Princess Diana's letters, private and personal ones to her former boss, Margaret Hodge, are being auctioned off to the highest bidder on June 21 at a Royal Memorabilia Auction in England.
The letters, written only for the eyes of Hodge, Princess Diana's former principal at the school she worked at as a kindergarten teacher before marrying Prince Charles, tell of her early years of marriage and the birth of her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. They date back to 1981.
What a treasure for Hodge to have Princess Diana's letters telling of happier times before the divorce and her tragic death. Why would she want to sell such personal items that she was so honored to have received from the Princess of Wales? Why would she want to get rid of letters from a friend who happened to be a princess?
It's all about money. According to abcnews, "Hodge, 69, says she is selling [Princess Diana's] letters, valued at more than $30,000, reluctantly because she wants to have a level of [financial] comfort in her old age."
Although no one can know Hodge's thought process in her decision to sell these letters, which she has kept in her possession for so long, learning that she is using the money to make her retirement years worry-free is understandable to many. During this time of financial stress, there are many people who would do exactly what Hodge is doing in order to make ends meet and support themselves and their families.
Margaret Hodge and Princess Diana must have been wonderful friends to have exchanged letters in spite of Princess Diana's busy schedule and very public life. It must be extremely difficult for Hodge to part with such special keepsakes from someone that was such a dear friend.
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