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Diana's 'Darling Dodi' letters read at inquest

Princess Diana’s letters to “Darling Dodi” were read Friday at the inquest into the deaths of the couple.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Princess Diana’s letters to “Darling Dodi” were read Friday at the inquest into the deaths of the couple.

In a letter thanking Dodi Fayed for a six-day holiday on his yacht in the summer of 1997, Diana wrote: “This comes with all the love in the world and as always a million heartfelt thanks for bringing such joy into this chick’s life.”

Michael Mansfield, a lawyer for Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, also produced a letter which the princess sent with a gift of cufflinks.

“Darling Dodi, these cufflinks were the very last gift from the man I loved most in the world, my father,” she wrote.

“They are given to you as I know how much joy it would give him to know they were in such safe and special hands. Fondest love, Diana.”

Diana's friend questioned
Diana and Fayed died as a result of a car crash on the night of Aug. 31, 1997, as they were being driven through the streets of Paris. French and British police say driver Henri Paul was well over the legal alcohol limit.

Mohamed Al Fayed alleges the two were about to become engaged and were murdered in a plot directed by Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, to keep a Muslim out of the royal circle.

Mansfield introduced the letters on Friday as he questioned Diana’s friend Rosa Monckton, who had said on Thursday that she believed Princess Diana was still recovering from a previous relationship when her romance with Fayed bloomed.

‘A serious matter’
“She was treating this relationship with Dodi as a serious matter wasn’t she? It doesn’t suggest it was little more than a fling after a couple of days,” Mansfield said.

“She tended to speak and write in an extravagant way,” Monckton replied, but agreed that the sentiment was genuine.

Monckton quoted Princess Diana as saying she would still have been in a relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, but Khan could not cope with the publicity that followed the princess and ended the relationship.

Monckton rejected Mansfield’s suggestion that Diana had dropped Khan because she had fallen in love with Fayed.

“She told me Hasnat would never have her back once the photographs of her with Dodi had appeared and she was very upset about it,” Monckton said.

Monckton said as she left court that she was glad her part in the inquest was over.

“Some of the questioning was rather aggressive, but I just told what I knew,” Monckton said outside court.