The Duke of Edinburgh wrote “derogatory” and “cruel” letters to Diana, Princess of Wales which left her furious and upset, her inquest was told.
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 the Duke 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 senior 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 women became friends and Diana would sometimes spend up to 10 hours on the phone to the healer, the inquest jury heard.
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 said: “She showed me a couple of nasty letters as we were going though analysing things according to this book. Diana drew my attention only to two letters that really upset her. 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, did not ask Ms Simmons to describe the contents of the letter but asked her 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,” then added that the other letter left Diana “red in the face”.
When contemplating the above it should be remembered that according to documents obtained by the late Sherman Skolnick, it was the Duke of Edinburgh who gave the final order to settle the Diana and “Dodi problem”.
We cannot vouch for the document’s authenticity but reprint it below and leave readers to decide.
DOMESTIC COLLECTION DIVISION Foreign Intelligence Information Report Directorate of Intelligence WARNING NOTICE – INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND METHODS INVOLVED FURTHER DISSEMINATON AND USE OF THE INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CONTROLS STATED AT BEGINNING AND END OF REPORT
REPORT CLASS: TOP SECRET REPORT NO: 00.D 831/173466-97 COUNTRY: France DATE DISTR: 17 June 1997 SUBJECT: File overview: Diana Princess Of Wales-Dodi REFERENCES DCI Case 64376 SOURCE: CASParis/CASLondon/COSGeneva/CASKingston/UK citizen Ken Etheridge
1. Relationship initiated between Diana POW and Dodi aF according to reliable intel sources in November 1996. Intimacy begins shortly after they meet. (Report filed)
2. Reliable source reports Palace seriously disturbed by liaison. PM considers any al Fayed relationship politically disastrous. Edinburgh (Prince Phillip -ed) sees serious threat to dynasty should relationship endure. Quote reported: “Such an affair is racially and morally repugnant and no son of a bedouin camel trader is fit for the mother of a future king,” Edinburgh. (Report filed)
3. Request from highest circles to DEA attache UK for 6 on Dodi re: Cocaine. See File forwarded to UK embassy DC. (Copy filed)
4. US liaison to MI6 requested by David Spedding for assistance in providing permanent solution to Dodi problem. Blessing of Palace secured (Twiz filed)
5. WHuse (White House -ed) denies Spedding request. Harrison authorized only to arrange meeting for MI6 representative with K-Team Geneva. (Twiz on file)
6. Meeting in Geneva reportedly successful (Report filed)
7. al Fayed Mercedes Limo stolen and returned with electronics missing. Reliable intel source confirms K-team involved. Source reports car rebuilt to respond to external radio controls. (Report filed)
8. COBGeneva reports that on May 28, 1997 heavily weighted Fiat Turbo . . . . (end of page text)