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Diana, Princess of Wales, "Caught Up on Sleep" During Her Honeymoon

New letters give a rare look into her marriage to Prince Charles.
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Everyone knows about the international spectacle that was Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding in July of 1981. But what happened after that famous day?

In a rare look into the private lives of Diana and Charles, a batch of crested-paper letters (emblazoned with the royal crest), written by the princess to her personal secretary, Jane Parsons, will be auctioned off this spring in Gloucestershire, England. But there is one letter particularly gaining a lot of attention. Dated August 15, 1981, while on the Royal Yacht Britannia for her honeymoon, Diana allegedly wrote: "The honeymoon was a perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep…."


In addition to details about the honeymoon, the correspondences include information about the 4,500 baby presents Prince William received and the 24,000 thank-you letters that were sent out by Diana's ladies-in-waiting, and how Diana made sure that her staff was not too "exhausted, overworked and underpaid" after William's birth.

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The prince and princess play with a young Prince William in the gardens of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.

In another letter, written on Kensington Palace crested paper dated July 5th, 1983, Diana expresses how excited she was to see William again after returning from the royal tour of Australia.

The letter reads: "William recognized us instantly, which was a relief as sometimes children resent their parents leaving them! It's marvelous to be home again and hopefully, we won't have to do any more travelling this year... Wishful thinking!"

In another pair of letters, written on June 25 and June 26, 1982, after William's birth, Diana wrote to her office staff: "I know you are being buried under an avalanche of mail ... don't despair, there won't be another baby Wales until I've had a decent rest."


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The Prince and Princess of Wales with William at Kensington Palace

Prince Charles also took the time to address the staff and said he felt "apologetic at all the extra work we are probably going to land on you!"

The 25 lots being auctioned off in April also include wedding gifts, dried flowers from the Princess's wedding bouquet, Christmas cards, photographs and invitations to numerous royal events.

[h/t the Telegraph]

From: House Beautiful

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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