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Letter reveals the Queen’s heartbreak over Princess Diana’s death

Letter reveals the Queen’s heartbreak over Princess Diana’s death

Princess Diana’s passing is something that is still discussed to this day, despite taking place more than twenty years ago on August 31, 1997. This is because not only was it embedded in people’s minds but was also a pivotal moment in the history of the royal family.

Upon Princess Diana’s passing, the British Royal Family was criticised for their initial reaction.

However, a resurfaced letter written by The Queen sets to change all of that.

According to The Express, the Queen expresses her sadness in the letter.

"It was indeed dreadfully sad, and she is a huge loss to the country.

“But the public reaction to her death and the service in the Abbey seem to have united people around the world in a rather inspiring way.”

The Queen also spoke about the strength of her grandchildren and Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

“William and Harry have been so brave and I am very proud of them.”

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The letter was written in response to condolences from Lady Henriette Abel Smith, who was a lady in waiting, as well as a close confidante to the Queen.

Following the death of Lady Smith in 2005, the letter was auctioned off the same year and initially obtained by the Daily Mail

A majority of the letter was typed, but it was the written postscript where the Queen let her true feelings show.

”I think your letter was one of the first I opened – emotions are still so mixed up but we have all been through a very bad experience.”