They were undoubtedly difficult times for the newly-divorced couple. A turbulent marriage had just come to an end and, understandably, emotions were running high.
The immediate thoughts and feelings of Prince Charles following his separation from Diana, Princess of Wales in 1996 are captured in a letter he sent to close friend and interior designer Dudley Poplak, set to be auctioned off at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester on 14 June.
In the letter, written two days after the official announcement of the separation, the Prince of Wales vents his frustration over the struggles he had been through- all of which were ‘’part of the test.’’
He wrote, “The trouble is that, at the time, it can be pretty awful having to live through all the misinterpretation and the flak put up by those who stand for the purist materialist values.
“Perhaps they will appreciate the things I try to do after I am dead!’’
Another Kensington Palace-crested letter handwritten by the Princess, in which she thanks Poplak for good reading suggestions that he made, is also up for grabs.
“I have been fascinated by the contents of the Daily Meditations,’’ the Princess wrote. ‘’As for a couple of years now I’ve followed the French philosopher Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov’s way of thinking, but in my travels had not come across this particular edition.
“You are marvellous, Dudley, the way you’ve kindly sent me all these things to read – they do interest me enormously.”
Among the collection that will also go under the hammer is another letter sent by the Prince to landscape consultant Vernon Russell-Smith, in which he defends his quotes he made about modern architecture in a BBC documentary. A pair of white shoes worn by the Princess when she a nursery assistant at the age of 19 is also expected to fetch anything between £200 and £800.