'My marriage was a Greek tragedy': Prince Charles's astonishing hand-written letters to Nancy Reagan reveal his anguish over his split from Diana

Mail Online | 6/21/1992 | Caroline Graham;Daniel Bates In Los Angeles For The Mail On Sunday
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The letter was heartbreaking in its simplicity.

For a man forced to maintain a stiff upper lip in public, it was a rare release of privately-held anguish to a loyal and trusted friend, one who truly understood how it felt to be vilified on the world stage. The letter, dated June 21, 1992, was addressed to ‘My Dear Nancy’, better known as former US First Lady Nancy Reagan.

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Today The Mail on Sunday can reveal the astonishing personal letters between Prince Charles and the Reagans, which formed the backbone of a friendship spanning four decades that ended only with the death of Mrs Reagan at the age of 94 last year.

At a time when Princes William and Harry have chosen to campaign for mental health issues – and this week spoke openly for the first time about their mother’s death 20 years ago – the never-before-seen letters from their father to his trusted friends across the Atlantic take on a particular poignancy by showing how Charles, too, suffered emotional turmoil and sought private solace and reassurance.

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The extraordinary letters also reveal for the first time how Charles was:

The letters vary in tone and content and are written in the Prince’s trademark black ink on crested notepaper from various homes including Highgrove, Sandringham, Birkhall – his hunting lodge in the grounds of Balmoral – and the British Embassy in Washington.

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There is even a small idiosyncrasy, a princely form of shorthand, in which a dot above a short horizontal line stands for the word ‘in’.

His emotions veer from elation and pride – clearly besotted Charles describes how Diana dazzled on the dance floor during a White House gala in 1985 – to gut-wrenching grief and despair on the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother.

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The letters were part of Mrs Reagan’s private collection which, on...
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