Carroll (Feb. 2014)
The Everything Royal company
was started because of a love of British history from Queen Victoria
to the present family members. All we know about history is from
a book, a photo or a letter. This is a vast and wonderful collection.
When reading the following articles, please remember, this collection
consists of thousands of books, newspapers, magazines, postcards,
commemorative items, letters, Christmas cards, photographs, gifts
November 7, 2015
I have never seen, met, spoken
to, emailed or sent texts to James Hewitt.
I received a call from a dealer in Los Angeles several months
ago while on summer holiday in Ohio. This dealer stated "he
represented James Hewitt who was offering to sell 8 handwritten
letters and 26 cards from Princess Diana."
I said I had a buyer and asked for a price. I was told $150,000.00.
I said my client wouldn't buy without seeing the cards and letters.
The dealer stated I could see the originals at his bank in Los
Angeles. He then sent me "overnight delivery" photocopies
of the items being offered. It turns out he did not have originals
and said in the event of a sale, I would pick the items up in
person in England.
I found it strange the letters were all handwritten and signed
by Diana and (I was told came with original envelopes). However,
all but 2-3 of the cards were signed with an X and no original
envelopes. I found this odd as I have for the past 30 years, owned,
read and sold literally hundreds of Diana handwritten signed letters,
signed cards, signed Christmas cards, signed photos and odd gift
tags here and there. I have NEVER seen anything from Diana signed
with an X. I have sold items from the time Diana was 15-16 to
her untimely death in 1997.
When questioned the dealer stated Diana was afraid the cards would
fall into the wrong hands! What? She sent 60 "romantic"
handwritten letters Hewitt kept with original envelopes yet, Diana
was afraid to send a simple card!!
I am not saying Hewitt was being dishonest or selling anything
not authentic, but, I do find it ODD I have never seen anything
from Diana signed with an X. It left me feeling uneasy. The dealer
went back to Hewitt (so he said) with my concerns. It turned out,
the dealer had no communication with Hewitt and was dealing with
a middle man.
I had many emails from the dealer stating he was having trouble
contacting Hewitt. I was uncomfortable and said neither myself
nor my client was any longer interested.
I received an email staying Hewitt was "reassessing"
whatever that means.
I received a call from Caroline Graham of The Mail on Sunday.
I have known Caroline for many years. I answered all her questions.
I did not want my name linked to Hewitt. As I have said, I have
never seen, met, spoken to, emailed or sent texts James Hewitt.
Alicia Carroll 11/072015
The following is the link to the
Mail On Sunday article.
By CAROLINE GRAHAM IN LOS
ANGELES and ADAM LUCK and TIM WALKER FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 17:27 EST, 7 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:21 EST, 8
Private letters written by Princess Diana and Prince William to
her former lover James Hewitt have been secretly offered for sale
in America, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The Opinion Pages June 1,
2012 12:36 PM
Why Do Americans Love Royalty?
Is it the pomp and circumstance? The celebrities? Or something
Why are Americans so obsessed with the British monarchy?
Why is the British royal family
the most famous family in the world and admired by so many in
the United States?
The answer: Princess Diana.
Alicia Carroll is the owner of Everything Royal,
a dealer specializing in English and Russian royal family commemoratives
Diana, Princess of Wales,
in a portrait taken by Lord Snowdon in 1982. Princess Diana,
15 years after her death, is still one of the most famous people
of all time.
Before she came on the scene in 1980,
very few people in the U.S. paid attention to the royals or could
tell you the name of the queen of England.
Diana changed all that.
Here in the U.S., our celebrities
-- entertainers, actors, athletes, musicians, even politicians
-- leave much to be desired.
Meanwhile, millions of people go to England every year for one
reason: they want to seethe Queen and Buckingham Palace.
By contrast, millions come to the U.S. every year, but, it's not
to see the White House. They come to see Mickey Mouse.
Princess Diana was a breath
of fresh air. She married her prince and moved into a castle.
And even though she didn't live happily ever after,
she touched people with her support for numerous worthy charities
and with her very human flaws and vulnerabilities.
Even Queen Elizabeth was amazed
at the attention Diana brought to the royal family.
With the wedding of Prince
William and Catherine Middleton,
the monarchy has a new generation of royal watchers.
Hopefully, they will not disappoint us.
On this, the 60th anniversary
of Queen Elizabeth's reign, I say: Long live the queen!
An Evening with
the Royals - Doc Zone | CBC-TV
An Evening with the Royals
Thursday March 31, 2011 at 8 pm on CBC TV
Join CBC for An Evening
with the Royals as we take a look at the media and marketing
frenzy surrounding the royal family, especially with the upcoming
wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Marketing the Monarchy (at
8 pm on CBC-TV) Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming
wedding has sparked a worldwide marketing frenzy. The pending
nuptials are expected to flood the economy with over a billion
dollars of merchandise - a sales bonanza not seen since the wedding
of Charles and Diana. And it's not just the Brits; monarchy fans
all over the globe are opening their wallets for a piece of history
from $10 plates to $5,000 paperweights.
At factories across England,
manufacturers are spinning out their porcelain cups, mugs, and
plates at breakneck speed. Five thousand miles away in Yiwu, China,
jewellery dealer Fu Xuxian began making replicas of the engagement
ring just days after the announcement. And souvenir shops across
London are trying to keep up with the consumer demand for anything
and everything William and Kate.
Caroline Davenport in her Diana room
This documentary takes viewers into
the lucrative world of marketing the royals. We'll meet top royal
memorabilia broker Alicia Carroll, who is the first stop for serious
collectors. Carroll, who lives in Beverly Hills, possesses - and
has sold - some of the rarest and most sought after items on the
market ranging from Princess Diana's personal address book to
the love letters Prince Charles wrote to his former Canadian lover.
As a big-time dealer, she has moved millions of dollars in royal
Royal owner, Alicia Carroll
Making money off memorabilia is one thing, but the crown jewel
of marketing comes in the form of a Royal Warrant. Royal Warrant
holders carry the official seal of approval from the Queen herself.
From Hunter boots to Burberry to Twinings Tea to Kimberly Clark
toilet paper, these companies are cashing in on the cache of belonging
to an exclusive court of brands. Membership is an arduous and
complicated process and can be revoked. At any time.
But the power of the Palace
doesn't stop there. It extends its dominion further to determine
what wares are allowed to bear their royal image. Plates, carpets,
and cushions are permitted. Tea towels? Not so much. When it was
the discovered that the Palace was attempting a ban on Kate and
William tea towels, Brits were outraged, placing this unassuming
household item in the centre of a battle royale.
Marketing the Monarchy is
a whirlwind journey through time that maps the growing fascination
with all things majestic. Even in the Middle Ages, memorabilia
such as medallions, ceramics and tapestries were best-sellers
at royal events. In 1649 a unique (and rather macabre) souvenir
unfolded from the execution of Charles 1st: eager collectors dipped
their handkerchiefs in the king's blood. Royal fans looking for
something with a bit more material could always snap up a (very
large) pair of Queen Victoria's bloomers, which recently sold
for over $7500 USD.
Join us as we take you through
the fascinating world of retailing the royals. Savvy marketers,
discriminating collectors, and a big dose of palace intrigue will
guarantee that you see "the wedding of the century"
in a whole new light.
The British Royal family has
always had a love/hate relationship with the media. From Edward
VIIIs abdication from the throne in 1936 to marry an American
divorcee, the very public and controversial divorce between Prince
Charles and Princess Diana and in more recent times, Fergie, Duchess
of York caught on tape by a tabloid promising business access
to her ex-husband Prince Andrew in exchange for money.
For paparazzi, the chase is on to capture unauthorized revealing
photos or text messages by any means necessary. These spark bidding
wars among the tabloids and the payouts are enormous.
Princess Diana was notably
the most sought after Royal. She has graced the cover of countless
did you know Lady Di has appeared on the cover
of People magazine 57 times? However, her untimely death while
being chased by paparazzi in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris
brought heightened public awareness to the dangers associated
with aggressive paparazzi.
