Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana, has unearthed a never-before-seen private letter from Princess Diana to him. The words are particularly meaningful in the wake of reported rifts between Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles after Harry and Meghan Markle suddenly resigned as senior members of the Royal Family.
“I love my boys to death and hope that the seeds I’ve planted will grow and bring the strength, knowledge, and stability that is needed,” the excerpt reads. Burrell explained why he was sharing the message now: “They are a mother’s words of unconditional love which are as appropriate today as they were when she wrote them over 24 years ago.” At least in Harry’s case, the strength to carve his own path must have been extreme. Hopefully reports are also true that the brothers have resolved their differences through secret peace talks.
It seems pretty clear that Harry’s thinking of his mother right now. He referenced her specifically (and her death) in a recent speech explaining why he’s stepping back. Not only that, but it bears a striking resemblance to Princess Diana’s similar stepping-back speech in 1993. He’s also said that the paparazzi and British media scrutiny on his family reminds him of what happened to his mom, and he’s taking steps to protect his family.
Here’s the post with the picture of the letter:
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As Harry, Meghan and Archie embark on a new life, I am reminded of some poignant words which Princess Diana wrote to me many years ago. They are a mother’s words of unconditional love which are as appropriate today as they were when she wrote them over 24 years ago. “I love my boys to death and hope that the seeds I’ve planted will grow and bring the strength, knowledge and stability that is needed.” #sussexroyal #kensingtonroyal #princessdiana #princessdianaforever #ladydi #ladydiana #herroyalhighness #princewilliam #princeharry #cambridge #royalfamily #harryandmeghan #dukeandduchessofcambridge #dukeandduchessofsussex #kensingtonpalace #buckinghampalace #englishheritage #burrellsbritain #royalbutler #dianaprincessofwales #queenofhearts #meghanmarkle #archieharrison #archieharrisonmountbattenwindsor
And he earlier published another small excerpt (from what I’m assuming is the same letter). He explained, “In my heart I know that she would want Harry and Meghan to be happy above all else. Yesterday I found a letter which the Princess wrote to me so many years ago and one line jumped out from the page. In her hand she wrote…’I would look up and laugh and love and live.'” You can swipe to see the excerpt:
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My thoughts have been with Meghan and Harry this week as they take a huge step into a new life. I have also been thinking of Princess Diana and wondering what she would have thought. In my heart I know that she would want Harry and Meghan to be happy above all else. Yesterday I found a letter which the Princess wrote to me so many years ago and one line jumped out from the page. In her hand she wrote…. “I would look up and laugh and love and live”. I feel they are appropriate words to wish Meghan, Harry and Archie every possible happiness in Canada and beyond. #sussexroyal #englishheritage #harryandmeghan #dukeandduchessofsussex #princessdiana #princessdianaforever #ladydi #ladydiana #dianaprincessofwales #herroyalhighness #princeharry #princeharryandmeghan #cambridge #sussex #princewilliam #princeharryofwales #meghanmarkle #meghanmarklestyle #royalfamily #kensingtonroyal #kensingtonroyals #kensingtonpalace #archieharrison #archieharrisonmountbattenwindsor #buckinghampalace #dukeofsussex #duchessofsussex #megxit @kensingtonroyal
Really sweet, and really poignant.