Sold in individual lots in Penzance as part of an Antiques & Interiors sale on February 16, they were penned by Diana to Susie and Tarek Kassem, whom she first met in August 1995.
The Kassems have kept some of their more personal and confidential letters but the content of the Lay’s items do touch on the enormous stress Diana experienced during periods of very public heartbreak.
They had estimates of between £800-1200 to £5000-10,000 with the proceeds going to charities.
The lots sold well over their guides, with one of the top prices, £26,000, paid for the signed letter shown here dated December 17, 1996, handwritten in ink two sides on Diana’s personal cream and burgundy Kensington Palace notepaper. Lay’s described it as “a particularly poignant and heartfelt letter”.