Constant media scrutiny and
tabloid stories have raised the ire of many, including Prince
William. On the heels of their engagement announcement, Prince
William is said to be observing a zero tolerance policy
toward paparazzi and intends to counteract any extreme cases of
privacy invasion with legal action.
Throughout their courtship, Kate Middleton has expressed frustration
with the harassment she endured from photographers. At one time,
she appealed to the Press Complaints Commission when photographers
would camp outside of her home in London. In 2010, Kate was awarded
$8,000 (Can.) £5,000 for breach of privacy when photos surfaced
of her playing tennis during a Christmas holiday.
Chasing the Royals explores
the Monarchys constant battle for the right to privacy against
the paparazzis dogged pursuit to expose their personal exploits.
What will the future hold for the next generation of Royals as
they attempt to maintain normalcy while living in
the public eye.
Canadian girlfriend's love letters to
Prince Charles re-listed on eBay
Mar 22, 2009 04:41 PM Adrian Morrow staff reporter
Six love letters from Prince
Charles to a Canadian girlfriend have been re-listed on eBay,
after the man who recently bought them defaulted on his payment.
The letters, originally listed
earlier this month, sold for their $30,000 asking price to a bidder
from Orlando, Fla., the seller, Alicia Carroll, said today. When
she tried to contact the man, she says he never returned her phone
calls or responded to her emails or invoices.
"I've never had a bad
cheque, I've never had a bad customer," said Carroll, who
runs Everything Royal, a company that has been selling memorabilia
of the British ruling family for decades. "I've never had
a bogus buyer."
The purported buyer has not
returned the Star's phone calls. The letters were re-listed on
eBay Saturday for the same asking price as before. As of this
afternoon, they haven't received any bids.
Carroll says she received
3 offers to buy the entire set, but the bidder from Orlando was
the only one who offered her the asking price of $30,000. She
says she turned down a bidder who offered her about $10,000 less.
Users of eBay are expected
to follow a user agreement that stipulates they must pay for anything
they purchase via the site, and Carroll says she is considering
contacting the district attorney's office in Orlando to see if
she can take legal action against the man who won't pay. "It's
just not nice not to contact someone," Carroll said. "I
would have appreciated it if he had called me.
The letters were written in
1976 and 1980, and addressed to "Janet" reportedly
Janet Jenkins, a Toronto woman then living in Montreal. She met
the heir to the throne in 1975 while she was working in the British
"What a pity you can't
see my ship," Charles writes in one letter dated March 23,
1976, while serving in the Royal Navy. "(It) doesn't go to
exciting places like Montreal where ladies live behind bushes
in order to pounce on unsuspecting naval officers."
In a letter written just over
three months later, he tells her, "I wish I could come roaring
across the Atlantic to make you feel less lonely."
In the final letter, dated
June 8, 1980 less than a year before he married Diana Spencer
he says that he is being pressured into finding a wife
and jokes that, "I still think my solution of marrying a
girl from each Commonwealth country is the best one."
The prince couldn't marry
Jenkins because she was older than him and had been engaged before.
Carroll, who says she obtained
the letters about 10 years ago from Jenkins, is selling them as
she tries to run down her company's inventory before she retires.
"I've been doing this
for a long time," she said. "It's not exciting anymore.
Unless Prince William gets married then it'll bring a whole
new generation in."
Dispute surrounds sale of
Prince Charles love letters
Last Updated: Friday, March 6, 2009 | 1:02 PM ET Comments27Recommend24CBC
Six love letters written by
Prince Charles to a woman in Montreal during the 1970s are for
sale on eBay, although a dispute is brewing over who exactly owns
the letters. Written between 1976 and 1980, the letters were sent
from Charles to a British-born woman, Janet Jenkins, who worked
for the British consulate in the city. They are listed for sale
on the auction website for $30,000 US and offer a glimpse into
the romantic life of the bachelor prince.
In one letter dated Mar. 23,
1976, Charles wrote to Jenkins from a ship. "I only wish
I hadn't had to rush off to catch a train and thereby ruin a gloriously
cozy evening. What a pity you can't see my ship very different
from an aircraft carrier and much less entertaining, and doesn't
go to exciting places like Montreal where ladies live behind bushes
in order to pounce on unsuspecting naval officers." A year
before his 1981 marriage to Diana, Charles wrote: "My new
private secretary is horrified by the idea of ladies in hotel
rooms during foreign visits. I can see that I shall just have
to get married as soon as possible and then all these people might
relax a little
! I still think my solution of marrying
a girl from each Commonwealth county is the best one."
Another letter is signed "love
and a vast hug." Jenkins surprised by eBay posting
Jenkins, who spoke to CBC News from Toronto on Friday, said she
gave the letters to a woman who had contacted her from Los Angeles.
The woman, Alicia Carroll, wanted to display them in a museum,
said Jenkins. "I was very excited about that. She has hundreds
of other letters and so on from people
so it was going
to be a very interesting place," she said.
However, Jenkins said Carroll,
who sells royal memorabilia through her company, Everything Royal,
has refused to return the letters. "In the last seven years
I have written so many emails, contacted her, phoned her and now
I see they're on eBay for sale, which is very annoying,"
she said. Jenkins said she hasn't ruled out legal action to try
to get the letters back. "I have looked at legal action to
see if we can stop her from doing this. At this point its
very new. I had no idea until today literally when
I read it in the newspaper. It was all new to me," she said.
Jenkins sold me letters, says
seller However, Carroll disputes Jenkins's account, telling CBC
News that Jenkins first contacted her to sell the letters because
she needed money at the time. "Mrs. Jenkins sold me these
letters more than seven years ago after tracking me down through
an article written about me," said Carroll in an email. "She
sold the letters to me as she needed funds at the time."
"If she is now embarrassed by the letters becoming public,
I am sorry. She knew when I purchased the letters, I would be
reselling them." Carroll said she is in the process of closing
her memorabilia shop and selling her inventory. The letters from
Charles are historically significant because he is the future
king of England, she said.
"These letters are harmless,
romantic letters written more than 30 years ago from a young man
enamoured with her," she said.
Charles won't be upset, says
Jenkins Jenkins, who has spoken publicly about her relationship
with Charles in the past, said she doesn't think the public revelations
of the private correspondence would embarrass the prince. "He's
a very charming, wonderful man to know and I think that, you know,
at least the parts that she is showing on eBay are not embarrassing
for anyone," she said.
Jenkins described the prince,
now married to Camilla, as "charming and very, very handsome."
They remained in contact until he married Camilla in 2005, she
"We received Christmas
cards and so on from both of them and remained friends over the
years," she said.
Jenkins said she doesn't think
Charles will be bothered by the release of the letters. "I
think theyre so used to having things done like this that
I would not think he would give it a second thought at this point
other than being very annoyed," she said.
A statement from Prince Charles's
office at Clarence House offered a "no comment" on the
Love notes by Charles for
saleBy DUNCAN LARCOMBE
Published: 06 Mar 2009
PRINCE Charless love letters to a girlfriend were put up
for sale on auction website eBay yesterday.
One of the six notes to Janet Jenkins was written in 1980
just a year before he married Diana.
Charles, then 26, and Welsh-born
Janet, 30, met in 1975 when she was a receptionist at the British
consulate in Montreal, Canada.
Charles ... in 1977
Suggesting a tryst, Charles
writes: I would have thought your apartment is the quietest
place. If we went out the press would be on to it in a flash
and that would be misery. Writing about failed marriages,
he says: Making a mistake like that is, frankly, something
which concerns me enormously.
In the last seven-page letter,
he writes on Windsor Castle paper: My new private secretary
is horrified by the idea of ladies in hotels during foreign visits.
I shall just have to get married as soon as possible and
then all these people might relax a little! I still think
my solution of marrying a girl from each Commonwealth country
is the best one.
One of the notes says he found
an excuse to visit her while watching sister Princess Anne
compete at the Montreal Olympics.
The letters have an auction
starting price of £25,000. It is thought Janet sold them
to LA-based collector Alicia Carroll, whose firm is closing after
Janet, of Toronto, has said
she first slept with Charles as guards waited outside her flat.
