Saturday, February 15, 2020

Prince Philip's letters to Princess Diana that made her 'boil with anger' and left 'red-faced'

Princess Diana and Prince Charles endured a bitter divorce that reverberated throughout the Royal Family.

Intimate details of their tumultuous marriage have emerged throughout the years, including during the inquest into Diana's death.

The 'People's Princess' tragically died aged 36 alongside boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

And it's claimed Philip once sent letters to Diana, which made her 'boil with anger' and left her 'red-faced with fury'.

The notes saw Philip, now 98, criticise Diana's behaviour towards Charles during their bitter break-up.

The missives, sent in 1994 and 1995, came to light at Diana's inquest in 2008, when her confidante Simone Simmons spoke about them.

Ms Simmons, a spiritual healer, told the hearing she spoke to Diana for hours at a time over the phone - and recalled one conversation when the princess was 'furious'.

She told the inquest: "Diana read one out to me because she was absolutely furious and she was actually imitating the voice of the Duke of Edinburgh."

The pal added that Diana was going through her letters as she was reading a book about the study of handwriting.

Ms Simmons said one of the letters was handwritten, while the other was typed.

She claimed the princess let her see one of them after reading the other out loud.

The jury was shown redacted versions of other letters between the pair.

When asked if the Duke had made 'cruel and disparaging observations' about the princess's conduct, Ms Simmons replied 'yes'.

She agreed the letters had been 'extremely derogatory', with one of them leaving Diana 'red in the face'.

The claims contradicted Palace assurances that Philip only sent Diana six letters in 1992.

They were apparently 'affectionate and caring' and were written with the intention of helping the princess to deal with her crumbling marriage.

In previous hearings, the inquest was presented with heavily edited letters dated from 1992 from Philip to Diana which suggested they had a warm relationship, with the princess referring to him as “Dearest Pa”.

But further letters, dated from 1994 and 1995, were very different in tone, according to the therapist.

Philip came under pressure to testify at the inquest after Ms Simmons' account, however the coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, ultimately decided against calling the Duke to give evidence.

Ms Simmons claimed she believed the princess was targeted by MI6 as she apparently planned to release a document exposing British companies' links with landminess.

1 comment: