A touching note handwritten by Diana, Princess of Wales on headed Kensington Palace paper complaining that Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble at school”, was part of royal correspondence bought for £15,200 at auction. In the letter dated 20 September 1984 Diana thanked ex-Buckingham Palace steward Cyril Dickman — described as “a favourite of every member of the Royal Family” — for “such a lovely card” following the birth of her youngest son, Harry.
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She wrote: “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!
“The reaction to one tiny person’s birth has totally overwhelmed us and I can hardly breathe for the mass of flowers that are arriving here!”
The letter sold for £3,200, after an estimated price of £400-600 at Cheffin Auctions.
In another, dated 17 October 1992, Diana says how both young princes “are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!”.
This sold for £2,400 – after an estimate of £600-900.
The items were being sold by the family of the late Mr Dickman, who was head palace steward for over five decades. He was said to have received handwritten notes from other senior royals dating back more than 30 years.
It is set to be a milestone year for the princes as they mark the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death in a Paris underpass in 1997.