She has also claimed they last made love in 1992. Charles and
Diana separated in December that year. She once said: The
letters show him to be a deeply sensitive, compassionate man.
Clarence House refused to
Intimate notes written by
Prince Charles to Welsh love up for saleSEND TO A FRIEND6 MARCH
Love letters penned by Prince Charles to a former girlfriend went
up for sale this week on internet auction site eBay.
Six notes written by the future
king between 1976 and 1980 to Wales-born Janet Jenkins, whom he
met in 1975 when she worked as a receptionist at the British consulate
in Montreal, are to go under the hammer, with a starting price
Giving a rare and intimate
insight into the young royal, who was 26 when he first met 30-year-old
Janet, the letters include Charles' fears of marrying the wrong
girl and his frustrations with the press.
Referring to choosing the
wrong life partner he writes: "Making a mistake like that
is, frankly, something which concerns me enormously."
Deciding on where to rendezvouz
also had its problems. "I would have thought your apartment
is the quietest place," the 60-year-old writes in one. "If
we went out the press would be on it in a flash and that would
In the final seven-page note,
written on official Windsor Castle paper, he says: "My new
private secretary is horrified by the idea of ladies in hotel
rooms during foreign visits. I shall just have to get married
as soon as possible and then all these people might relax a little!"
To read all articles on the
sale of Prince Charles romantic letters, go to Google, type in
Prince Charles letters for sale
Tim Miles firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24, 2005
Steamy letters written by Prince Charles to a Canadian girlfriend
have sparked a furious royal row between the heir to the throne
and his new wife Camilla.
The jealous Duchess of Cornwall
went berserk when she discovered that six letters were for sale
by Internet auctioneers on eBay with a $72,000.00 price tag, and
screamed at Charles, "How many other women are out there
you haven't told me about?" Cringing Charles whimpered, "Darling,
it was all a long time ago ...it was just a fling." But the
Queen-In-Waiting shot back, "We were sleeping together then,
in case you'd forgotten.
Royal memorabilia collector
Alicia Carroll, who is selling the letters says, "They are
significant because they are written at a time when Charles claims
his only TRUE love was Camilla Parker-Bowles."
Five of the letters were penned
in 1976, when Charles was a junior navel officer with "a
girl in every port," and one was sent in 1980, a year before
he married Princess Diana. Even though he married Diana and fathered
two sons, Charles remained under Camilla's spell and even made
secret calls to her on his honeymoon. And she was secretly cheating
on her henpecked husband Andrew Parker-Bowles, who she divorced
In the 1980 love letter, Charles
moans about not being able to sneak women into his hotel rooms
while on tours for fear of being caught by the press. An earlier
letter tells how he longs to spend more time with the woman and
another says he hopes they can be together when his ship visits
Canada. It reads, " I wish I could come roaring across the
Atlantic to make you less lonely." And referring to the pressure
on him to wed, he complains, " I will just have to get married
and then all these people will relax a little." Says a royal
insider, Even thought Camilla was married at the time, she was
cheating with Charles and believed him when he said she was his
true love. "Their affair started in 1972 after they met during
a polo match and never waned. They finally married this year.
"Camilla realizes the letters were just evidence of a youthful
affair but shes the jealous type and now realizes that she
wasn't the only mistress in Charles' life.
"They had a screaming
match and Camilla, who always wins arguments because Charles is
such a wimp, told him, "I thought we had something very special."
The feud. puts added strain on the royal couple's official tour
of the U.S. next month, when security advisers expect them to
face angry demonstrations by people still loyal to Diana. There
will be various protests, " says Alan Berry, head of the
Diana Circle, a group formed to protect the late princess' legacy.
"And it won't be just our members who are against all this."
"There are other organizations and Diana fan clubs that are
opposed (to Charles and Camilla's union). " We don't believe
Charles is even legally married anyway because of law preventing
members of the royal family from getting married in civil ceremonies."
Proof of Camilla's
long hold on Charles
March 7, 2005 Richard
Any lingering doubts about Camilla Parker Bowless long influence
over the Prince of Wales is about to emerge in a so-far unseen
letter in the Princes hand. In it Charles writes with extraordinary
candor of the woman who will finally become his wife next month
33 years after they first fell in love as my
professional advisor. What makes the letter all the more intriguing
is that it was written some six months before Charless engagement
to the then Lady Diana Spencer but after their courtship
had begun. It is compelling evidence of Mrs Parker Bowless
role in Charless life that so troubled Princess Diana.
Now the three-page handwritten letter, which the Prince wrote
on the Royal Yacht Britannia in August 1980, is being put up for
sale, with a reserve price of almost £22,000. It is being
sold by a U.S.-based royal collector, Alicia Carroll, who tells
me that since Charles and Camillas engagement she has had
more than 200 inquiries from around the world for memorabilia
relating to the couple. Having read the entire letter, it
wouldn't surprise me if Camilla, in her capacity as his professional
advisor, had orchestrated the wedding between Charles and Diana,
knowing full well that they would be able to continue their affair
afterwards, she says. That, of course, was the conclusion
Diana also reached. People thought Diana was going to be
a push-over, but they underestimated her, says Carroll.
Meanwhile, another timely letter this one can be yours
for a mere £6,000 throws embarrassing light on the
Princes current tour of New Zealand.
Writing home to friends in 1981, during a previous trip Down Under,
Charles complains vehemently about his royal duties: The
real problem is keeping up my enthusiasm on each new day because
I am beginning to get fed up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish
I take all day and every day. If one more NZ [New Zealand] child
asks me what its like to be a Prince, I shall go demented.
THE BBC will use the occasion of the royal wedding to broadcast
a Money Programme investigation into the running of the Diana
memorial fund. It will allege that the fund, which has famously
been embroiled in costly litigation over Diana dolls in America,
has wasted many of the public donations that poured in after her
HOW AMERICAN DEALER SOLD DIANA
ADDRESS BOOK FOR 40,000 POUNDS
By Caroline Graham in Los
Angeles and Paul Henderson in London
Princess Diana's private address
book, packed with the names of some of the most powerful and influential
people in the world, has ended up in the hands of a private collector,
The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The 44 page book, bound in embossed
blue leather, was sold earlier this year for 40,000 pounds by
an American dealer in royal memorabilia to a millionaire socialite
in Japan. It contains scores of home numbers and addresses for
Diana's closet friends and contacts, and testifies to the extraordinary
range of her social circle. There
are numerous entries for her lover, Dodi Fayed and his Father,
Harrod's owner Mohammed Fayed. Other famous names include US Secretary
of State Colin Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Barrymore, Lord
Attenborough who was a father figure to her and pop singer Bryan
Adams. Diana's astrologer Debbie Frank and faith healer
Rita Rogers are listed along side society jeweler Theo Fennell.
The US millionaire Teddy Forstmann; once rumored to be a lover,
Elton John and Henry and Nancy Kissinger are also featured as
is her favorite photographer Marion Testino and the late designer
It appears Diana compiled
the book in the months before her death, clearly transferring
many numbers at the same time from an earlier list. Other, newer, numbers and addresses are added
in different inks-but all in her distinctive looping hand. The
volume is embossed with her personal crest with a crown atop a
capitol D. A hand writing expert confirmed last week that
the volume was genuine. The book is one of the most intimate royal
artifacts ever to be exposed to the public gaze, and it's emergence
onto the open market will alarm courtiers. They will be
intrigued, too, by the role in the affair played by Paul Burrell-Diana's
famous Rock-for it is known that the ex-butler once had possession
of an address book of hers, only for it to mysteriously disappear.
In his memoirs, "A Royal
Duty", Burrell says, he read form the address book while
keeping vigil next to the Princess after her fatal accident. He then described how the book - which he
says had a green cover, in contrast to the book sold to the collector-
disappeared after he went to work for The Diana Memorial Fund.
"The Princess's leather bound green address book had been
left on my desk in a locked room, separate from the main general
office at Millbank Tower," he says." Then one day during
the infancy of the Memorial Fund, the address book went missing.
It contained the names and numbers of all the Princess's friends.
It was a directory of her life, the book I had read to her during
the all night vigil." He reported it missing. "The
police were not called", he writes. "There was not even
an internal inquiry. Contact with the Princess's circle had been
denied to me. "
A Mail on Sunday investigation
has established that the book sold to the Japanese collector this
year was acquired by Alicia Carroll, a specialist broker in royal
memorabilia based in Los Angeles. But how did the volume find
it's way to her?
This newspaper approached
Carroll after learning the address book had been offered for sale.
She told our reporter that she had taken possession of the address
book in the belief that it had been given as a keepsake by Paul
Burrell to Vanessa Corringham, a former press officer at the Diana
Memorial Fund, and that Corringham had decided to sell it through
The newspapers was shown what
purported to be a letter of authentication from Vanessa Corringham,
which says: "Dear Miss Carroll, This is to confirm that I
was given the Princess of Wales address book by Paul Burrell when
we both worked for the Princess's Memorial Fund. It was presented
to me by Paul as a "thank you" keepsake for the duties
I carried out for the fund at what was a difficult and sensitive
The Mail on Sunday has established
that the intermediary was Adam Helliker, Vanessa Corringham's
former boyfriend. Helliker has been diary editor of The Mail on
Sunday for the past two years since arriving from the Sunday Telegraph,
where he had been editor of the Mandrake Column. Carroll says, " Adam ring me up and
said his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Corringham, had Princess Diana's
private address and she wanted to sell it." Helliker
confirmed to senior executives at The Mail on Sunday last week
that he had sold the address book to Carroll and she had paid
25,000 into his bank account. He explained that he had
conducted the sale on behalf of Vanessa Corringham, who did not
want to make the deal herself for fear of embarrassment. He
said his former girlfriend had supplied the letter of authenticity.
However, when it was pointed out that the letter was written from
an old address he used to share with Corringham and that hand
writing bore a remarkable similarity to his own, he changed his
Helliker said he had written
the letter himself on Corringham's behalf and with her approval-again-in
order to save her embarrassment. He said he had paid all the proceeds
he had relieved from the sale to Corringham in cash.
Vanessa Corringham categorically
disputes Hellikers story. When approached by The Mail on Sunday
on Friday night, she seemed genuinely astonished to be told that
the address book had been sold. She said that although Helliker
was a good friend of hers, she had no knowledge of the sale and
no knowledge of any letter of authenticity.
Although at one stage the book had been in her possession,
there is no suggestion that she had obtained it improperly.
In a statement to The Mail
on Sunday yesterday, she said , " I confirm that Adam's sale
of the address book was made without my approval or prior knowledge.
The first I knew of it was when you explained what had happened
yesterday evening. My husband
tells me you have been told that the proceeds of the sale "or
some part of them" have been paid to me in cash, this is
quite untrue. "
Yesterday The Mail on Sunday
also spoke to Paul Burrell. Shown a copy of the address book sold
to Alicia Carroll, he declared, " listen I am completely
innocent." He immediately
recognized Diana's handwriting but could not confirm it was the
book that went missing from his office at the Memorial Fund as
the Princess had more than one. He recognized his own hand
writing on the first page where it read, "HRH" and gave
a seven digit phone number assigned to the princess at Kensington
Palace. He said he wrote it in for her, as her number was changed
frequently for security reason. He was emphatic that the rest
of the book was in Diana's hand. Mr. Burrell insisted that
he never gave Diana's address book to Vanessa Corringham or Adam
Helliker and that he had never hear of Alicia Carroll.
He said, "the address
book was in my possession at the Memorial fund in Millbank Tower.
It went missing. It was in my possession because I was the only
person who had access to the Princess's diary, her address book
and her notes, and they needed that to establish the Memorial
In a Royal Duty, Burrell said
the leather book address book, which had been left on his desk,
had a green cover. The one sold to Alicia Carroll had a dark blue
cover. Burrell did not know about the discrepancy when asked about
the color. He thought for a moment and replied, " I think
it was either green or dark blue. She "the Princess",
changed the color every time she got a new address book: she was
bored with the last color. It was always the same design, hardback;
with a "D" and coronet at the front. "
Neither Diana's sister Lady
Sarah Mc Corquodale nor brother Earl Spencer would comment.
Yesterday afternoon, in a
further interview, Adam Helliker admitted that Vanessa Corringham
had no knowledge of his sale of the book and retracted his earlier
story. He admitted he had not paid her any of the money he had
received from Alicia Carroll. He indicated that the address book
had come into his possession while he was living with Vanessa
Corringham and she had left it with him when the couple separated.
He insisted Corringham had obtained the book honestly.
Last night a Mail on Sunday
spokesman said, "Adam Helliker has been dismissed from his
position. as Mail on Sunday diary editor and has left the company.
Roundabout story of dubious
Diana deal that did for a diarist
By Tom Leonard
Journalism is certainly no
exception to the adage that what goes around, comes around. But
rarely has that circular journey been quite as dramatic as the
Mail on Sunday's investigation into how an American dealer came
by an old address book that once belonged to Diana, Princess of
The hunt that began in the
MoS's Kensington offices for the person who had sold the book
to a Los Angeles dealer (who sold it on to a Japanese collector
for £40,000) ended precisely where it started.
Adam Helliker: diarist
The princess has supplied the Mail titles with a rich seam of
stories for years, and last weekend's MoS was no exception. Two
pages were given up to what appeared to be a textbook example
of the "the Diana mementos pillaged by cynical looters"
This article promised to reveal
the provenance of a book "packed with the names of some of
the most powerful and influential people in the world".
First, the story suggested
that the 44-page blue, leather-bound tome might be related to
an address book that had "mysteriously disappeared"
from the possession of the former royal butler Paul Burrell. Whether
they were the same book or not, the MoS was able to reveal that
the blue one had been acquired this year by Alicia Carroll, an
LA-based specialist broker in royal memorabilia.
The late Princess Diana and Alicia
Carroll told the paper that
she had been led to believe that Burrell had given it as a keepsake
to Vanessa Corringham, a former press officer for the Diana Memorial
Fund. Corringham, she said, had then decided to sell it through
an intermediary. There was even a letter of authentification,
apparently signed by the ex-press officer.
Then, in a plot twist at which even Jeffrey Archer would have
blanched, the paper revealed that the "intermediary"
was none other than the Mail on Sunday's own diarist, Adam Helliker.
According to Carroll, he told her that Corringham - his ex-girlfriend
- wanted to sell it but did not want the potential embarrassment
of handling the transaction. So the dealer paid the proceeds direct
However, the article continued,
Corringham denied all knowledge of the sale. It also emerged that
Helliker had written the authentication himself.
According to the MoS, the
44-year-old diarist then retracted his earlier story and admitted
that his former girlfriend had told the truth.
The epilogue to this most
bizarre expose was provided by an MoS spokesman, whose curt announcement
that Helliker had been "dismissed from his position"
was clearly intended to draw a line under the affair.
If only. Yesterday, Helliker
instructed lawyers to sue his former employer for unfair dismissal,
arguing that the paper had failed to follow the correct procedures
in sacking him. He told The Telegraph that he felt "very
angry - they have defamed me".
He'd had no inkling of the
approaching storm, he said, until he was summoned to see the editor,
Peter Wright, for what he assumed would be their usual Friday
afternoon meeting to discuss the contents of his column. It wasn't.
Mr Wright was waiting with the managing editor, John Wellington.
"Wright said: 'Do you
recognize any of these?' - and he started shoving documents over
his desk: all sorts of things, like phone transcripts and my bank
details, saying: 'Did you sell this?' " continued Helliker.
"And I said: 'Yes, but you didn't have to go to these lengths.'
I never made a secret of it."
Helliker - who joined the
paper on a six-figure salary two years ago after writing the Mandrake
diary on The Telegraph - was suspended. The next day, he was summoned
to another meeting with senior executives, at which he was told
that the paper planned to publish a story about the controversy.
His letter of dismissal for
gross misconduct - delivered later that day - gave various reasons.
You have "failed in your primary function by not informing
the editor of an important news story", it said, and shown
"reckless disregard for this newspaper's reputation".
It also accused him of lying to the editor.
Helliker contests the assumption
that he had a duty to tell the paper about the diary. "The
principal reason they sacked me was for not informing them of
a newsworthy item - but it is a private matter. Both Vanessa and
I have great respect for [Diana's] memory. I don't mean to sound
pompous, but the MoS couldn't be trusted with something like that.
"The MoS pays lots of
money and they consider they own your life. The feeling is that
anything you do in your personal life is fair game for them -
which I don't accept."
Helliker insisted that he
had believed Carroll was buying the book for a museum of Diana
artifacts that she had talked about setting up. He also said he
had documentary evidence to prove it. Did he say this to the MoS?
No, he said, "they didn't give me time".
Meanwhile, insiders at the
paper denied that the documentary evidence which Wright produced
at the meeting consisted of illegally obtained bank details and
phone transcripts. It was, they claimed, a record of Carroll's
payment to Helliker and her account of various phone conversations
she had with him.
Helliker conceded that he
hadn't told his bosses that he planned to give the money to "something
worthwhile", though he won't say what. Informed sources on
the paper say that, in fact, the diarist told Wright that he had
spent the money on building work.
Helliker wouldn't say why
he had changed his story. All will be revealed if he has to go
to court, he promised.
He also refused to discuss
how he had obtained the book, saying he was trying to protect
a "third party". He still maintains that Burrell gave
it to Corringham - though Burrell denies this. As to how the paper
stumbled on the story in the first place, sources say it received
a tip that an address book belonging to Diana had turned up in
California and been sold to a private collector there. Was it
the same one that Burrell had mentioned in his autobiography as
having been stolen, asked executives.
Wright's reaction on learning
of Helliker's involvement was, say insiders, one of "horror"
and "incredulity that anyone could be so stupid".
Still, why did he have to
publicize it? The obvious answer - and one that Helliker says
his superiors mentioned - was that they suspected another newspaper
would find out and present the tale less sympathetically.
MoS chiefs are understood
to be confident about their legal position. One said: "If
Adam wants to go into a witness box and explain how he got hold
of this, and how he has given three different stories about the
transaction, then let him."
In the meantime, Private Eye
has already trawled up a list of scathing things that Helliker
has written in the past about those who have traded on Diana's
legacy. (It missed his prescient article, published 10 days ago,
headlined: Knives out for royal pilferers).
Would the diarist, the magazine
asked, follow his judgment on James Hewitt, who - Helliker wrote
- had "done the decent thing" and gone abroad? "No,"
said Helliker. "I'm not quite in the same league as Hewitt."
The address book is hardly
as revealing as Diana's love letters, he argues. It is, he believes,
only one of five or six of the princess's address books in existence
- and not the one that Burrell lost. "The MoS seems to think
this one is the Holy Grail. But frankly most of the numbers are
Warren Tribune Chronicle,
Area Woman Makes
A Royal Success
by Burton Cole
August 27, 2003
Lets not kid ourselves. For all that cynicism that pervades this
age of fallen angels, we want to believe in fairy tales.
Alicia Carroll's banking on it.
She has, over the past 30
years collected a vast amount of letters, clothing, jewelry, mugs,
busts, dolls and other artifacts pertaining to the British royal
family. Her collection has grown to become one of the largest
private collections of royal memorabilia in the United States
and possibly World-Wide. It's a venture that came about as Americans
became enchanted with the story of a little girl who grew up to
marry the prince. "In the 50s we had heroes and heroines.
We really did: Carroll said. Now your children have no heroes.
So when a fresh faced former
nanny and kindergarten teacher with a pure record married the
prince on July 29, 1981, in a wedding that seemed to come straight
out of a fairy tale, a world starved for heroes lapped it up.
Even though her marriage had fallen apart by then, when Princess
Diana died in a car crash nearly seven years ago people were glued
to their televisions, even people who couldn't previously tell
you the Queen's names. "My aunt and uncle are not royal watchers,
but they watched the funeral," Carroll said.
Carroll's own fairy tale began
when having graduated from private school in Buffalo, New York,
she traveled to Los Angeles and became an actress.
Over the following years,
Carroll took a number of acting roles, the last being a recurring
role on "General Hospital" ."I did a lot of TV
work. Then you get tired of getting up at 4 and 5 am and having
no life, she said. "So, I worked in real estate for a few
years. I wanted to do something new and exciting. It was either
marry someone with money, or --. The or was answered 20+ years
ago by watching the fascination of the day. "At the time,
TV was full of Charles and Diana. I wondered if anyone would buy
an item pertaining to royalty. .I went to a newsstand and bought
everything I could find about Charles and Diana. I took $20,000.00
from my savings, went to England and bought your basic cup and
saucer with the Queen's photo on them. I came back and sold my
$20,000.00 in inventory for 100,000.00.
Everything Royal was born!
A star business was born. Carroll named it Everything Royal and
started issuing a catalog and built a Website at everythingroyal.com.
I started by buying out several companies who were in the business
I had just started. I just said, I'll take you're whole inventory.
I started advertising in the British magazines. "I have over
the years accumulated one of the the largest private collections
of royal commemoratives, especially of Charles and Diana.
Among many write-ups in newspapers
and magazines Carroll created a sensation in London last November
in the Mail on Sunday newspaper when she exposed a network of
dealers trafficking in goods pilfered from the Palace. She told
about items she was offered, letters, dinnerware, gift tags and
even Princess Diana's nail clippings by disloyal and dishonest
royal family staff members. She informed the palace and was ignored.
She said staff and palace friends rang her phone off the hook
with offers just hours after Diana's death.
Since the expose, the royals are running checks on royal goods
being sold to dealers such as Carroll. Not that she's on a first
hand basis with the family but they certainly know of Everything
Royal and her name. After she's read so many of their letters
and books and seen so many pictures and personal items, Carroll
pretty much does know the royal family. Now she wants to introduce
others to the world of royalty. A majority of her vast collection
is now being offered for sale via catalog and on the Internet.
To see the Everything Royal collection, go to http://www.everythingroyal.com
The Mail On Sunday
November 17, 2002, By Caroline Graham and Ian Gallagher
DEALER REVEALS ONE MILLION POUND TRADE IN ROYAL TREASURE
THEY EVEN SOLD HER NAIL CLIPPINGS
WORLD EXCLUSIVE, BEVERLY HILLS COLLECTOR REVEALS HOW SHE PAID
ONE MILLION POUNDS TO ROYAL RELATIVES AND SERVANTS - AND HOW WHEN
SHE REPORTED FEARS OVER THEFT, THE PALACE DID NOTHING.
A covert network of Palace
servants and international dealers who trade in stolen royal artifacts
is sensationally exposed today by the Mail on Sunday. The scale
of the trade - which is systematic and highly organized - is laid
bare by Alicia Carroll, America's foremost dealer in intimate
royal letters, gifts and memorabilia. She told this newspaper
yesterday how she has marketed items worth three million
pounds, many of them clearly pilfered, and retains a collection
worth another three million pounds.
She had, for example, acquired
affectionate letters from Princess Diana to Prince William costing
26,500 pounds, and many other highly personal communications between
members of the Royal family.
On one occasion, she says, even Princess Diana's nail clippings
were offered for sale. Her revelations reveal the level of disloyalty
within the staff quarters of the Royal palaces. Equally agonizing
for the royals, Ms. Carroll discloses that many other items have
not been stolen, but sold to dealers for easy money by family
members and friends. Carroll admitted, however, that many items
were obtained dishonestly. "It's time the British public
knew the truth about what has gone on. People who deal in Royal
memorabilia like me have never spoken about the fact we know a
lot of these items are stolen because it would not be good for
business. But they are stolen."
Carroll's vast collection
- plates, busts, dolls, postcards, photographs and puzzles - is
housed in a vast warehouse outside her Beverly Hills home. She
has long been fascinated with the Royal Family and started collecting
memorabilia as a hobby before setting up her company 16 years
ago. The trade in Royal items came under scrutiny both during
and after the trial of Paul Burrell, who was cleared of plundering
Dianas personal belongings from Kensington Palace. It has
since led to the promise of an inquiry into allegations that Michael
Fawcett, Prince Charles personal consultant, was discretely allowed
to sell unwanted gifts and take some of the proceeds. But the
sheer scale of the covert market uncovered by The Mail on Sunday
will shock many.
