Princess Diana feared she looked like an
elephant when she danced, and was relieved when her elder
sister did not marry Prince Charles, letters set to be auctioned
later this month show.
In the private letters to her nanny, which will be sold on
September 30 by auctioneers Reeman Dansie, she also wrote
of how, during her pregnancy with Prince William, she longed
"for the day when I can eventually sit on the loo (rather
than) looking over it!"
Born into an aristocratic family, Diana's engagement to Prince
Charles was announced in 1981, when she was 19, and the couple
married that same year, going on to having two children
Princes William and Harry.
In July 1996, however, the couple divorced, and Diana was
killed, along with her lover Dodi Fayed, in a Paris car crash
in August 1997.
In a letter written in 1978 to Mary Clarke,
her nanny, when she was 17, she wrote of how she was, along
with her sister Jane and brother Charles, trying to "marry
off (elder sister) Sarah to various men but have failed in
"We even thought Prince Charles might have been in the
running but were relieved when that passed."
In the same letter, Diana lamented to Clarke that though she
loved to sing and dance, "my voice sounds awful and watching
me dance is like watching an elephant, so no one does!"
A separate letter written in January 1982,
while pregnant with Prince William, Diana wrote of how "I
am still feeling and being ill, well into my fourth month
and am at total despair and long for the day when I can eventually
sit on the loo as to looking over it!"
She continued: "I adore being married and having someone
to devote my time, however, I do get annoyed at not being
able to do my washing and general ironing."