Prince Charles love letters to go on sale in US
Love letters reportedly written by an unmarried Prince Charles to an ex-flame are to go on sale in the US, wherein the first-in-line to the UK throne expressed his fear of divorce just a year before he wed Princess Diana.
London: Love letters reportedly written by an unmarried Prince Charles to an ex-flame are to go on sale in the US, wherein the first-in-line to the UK throne expressed his fear of divorce just a year before he wed Princess Diana.
The seven-page hand-written letter, sent by Charles to Welsh-born Janet Jenkins in 1980, speaks of his "enormous concern" over divorce.
Charles wrote: "I do hope you have recovered from the traumatic business of marriage and divorce in such a short time.
"Thank goodness you discovered the mistake early enough and didn't start a family. Starting a family and making a mistake like that is frankly, something which concerns me enormously."
The seven-page letter, written in his trademark scrawl on Windsor Castle headed notepaper, is signed: "With much love, Charles."
It adds: "I shall just have to get married as soon as possible and then all these people might relax a little! I still think my solution of marrying a girl from each Commonwealth country is the best one."
It is one of six letters the Prince of Wales sent to Jenkins up for sale in the US.
Jenkins was a receptionist at the British consulate in Montreal when she met Charles?during a visit to Canada in 1975, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.
The other five letters were written in 1976 when Charles was 26 and a Royal Navy officer on HMS Bronington and Jenkins was 30.
In one, he proposed a meeting far from the prying lens of the media: "I would have thought your apartment is the quietest place. If we went out the press would be on to it in a flash and that would be misery."
In another, he apologises for "ruining a gloriously cosy evening" by rushing off, signing it "Much love and a big anti lonely 'hug' from Charles".
The love letters were first put up for sale in 2005 but subsequently withdrawn for fear of upsetting the Prince.
In 2009, they were listed again by Alicia Carroll, a Los Angeles collector and dealer of British royal memorabilia, with an asking price of USD 30,000.
This time Carroll has initially put up only the most recent of the letters, sent in 1980, up for sale for USD 3,900.