The Los Angeles-based dealer
revealed that David Griffin, the Princess head chauffeur, was
a main supplier of items- although his were acquired legitimately
- and recruited other servants. Items were then sold on by American
middleman . Griffin sold a lock of the Princess's hair - which
she gave to him in a birthday card - just six months after she
died, boasting at the time that it was 100% genuine. Ms. Carroll
claims that she alerted Buckingham Palace and police when offered
items that were obviously pilfered, but officials , she said ,
were not interested. Some of the items believed stolen have included
a check signed by George VI to the Queen Mother. There were cards
from the Queen Mother to Lord Linley and , incredibly, notes sent
to family and friends by Prince William and Prince Harry in appreciation
for the support shown after their mother's death. Ms. Carroll
said, "Buckingham Palace turned a blind eye to it. With everything
that has come out of it makes you wonder whether the royals let
the pilfering continue because they had other skeletons they were
trying to keep in the closet. They did nothing . They just didn't
seem to care. As well as the Linley cards, I was offered a check
signed by King George VI to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother,
along with a stack of blank checks belonging to the king. The
person who took them probably thought no one would miss them.
I reported that to the Palace too, but nothing happened.
According to Ms. Carroll,
it was the American autograph dealer, who offered her the Linley
Christmas cards. She said, I was sure they were stolen. I am certain
neither the Queen Mother nor David Linley sold them, so they must
have been taken. The dealertold me they came from directly inside
the Palace. Unsure of who to contact in England, she called a
friend, royal portrait artist Richard Stone. Mr. Stone confirmed
to the Mail on Sunday, " I rang Sir Robert Fellows, then
the Queen's private secretary , and told him. The Queen's lawyers
then called me and I told them Alicia thought she had been offered
stolen items. Alicia faxed me illustrations of the items and I
passed those on to the lawyers then David Linely called me directly
and asked me for all the details of the items, which I gave him.
I didn't hear anything after that conversation. Some of the transactions,
those involving gifts which have been given directly to a servant
or a friend and later sold - are not illegal.
According to Ms Carroll, Princess
Diana's cousin, Joanna Tuffnell sent her husband Peter from their
home in Wales to Los Angeles with "boxes" of memorabilia
which Alicia bought for thousands of dollars. They included the
Order of Service for Dianas funeral and a set of place mats,
emblazoned with copies of Prince Charles watercolors given as
a gift to Diana's grandmother Ruth, Lady Fermoy. Mrs. Tuffnell,
the daughter of Diana's aunt Mary, told the Mail on Sunday: "That
was my husband. It was actually quite confidential. I don't think
I can say anything. Are you going to use my name? It is all a
bit of a shock."
Ms. Carroll says her telephone
was ringing off the hook, in the days after Diana died in a Paris
car crash. I had servants calling me and offering me her clothing
and private pictures. But when I asked for names and phone numbers
to verify where the stuff was coming from, they would hang up
on me. Even Christmas tags - among them one from The Queen to
Prince Philip signed, "With fondest love, Lilibet - were
offered for sale.
Ms Carroll said, "There is a network of people inside the
Palace on the lookout for cards and gift tags because they are
worth thousands to a collector. I think the servants and aides
took the attitude that they could systematically steal and nothing
would happen. So they did. Often they would respond to adverts
in the Times placed by dealers posing as collectors and offering
up to one thousand pounds for individual cards and letters. But
according to Ms. Carroll, many of the servants are well aware
of the main dealers and contact them directly.
I had a few Diana things before
she died, but after the car crash, the vultures started circling.
The money that was changing hands was scary. I wrote checks totaling
300,000 pounds in the six months after Diana died. I was re-selling
to American collectors, for a profit, as soon as I got the items
in. One call she received was from a man with an English accent
offering to sell Diana's dresses, hats, shoes, blouses and purses
as well as a silver cake server and picture frames. She had seen
Paul Burrell on the Oprah Winfrey show and wondered if it was
him. I thought I recognized the voice but my friends said , "Oh
Alicia, it couldn't be." When the Burrell trial started,
Alicia called Scotland Yard about her suspicious call. I asked
them if they checked Paul Burrell's phone records. The detective
rang me back the next morning and said they didn't have the time
to check phone records.
Intriguingly, the american autograph dealer told The Mail on Sunday
that he was contacted six months before by an FBI agent who wanted
to quiz him on behalf of British authorities about Burrell. "I
didn't know who Burrell was at the time. The name didn't mean
anything to me and I don't remember ever talking to him. The FBI
seemed satisfied and I didn't hear from them again. I do have
other contacts in the Royal household and I'm the main guy for
Royal autographs so it is possible he would have known about me.
Ms. Carroll did much of her
business with a London based dealership who sold her a letter
from Princess Diana to Wombat, Diana's pet name for William. Some
letters from Diana to Wombat were listed as suspected stolen items
by the prosecution in the Burrell trial - though these are not
the ones Ms. Carroll bought. Ms Carroll said, at the time I was
not suspicious. I actually had two Wombat letters.
I knew the origin of - it was when William was sent a sweater
at his first school. He threw the box away and a classmate pulled
the note from Diana out of the trash and gave it to his mother.
She kept it for 15 years and called me when she was going through
a divorce and needed the money, I bought it and sold it to a collector
. The note was very sweet and was all about how Diana hoped he
was being a good boy at school and she hoped he liked his new
classmates. In July 2000 she bought another wombat latter from
the London based dealer. She said she paid 26,000 pounds. It was
a letter about how Diana was glad William was doing well at school
and how Mummy and Daddy missed him.
She added, after Prince Charles's
apartments were robbed, I had a call from a man with an Italian
accent offering to sell me some cufflinks belonging to Edward
VIII. Again, I called the Palace and left a message saying I was
being offered what I thought was stolen property but no one returned
my call. Then I called Scotland yard. But again, no one rang me
Carroll showed the Mail On
Sunday a note on palace letterhead which Griffin wrote to an American
autograph dealer, stressing that the items he had sold were genuine.
In it, Griffin promised to tell other servants about the dealer,
saying, I have put the word around for you. Ms Carroll described
Griffins attempt to sell a lock of Diana's hair as disgusting.
But added, I know I could have sold that hair to one of my best
clients, a famous and wealthy man in NY for 65,000 pounds.
Through her contacts Ms Carroll
became aware that even some of Princess Diana's fingernail clippings
were being offered for sale.
Last night Griffin admitted selling the lock of hair, which he
said Diana had sent him as a joke. He said he teased her saying,
it wasn't her natural color. He said, I haven't done anything
wrong and when the Palace looked into allegations I was exonerated.
He said he received about 11,000 pounds for a collection of Diana
cards and the hair. Ms Carroll said it is obvious from the letter
that Mr. Griffin was soliciting other servants inside the palace.
The Griffin letter ends with the warning, Remember, This letter
is for your eyes only!!!!
Monday 18 November 2002 05:03pm
ROYAL GOODS FOR SALE Servants passed royal items to collectors
By Tom Rapson And Aidan Mcgurran
BELOW-stairs staff have been selling off royal goods worth millions
of pounds, it was claimed yesterday. One US dealer claims she
was offered Diana's fingernail clippings by one employee. And
a royal chauffeur admits netting £11,000 for a lock of the
late princess's hair and a batch of private cards written by Diana.
Even fringe members of the
Royal Family and friends have made thousands from selling off
mementoes and gifts, claims US collector Alicia Carroll. The scale
of the sell-offs will stun the Palace, and the inquiry being carried
out by Prince Charles's private secretary Sir Michael Peat. Sir
Michael's remit includes probing the sale of gifts by staff after
it was claimed the Prince of Wales' personal assistant Michael
Fawcett was allowed to sell unwanted royal gifts and keep some
of the profit.
