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‘I love my boys’: a handwritten letter from Princess Diana has resurfaced online


by Grace McGettigan
07th Mar 2020
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Princess Diana’s former butler has shared an excerpt of a letter he once received from the late Lady Di


Paul Burrell, who once served as Princess Diana’s butler, has shared a photo of a letter he once received from the late Lady Di. In the letter, she writes about her sons Prince William and Prince Harry, and details her hopes for their future.

Taking to social media, Burrell said, “As Harry, Meghan and Archie embark on a new life, I am reminded of some poignant words which Princess Diana wrote to me many years ago. They are a mother’s words of unconditional love which are as appropriate today as they were when she wrote them over 24 years ago.”

The excerpt reads, “I love my boys to death and hope that the seeds I’ve planted will grow and bring the strength, knowledge and stability that is needed.” Burrell also shared a black-and-white photo of Diana and her then-young boys.

 

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Burrell also shared a snippet of a second letter, under which he wrote the caption, “My thoughts have been with Meghan and Harry this week as they take a huge step into a new life. I have also been thinking of Princess Diana and wondering what she would have thought. In my heart, I know that she would want Harry and Meghan to be happy above all else.

“Yesterday I found a letter which the Princess wrote to me so many years ago,” he continued, “and one line jumped out from the page. In her hand, she wrote… ‘I would look up and laugh and love and live’.

“I feel they are appropriate words to wish Meghan, Harry and Archie every possible happiness in Canada and beyond.”

 

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Burrell served as Princess Diana’s butler from 1987 until her death in 1997 and has often described himself as “the only man Diana ever trusted” (though Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd, rebutted this).

Photo: Paul Burrell, Instagram


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