

The pair had lunch at the Bibendum Restaurant in Chelsea, London that day.

It read: “I just hope your arrival at Westminster Abbey was before the Boss (The Queen) and if not, I expect to have been mentioned in the excuses!”

One letter showed Diana tell her friend about her “ghastly week” following the publication of Andrew Morton’s 1993 biography on her.

In another letter, Diana also told Mr Bramble of how happy a young Prince Harry and Prince William were to be involved in an investiture.

In October 1993, “the boys” had accompanied Diana to lunch at the Festival Hall along with Ms di Lima and Mr Bramble who received the Order of the Southern Cross from William.

The Princess said: “The boys were thrilled to be included in such adult conversation!

“A memory never to be erased was seeing you receive your gong – a first for William and yourself!”

A relative of Mr Bramble discovered the collection of letters, dating between August 1990 to May 1997, tucked away in a cupboard in the family home.

They offered the cache to David Lay Auctions of Penzance, Cornwall, who sold them individually in an auction on Thursday.

A statement for the Bramble family, provided to the MailOnline, said: “We have been concerned that contemporary portrayals of Diana may become accepted wisdom in the minds of the public.

“We believe these letters reveal the writer to be an affectionate, cultivated and delightful human being and that their wider publication could only do credit to their author.”

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Mimi Connell Lay, from the auction house, also told the outlet about the auction, with bidders coming from across the world.

She said: “People just love Diana, she was enormously popular.

“You learn a lot more about her as a person from reading these letters.

“You see her character and personality and intelligence come out.

“We are thrilled with the results of the sale and delighted for the vendors and that the proceeds are going to worthy causes Diana was associated with.”

The proceeds of the auction, which attracted bidders from all over the world will be split between the English National Ballet, Opera Rara, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and the Benesh International Endowment Fund.

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