Diana, Princess of Wales Signed Card:
A year before her divorce, Diana sends holiday greeting to her trusted psychic, Rita Rogers
Partly printed card, reading, “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas/and New Year/1995,” bearing a mounted black and white photograph of Diana posing with her two young sons, Princes William and Henry. Inscribed by Diana “Rita, much love from, Diana.” – with bold and sharp signature. White card mount with gilt Royal Crest on front. Fine condition.
Princess Diana was the ‘most photographed woman in the world’, and a true 20th century icon. From her fairytale wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, to her tragic death in 1997, her life captivated people around the world. She was a beloved figure and humanitarian around the globe, and her connection with the masses made her an instant celebrity.
Underneath the glamour, though, things were not so picture-perfect. Diana’s rocky marriage ended in divorce in 1996, but according to Sally Bedell Smith, author of “Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess,” that was not when her problems began. Diana suffered from mental illness, severe mood swings, and depression throughout her short life, and frequently visited alternative healers, including astrologers and spiritualists to help her find happiness and peace of mind.
She met psychic Rita Rogers in 1992 at the recommendation of her sister-in-law Sarah, Duchess of York, and consulted with her regularly. Rogers was the only one from the princess’s personal life who met Dodi Fayed, the man who died along with Diana in the car crash. They came to consult with her on August 14, 1997, just over two weeks before they were tragically killed.
This card, inscribed to Rita, was sent a full year prior to Diana’s legal divorce, but the couple had already been separated since 1992, and this is the third holiday card she sent without Prince Charles. Accompanied by a paperback copy of Smith’s bestselling book, “Diana in Search of Herself.”
Princess Diana’s autograph is probably the most sought after among autographs of famous people in the world, with this holiday card dating to a particularly painful period in her life. A rare and valuable glimpse into the famed celebrity’s personal life.