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Charles' 'woe is me!' post-split letter sells for £360

By Claire Hayhurst

A candid letter written by the Prince of Wales following his separation from Princess Diana has sold at auction for £360.

The handwritten note on Royal Yacht Britannia crested paper reveals his hopes of people appreciating "the things I try to do after I am dead".

Charles writes that it has been "pretty awful having to live through all the misinterpretation and the flak" following the break-up.

He adds: "Perhaps it is part of the test I have to go through in order to come out the other side having been tempered in the fire." The letter, to interior designer Dudley Poplak, is dated December 11, 1992 - two days after the couple's separation was formally announced.

It was sold to a private collector for £360 at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in South Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, yesterday.

A note from Diana to Mr Poplak covering her interest in new age philosophy was also sold at the auction.

Auctioneer and senior valuer Chris Albury said: "We've seen a good number of letters from Princess Diana over the years and in among the short thank you notes are letters that have added poignancy and give insights into her personal life and character.

"Emotionally charged letters like this, which reveal her genuine interest in new age philosophy against a backdrop of a failing marriage, are very collectable. Even more unusual is to have a personal and revealing letter from Prince Charles to the same friend, candidly expressing his pain and frustrations too."

Charles ends the letter to Mr Poplak, who died in 2005, by writing: "At least you understand, which is hugely reassuring and comforting."

The auction also included a letter from Charles defending an attack on modern architecture in the BBC's A Vision Of Britain, which sold for £320 to the same private collector.

A note from Diana, sent to Mr Poplak in February 1992, was also sold for £1,400 to a private collector, and white shoes worn by Diana when she was about 16 fetched £1,800, and were sold to a collector bidding on the internet.

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