Princess Diana’s remarkable letter to lady with marriage troubles REVEALED
PRINCESS Diana wrote a heartfelt letter to a woman suffering from the breakdown of her marriage, it has emerged.
In 1995, Diana received a distressing letter from a woman detailing the perils of her marriage, and was so overwhelmed with emotion she penned a reply back to her.
The late princess sympathised with the woman, named Erika, and appeared to share a similar trauma from her very own marriage with Prince Charles.
Diana commended the woman’s “courage” in her letter, saying she recognised the “mental and physical bruises” the lady had to endure.
She wrote: “Dearest Erika, I have received your letter and of course read it with concern and a wish to support you in any way I can.
There is a great deal of pain inside you, hence the block as you call it – that is a natural response for someone who has been through the traumas you’ve experienced.
“Reading between the lines of your letter I feel a very special lady is struggling with a low self-esteem because of all the bruises you had to deal with, mentally and physically.
“I do know that it takes great courage to write as you did and with that honesty and clarity the light will appear in your tunnel.
“I am thinking of you so much, hang on in there Erika.
Lots of love from Diana x.”
The princess’ letter came just days after her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir, where she revealed details of her failed marriage to Charles.
In the BBC interview, she described how there were “three people” in her marriage, in reference to Charles’ affair with now-wife Camilla.
A British Royal collector acquired Erika’s letter, and has now consigned it for sale with Julien’s Auctions.
The letter is tipped to sell for £4,000.
Not much else is known about Erika, the lady who received Diana’s letter.
Martin Nolan, of Julien’s Auctions, said: “Our understanding is that Erika was a member of the public who was experiencing a troubled time and she wrote to Diana for advice and support as she herself had experienced a difficult time with the break up of her marriage.
“Diana is very gracious and compassionate, and she offers great encouragement to Erika that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
“It seems as if she is speaking from her own personal experience when she writes this.
“Diana would write letters to troubled people and one can imagine how much it would have meant to Erika to receive such a warm response.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1981 in what seemed like a fairytale ceremony.
The couple separated in 1992, and officially filed for divorce four years later after the Queen sent them a letter advising them to end their marriage.
Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK