Diana Spencer Autograph

SKU: 8010670

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Autograph letter signed, 2 1/2 pages (on two sheets), 5,75 x 8,25 inch, `Motor Yacht Alexander` letterhead (with flag motif in blue, gilt and red), 16 August 1992, to `Dear Reg` (Reg Spinney)* - emotional thank-you letter: the Princess thanks him for his service as bodyguard to her sons, written and signed in blue dark ink "Diana", with a mild horizontal letter fold - in nearly very fine condition. Accompanied by the original embossed envelope, addressed to "Reg" in Diana`s hand in the same blue ink for hand delivery.

"Dear Reg
   I did so want you to know how deeply we've all appreciated your marvellous (& no doubt challenging!) work during the last five years. 
   William & Harry have been more than fortunate to have you by their side & particularly in my case when William had his accident with his head. 
   My warmest possible thanks, Reg, for looking after "the boys" and being so important in their early years, which is after all the foundation for their future -
   We wish you the best of luck in the future whereever the path may take you ...
      With love from, - Diana"

* Reg Spinney acted as bodyguard and minder to Prince William and Prince Harry from around 1987 to 1992. He was among the first to win their confidence. The letter refers to an incident when Charles and Diana's differences were coming to a public head in 1991. Prince William, then aged eight, was boarding at Ludgrove School in Wokingham where he was accidentally whacked in the head with a golf club by another schoolboy. The school tried to keep the matter internal but Sergeant Reg Spinney bleeped Diana's protection officer, Ken Wharfe, who broke the news of the accident to her while she was lunching with friends. William was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading before being transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Having a deep gash on the left of his head, doctors gave the Prince a general anaesthetic and operated on him for a depressed fracture of the skull, requiring 24 stitches. Charles and Diana had both been to the hospital and Diana stayed overnight, with Harry visiting in the morning. The scar is still clearly visible and sometimes referred to by Prince William as his 'Harry Potter scar', the J. K. Rowling book character having a zig-zag scar on his forehead.
Later Reg Spinney and his SAS-trained partner Sheila Mostyn were hired as bodyguards to protect Camilla Parker Bowles at his own expense. Nicknamed the 'Bullet Catchers' the duo would repeatedly have died rather than let an attacker reach Camilla. No doubt haunted by the death of Diana who had refused to have Scotland Yard officers with her Charles became increasingly concerned for Camilla's safety as her profile as his partner increased. He therefore hired Reg Spinney and his SAS-trained partner Sheila Mostyn as bodyguards at his own expense.

Further Information on the person

Profession:
(1961-1997) First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981.

Year of Birth: 1961

Biography (AI generated)

Diana Spencer, later known as Princess Diana, was born on July 1, 1961, in Norfolk, England. She grew up in a prominent aristocratic family and was well-educated, attending private schools and eventually working as a kindergarten teacher before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.

As the Princess of Wales, Diana became a beloved figure throughout the world for her charm, grace, and philanthropic work. She was particularly known for her advocacy on behalf of those suffering from HIV/AIDS and for her work in raising awareness of the dangers of landmines.

Diana's marriage to Prince Charles was fraught with difficulties, and the couple eventually divorced in 1996. Despite their separation, Diana remained a popular and highly visible public figure, known for her fashion sense and charitable endeavors.

Tragically, Diana's life was cut short in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. Her death was met with an outpouring of grief and mourning around the world, as millions of people mourned the loss of a woman who had captured the hearts of so many.

Even in death, Diana's legacy lives on, as her sons Prince William and Prince Harry continue to carry out her work through their own charitable foundations. Diana's impact on the world will never be forgotten, and she remains a beloved figure in the hearts of millions.

Princess Diana's life was a testament to the power of compassion, kindness, and dedication to helping others. Her memory continues to inspire people around the world to strive for a better, more caring society.

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