Princess Diana’s letter to designer set to fetch R17k at auction

Princess Diana wrote the letter in 1990 to thank designer Bruce Oldfield and his business partner for a jersey they had given her for her 29th birthday.

FILE: Diana, Princess of Wales, poses on 15 November 1992 at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris during a three-day visit in France. Picture: AFP

LONDON – A handwritten letter in which Princess Diana jokes about how she "wanted a medal" when she turned 30 is set to fetch R17,000 at auction.

The note to fashion designer Bruce Oldfield was a thank you for a birthday gift he’d sent her.

Princess Diana wrote the letter in 1990 to thank Oldfield and his business partner for a jersey they had given her for her 29th birthday.

On Kensington Palace notepaper, the intimate text ends with a smiley face and a kiss.

The Princess of Wales had long enjoyed a very close relationship with the fashion designer, who often dressed her for high profile public engagements and official events.

The note reads: “How really touched I am to be remembered for entering my 30th year - I want a medal when I finally make it please!”

She died 7 years later.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)