Princess Diana’s ‘private’ letters to Queen BURNED by Margaret to ‘protect royals’
PRINCESS Diana’s personal letters to other members of the Royal family were burned by Princess Margaret in an apparent attempt to protect the monarchy, it has been claimed.
According to royal biographer William Shawcross, Margaret told a friend she had ordered large bin bags of personal letters to be destroyed “because they were so private”. She went through the Queen’s documents in 1993 – shortly after Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced their separation following 11 years of marriage. Mr Shawcross claimed Margaret burned thousands of letters sent to the Queen and her mother in order to “protect” the Royal family from further humiliation.
He said: “Princess Margaret was engaged on one of her periodic ‘sortings’ of her mother’s papers.
“On the Princess’s orders, large black bags of papers were taken away for destruction rather than for ultimate consignment to the Royal Archives.
“There is no record of just what was thus lost but Princess Margaret later revealed that among the papers she had destroyed were letters from the Princess of Wales to Queen Elizabeth – because they were so private.
Mr Shawcross added: ”No doubt Princess Margaret felt that she was protecting her mother and other members of the family.
“It was understandable, although regrettable from a historical viewpoint.”
The latest claims come after it was revealed Charles “expected Diana to be in his shadow” – and not to become a global icon in her won right.
In the Netflix series ‘The Royal House of Windsor’, their relationship was cast as a “mismatch” with early signs of tension.
Among the first signs of problems in their relationship emerged in a TV interview where Charles, then 21, said he expected to be the most prominent partner in his future marriage.
He said: “Whomever I choose is going to have a jolly hard job, always in my shadow.”
Historian Dr. Piers Brendon added: “Charles felt he could impose his own personality on her and she would become a kind of female compliment to him.
“So she was a toy, she was a kind of Barbie doll as far as he as concerned.”
Diana and Charles met during a party at Petworth House, West Sussex, where their blossoming friendship grew into romance, with the couple marrying a few months later.
But commentators claim the pair were complete opposites.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said: “Diana was damaged.
“She needed to feel love 100 percent of the time.
“Charles, on the other hand, was a very needy young man.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK