Eighteen years after Princess Diana’s death at the age of 36, her down-and-out former lover is trying to profit off of their romance.
James Hewitt, 57, recently tried to sell the letters Diana sent him from 1987 to 1988, at the start of their five-year relationship.
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Those close to Diana tell Closer that Hewitt’s attempt to profit from the eight letters and 26 cards — including two notes handwritten by then-six-year-old Prince William — is the ultimate betrayal.
James at a London hotel in 2005. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Diana would be furious to think that her words and emotions contained in those letters were to be sold,” Paul Burrell, Diana’s former butler and confidant, tells Closer.
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“I have no doubt that she would have already instructed her lawyers to bring an injunction to stop the sale.” (Hewitt pulled out of the deal with LA memorabilia dealer Gary Zimet after it was made public that he was offering to part with the letters for $150,000.)
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