But according to Beverly Hills
dealer Alicia the organized trade goes far deeper than at first
thought. She claims some of the memorabilia offered by palace
servants was stolen. She said: "It is time the British public
knew the truth about what has gone on. People who deal in royal
memorabilia have never spoken about the fact we know a lot of
these items are stolen because it would not be good for business.
But they are stolen."
One fixer who buys royal cast-offs
lives 40 miles from Sandringham. He claims he is the main outlet
for servants wanting to make cash from unwanted gifts given to
them by the royals. Norfolk-based dealer claims he is the biggest
go-between in the cash-for-gifts trade. Claiming he was doing
nothing wrong - said: "I get quite a few of the staff who
get in contact. It is up the road. Anyone on the Sandringham estate
who wants to dispose, they usually get in touch with me."
He is currently advertising a £95,000 diamond ring given
to Diana on her 24th birthday. He is also offering a wrought-iron
garden seat with Charles and Diana's initials, given to them as
a wedding present, for £12,000. He recently sold for £48,000
Diana's Ford Escort - which used to sport a silver frog bonnet-mascot
- given to her by her sister Sarah McCorquodale as an engagement
present in 1981. The life-size mascot is now said to sit on his
desk. He was not available for comment yesterday.
An ex-Highgrove head gardener
is said to have sold 16 items given to him by Prince Charles.
The gardener, who worked at Charles's Gloucestershire house between
1985 and 1991, claims he sold the bench and a leather wallet with
the Prince of Wales' emblem in an auction job lot for £4,500.
He was not available yesterday at his home near Norwich.
Alicia said US collectors
pay a fortune for royal memorabilia. She says she has been offered
cheques signed by George VI to the Queen Mother, cards from the
Queen Mother to Viscount Linley and notes sent from Princes William
and Harry to friends thanking them for their support after their
Alicia said she informed Buckingham
Palace and was contacted by the Queen's solicitors, but no action
was taken. The selling of gifts is not illegal.
MPs consider inquiry
as servants are accused of looting royal gifts
Monday November 18, 2002
Members of the House of Commons
public accounts committee are discussing whether to launch their
own inquiry into the royal cash for gifts scandal as more details
emerged at the weekend of the alleged trade in artifacts by palace
staff. Ian Davidson, a Labour committee member, said it was important
to find out if gifts given to the royal family on official trips
funded by the taxpayer had been sold off, and the money retained
rather than being used to offset the costs of travel. "We
would certainly be very concerned about any gifts that may have
been sold off from official visits," he said.
The possible inquiry comes
after Sir Michael Peat, Prince Charles's private secretary, announced
last week he would be holding an internal inquiry into allegations
emerging from the collapse of the Paul Burrell theft trial, including
claims that senior staff had sold royal gifts for cash. Further
allegations of skullduggery among palace servants emerged in the
Sunday newspapers. Alicia Carroll, described in the Mail on Sunday
as the world's top dealer in royal family artifacts, accused palace
servants of systematically pilfering memorabilia worth millions
Ms Carroll, whose business
is based in California, said she had acquired personal letters
from Princess Diana to Prince William, costing £26,500,
as well as other communications between members of the royal family.
On one occasion, it was claimed, she was even offered Princess
Diana's nail clippings. She told the newspaper that as well as
sellers approaching her directly, she also dealt with a small,
secretive ring of dealers. Ms Carroll claimed to have warned Buckingham
Palace about two items she believed were stolen - a collection
of letters from the Queen Mother to Lord Linley and a pair of
cufflinks belonging to Edward VIII, but the palace had "turned
a blind eye". But a dealer at the center of claims in the
Sunday Times that he had sold gifts on behalf of palace staff
yesterday denied any impropriety in the trade in royal memorabilia.
One British dealer who specializes
in selling royal artifacts to Americans, said: "The paper
has inferred that everything is done underhand, when it is not."
He said a wallet he sold to a Sunday Times reporter for £250,
said to have belonged to Prince Charles, had been bought at auction
from a former gardener at Highgrove. "[The gardener] never
made any secret he was selling a whole load of stuff, in fact
there was a big piece in the local paper at the time. It was all
open and above board. I am possibly the largest dealer in the
UK, and I have never been approached with anything that I thought
was untoward. They have made a mountain out of a molehill."
The St James's Palace inquiry
is likely to focus on the role of Michael Fawcett, the prince's
personal consultant, who is said to have sold off unwanted gifts.
Mr Fawcett, a former valet
who has risen through the ranks to become one the most trusted
and influential members of the prince's staff, was nicknamed "Fawcett
the Fence" in royal circles. He is reported to have kept
between 10% and 20% of the proceeds. Prince Charles yesterday
won a court order banning the Glasgow-based Sunday Mail from publishing
details of a book written by a former royal housekeeper.
17, 07:31 AM
For sale -- Diana's nail clippings
LONDON (Reuters) - Staff of the embattled
royals have fueled a trade in memorabilia, offering everything
from the late Princess Diana's fingernail clippings to royal letters,
according to tabloid newspapers.
The allegations, from a number
of sources, marked a new twist to the saga that began with the
collapse of the trial of Diana's former butler Paul Burrell earlier
Burrell's newspaper memoirs,
which he says he published to clear his name after the aborted
trial, have emboldened other royal servants to talk to the press,
resulting in a string of seedy stories that have plunged the royal
household into crisis.
One of the few people whose
fingernail clippings are worth money -- the late Princess Diana.
Californian collector Alicia
Carroll told the Mail on Sunday: "There is a network of people
inside the palaces on the lookout for cards and gift tags because
they are worth thousands to a collector."
Apart from fingernail clippings,
Carroll described a trade in everything from locks of hair to
"Wombat letters" -- letters written by Diana to Prince
William by his pet name "Wombat". Carroll said after
Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997, her phone was "ringing
off the hook" with offers. "The money that was changing
hands at the time was scary," she said, adding that she had
sold one "Wombat letter" for 32,000 pounds.
"This is not the interview
I gave. Had they wanted to do a story about Janet Jenkins, Prince
Charles and a 30 year old romance, they should have interviewed
Janet Jenkins and HRH Prince Charles. This article was to be about
my collection, my feelings and sentiments regarding the royals
trying to erase Diana from history and their attempts to thrust
Camilla Parker Bowles into the limelight. The most significant
parts of the letters which talked about the pressures from the
press and family on Charles to find a wife as soon as possible
and his frustrations with royal duties were never touched on.
Alicia Carroll 9/9/2002"
Tuesday 10 September 2002
CHARLES' LETTERS TO SECRET GIRLFRIEND Exclusive By Jane Kerr Royal
LOVE letters from Prince Charles reveal details of the secret
five-year affair he started after being dumped by Camilla.
The prince, then 26, met 30-year-old
Janet Jenkins in Canada in 1975 and they became lovers the following
year. Excited Charles wrote a four-page letter telling Janet he
had found an excuse to fly to see her - while his sister, Princess
Anne, competed in the Montreal Olympics.
He said: "If you could
bear to see me I would have thought your apartment is the quietest
place. If we went anywhere out the press would be on to it in
a flash and that would be misery.
"It will be something
marvelous to look forward to as far as I'm concerned and I can't
wait to see you again."
Charles's long-time love Camilla
Shand had married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973.
Janet, originally from Wales,
was a receptionist at the British consulate in Montreal. She has
claimed they first made love in her apartment while the prince's
security guards waited outside.
At the end of 1976, Charles
wrote: "It was marvelous to hear your voice again the other
day from the Ritz. "I am desperate being unable to see you."
In 1980, he was complaining
about how royal protocol restricted their secret trysts while
he was on tour: "My new private secretary is horrified by
the idea of ladies in hotels during foreign tours so even if you
had been in Canada and able to come to Vancouver I dare say I
would have had a frightful struggle!"
Charles was a year away from
marrying 19-year-old Diana. Janet had just got divorced. He wrote:
"I so hope you have recovered from the traumatic business
of marriage and divorce - such a short time. Thank goodness you
discovered the mistake early enough and didn't start a family.
Making a mistake like that is, frankly, something which concerns
Twice-divorced Janet, who
lives in Toronto and has a teenaged son, has claimed that although
the affair ended earlier, she slept with Charles at Highgrove
in July 1992. Six of about 15 love letters sent to her by the
prince have surfaced through Alicia Carroll, an American collector
based in Los Angeles.
