Letters from Princess Diana Shed Light on Family Life

Long before Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton entered the royal family, the world was enamored with Princess Diana and her picturesque life. Now, a new treasure trove of letters has been discovered from the princess, giving readers a rare glimpse at the goings-on in the private family.

Cyril Dickman was a steward at Buckingham Palace for over 50 years and reportedly knew the royal family well. Dickman’s grandson recently uncovered countless pieces of handwritten mail from the princess, which will be auctioned off next month. In these correspondences, Diana discusses the arrival of Prince Harry and how his older brother Prince William dotes on him.

“Dear Cyril, it was so very kind of you to have sent us such a lovely card, on the arrival of our small son—we both were greatly touched by your thoughtfulness and enormously appreciated it,” the princess wrote, via E! News. “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!” Diana continued. “This is just to say a big thank you, Cyril, for thinking of us at this particularly happy time, with lots of love from, Diana.”

In another letter, the princess writes about William and Harry’s studies, hinting that her youngest son is making his teacher’s lives difficult in boarding school.

“The boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot,” the princess wrote on Oct. 17, 1992, “although Harry is constantly in trouble!”

The letters will be auctioned at Cheffins auction house on Jan. 5, 2017 and are valued at 15,000 pounds ($18,428).