Princess Diana's sweet apology letter to her bodyguard – sent just weeks before she died

Written just five weeks before she tragically passed away, Princess Diana took the time to thank her bodyguard Graham Cook for "taking such good care" of her and her sons on what would be their last family holiday.

The note, complete with a Kensington Palace crest, was written on July 23 1997 – exactly five weeks before her death.

In the letter, Diana recognises that the family's "presence, along with that of the media" in the French resort had proved challenging for the bodyguard.

But ultimately, their "magical ten days" would "not have been possible without [Graham's] invaluable contribution" and the family wished to send their "warmest possible thanks."

Both Diana's sons Prince William and Prince Harry then signed the thoughtful note which is expected to be sold for between £1,000 to £2,000 at Gilding Auction House later this month.


Director of the Auction House Mark Gilding said: "This personal correspondence from Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons to one of her bodyguards during the summer of 1997 is from a highly important time of the late Princess's life.

Describing the intense "media spotlight she found herself under", Mark added that this "ultimately contributed to her untimely death not much more than a month after this letter was written."

Princess Diana's Thank You Letter to Graham Cook

"Dear Graham,

William, Harry and I very much wanted to write to thank you for taking such good care of us during our stay in Saint Tropez.

We realise that our presence, along with that of the media, made your job enormously difficult, and for that we apologise!

However, we all had a magical ten days – which would not have been possible without your invaluable contribution and for that, we all send our warmest possible thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Diana, William, and Harry"

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