Prince Philip wrote ‘cruel’ letters to Diana, inquest told

PRINCE Philip wrote “derogatory” and “cruel” letters to Diana, Princess of Wales, which left her furious and upset, her inquest was told yesterday.

Two “nasty” notes Philip sent to Diana criticised her conduct and left her angry, according to complementary therapist Simone Simmons who became a confidante of the princess.

The inquest has already heard evidence about Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, writing affectionate letters to his then daughter-in-law as the royal family attempted to save her marriage to the Prince of Wales when it broke down in 1992.

But the therapist claims the letters, one written in 1994 and the other the following year, reveal a different aspect of the relationship between the two royals.

Ms Simmons first met the princess in 1993 when the royal began attending regular energy healing sessions she ran at a clinic.

The two became friends and Diana would sometimes spend up to 10 hours on the phone to the healer.

Ms Simmons told the hearing in late 1995 Diana had a book on graphology — the study of handwriting — and was going through her correspondence with other members of the royal family examining their styles of writing.

“She showed me a couple of nasty letters as we were going through analysing things according to this book. “Diana read one out to me, she was furious and she was imitating the voice of the Duke of Edinburgh.”

Nicholas Hilliard, representing the coroner, asked Ms Simmons whether she agreed with the suggestion: “The Duke made cruel and disparaging observations about the propriety of the conduct of Diana.”

The healer replied: “Yes.”

She was questioned by Michael Mansfield QC, representing Mohamed Al Fayed, about the notes and told him one was typed while the other was hand-written and both were signed by the duke.

Talking about the hand-written letter that Diana read out, Mr Mansfield asked: “As far as that one’s concerned, would it be correct to say extremely derogatory about her?”

Ms Simmons replied: “Yes and very cruel as well.”

Ms Simmons also said Diana had given her a copy of a dossier about the landmine industry she had compiled during her campaign against the weapons.

The therapist said she had hidden this under her mattress, along with other documents from the princess.

She had burnt the dossier after Diana’s death because she was afraid of what might happen to her.

“I believed that if they could bump Diana off, then they could bump anyone off — and I value my life.”

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