Janet said last night: "The
letters show him to be a deeply sensitive, compassionate man."
But Mrs Carroll said: "He can't say Camilla was the great
love of his life when he was writing these kind of letters to
Janet not long after they'd broken up."
Daily Mirror London Friday
19 July 2002 11:08:50am
CHARLES LETTER MOANS ABOUT
EXCLUSIVE By Jane Kerr, Royal
A LETTER by Prince Charles moaning about his duties on a royal
tour is to be auctioned.
Writing to a friend, he complains:
"The real problem is keeping up my enthusiasm on each new
day because I am beginning to get fed up with the amount of nonsensical
rubbish I take all day and every day. "If one more NZ (New
Zealand) child asks me what it's like to be prince I shall go
demented." He ends: "Will you visit me when they strap
me in a white apron and deposit me in some institution?"
The sulky letter, in which
he also attacks "kindless" remarks about his tumbles
off polo ponies, was sent in 1981, a few months before his wedding
to Diana Spencer.
It is one of 112 letters written
by Charles, the Queen, Diana and other royals to be sold, probably
in New York later this year. A handwritten note from Charles in
August 1980, less than a year before his wedding, betrays his
closeness to Camilla Parker Bowles. Referring to a vet giving
a tranquilizer to a horse, Charles says: "My professional
adviser (Camilla!) tells me that it was probably needed before
being turned out in the field."
The letters are being sold
by American businesswoman Alicia Carroll, who has collected a
vast array of royal memorabilia, even slices of Diana's wedding
cake. In one letter, the princess spells out her unhappiness,
despite being pregnant with her first child, William. She tells
a relative: "I don't like complaining, but it's not that
great at the moment, probably because there is such a lot going
on my way after three months. "Hubby is on a cloud saying
how marvelous he is and clever. I spend a lot of time reminding
him that I'm the one carrying it. But it doesn't make any difference."
But she is much happier after the arrival of Harry. She writes:
"William adores his brother. I can't quite believe I am a
Another glimpse of life at
the palace comes on a gift tag from the Queen to her husband.
It reads: "To Philip, fondest love, from Lilibet" -
the royals' pet name for her.
Ms Carroll bought most of
the letters from relatives, friends and staff of the royals. She
says some needed the money and promises not to sell the most personal
letters. She said: "Some were written by Diana when her marriage
was breaking up. People write things in the heat of the moment
they don't mean. I'd never do anything to embarrass the royals."
-THE Duchy of Cornwall, the
landed estate which provides Prince Charles's income, saw profits
rise by 4.7 per cent last year to £7.8 million, despite
foot and mouth.
Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 10:22 GMT
11:22 UK Prince's letters to be auctioned
About 300 Royal items to be
auctioned in US this year
A letter written by the Prince
of Wales complaining over relentless questioning about life as
a royal is to be auctioned. The letter was sent in 1981 when he
was on tour of New Zealand. In it he says: ''If one more child
asks me what it's like to be a prince I shall go demented.'' The
eight-page note, handwritten on Buckingham Palace paper, is one
of 300 royal items to be sold at auction in the US later this
year. William doted on Harry as a baby, Diana's letter says
The items, including letters
from Diana, Princess of Wales after her honeymoon and the birth
of Prince Harry, give a rare insight into royal life. Writing
to a friend, Charles complains: "The real problem is keeping
up my enthusiasm on each new day because I am beginning to get
fed up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish I take all day and
every day. "If one more NZ child asks me what it's like to
be a prince I shall go demented." He finishes the letter:
"Will you visit me when they strap me in a white apron and
deposit me in some institution?" Another letter by the Prince
refers to Camilla Parker Bowles. Penned in August 1980, less than
a year before he married Diana, Charles refers to a vet tranquilizing
a horse. He says: "My professional adviser (Camilla!) tells
me that it was probably needed before being turned out in the
Other items in the auction
include a note written by Diana after her honeymoon to a former
member of staff from her family home who became a friend. She
says: "We had a wonderful honeymoon catching up on all that
lack of sleep, and just being together made everything so perfect."
American businesswoman Alicia Carroll, who is selling the collection,
said: "Diana gave so many people gifts, letters and cards.
"If she had written you 50 letters, and you needed money
for something, it would not be so bad to sell five or 10 of them.
"That's how I have been collecting them." Mrs Parker
Bowles mentioned in Charles' letter before his wedding
Ms Carroll, who runs a web
site called everythingroyal.com, said she had 10,000 royal items
and wanted to sell some of them. But some items she has promised
to never show. "I have six letters that will never see the
light of day, because I would not do anything to offend the Royal
Family," she says. "I will probably burn them one day."
One of Diana's letters expected to be in the auction was written
after the birth of Prince Harry. She tells a friend: "The
reaction to his birth has totally overwhelmed us and we can hardly
breathe for the mass of flowers that have arrived. "William
adores his little brother and spends the entire time pouring an
endless supply of hugs and kisses on Harry, and we are hardly
allowed near. "I cannot quite believe I am now a mother-of-two."
HELLO MAGAZINE Sunday, July
26 JUNE 2002
A collection of intimate missives written by members of the Royal
family, including the late Princess Diana, is to go on sale by
auction probably in New York later in the year.
The correspondence, which
comprises 112 letters, plus a gift tag from the Queen to her husband,
is being sold by American businesswomen Alicia Carroll. Alicia
is the owner of a large body of royal memorabilia, which even
includes slices of Charles and Diana's wedding cake.
One letter, written three
months into the late Princess's first pregnancy, gives an insight
into the mother-to-bes state of mind at the time. I
don't like complaining, but it's not that great at the moment,
probably because there's so much going my way at the moment,
she wrote. Hubby is on a cloud saying how marvelous he is
and clever. I spend a lot of time reminding him that I'm the one
carrying it. But it doesn't make any difference.
In an earlier letter written
by her husband to a friend to during a 1981 trip to New Zealand
just before his nuptials, Charles also revealed that life as a
royal is not always a rosy one. If one more NZ child asks
me what it's like to be prince I shall go demented, he penned.
Will you visit me when they strap me in a white apron and
deposit me in some institution?
Also included in the items
offered for sale is a gift tag addressed to Philip with fondest
love from Lilibet, a reference to the British monarchs pet
name among members of the royal family.
According to Alicia, other
letters of an even more personal nature including some
written by Diana when her marriage to Charles was in difficulty
will not be included in the auction. People write
things in the heat of the moment that they don't mean, she
said. Id never do anything to embarrass the royals.
Among the items to be auctioned off
is a gift tag addressed from the Queen to her husband Prince Philip
which reads: "fondest love from Lilibet"
One of the letters by Charles, written in 1981, reveals his disenchantment
at that time with the constant pressures of his role. If
one more NZ child asks me what its like to be prince I shall
go demented, he wrote
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TO BE AUCTIONED
By Sam Greenhill, PA News
A letter by the Prince of
Wales moaning that if one more child asks what it is like to be
a royal I shall go demented is to be auctioned. The missive was
sent in 1981 when the Prince was on a tour of New Zealand. Writing
to a friend, Charles complains: The real problem is keeping up
my enthusiasm on each new day because I am beginning to get fed
up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish I take all day and every
day. If one more NZ child asks me what it's like to be a prince
I shall go demented. He finishes the letter: Will you visit me
when they strap me in a white apron and deposit me in some institution?
The eight-page note, handwritten on Buckingham Palace paper, is
one of about 300 royal items to be sold at auction in the US later
Another letter by the Prince
refers to Camilla Parker Bowles. Penned in August 1980, less than
a year before he married Diana, Charles refers to a vet tranquilizing
a horse and says: My professional adviser (Camilla!) tells me
that it was probably needed before being turned out in the field.
Other items in the auction include a note written by Diana after
her honeymoon. She tells a former member of staff from her family
home who became a friend: We had a wonderful honeymoon catching
up on all that lack of sleep, and just being together made everything
American businesswoman Alicia Carroll, who is selling the collection,
said: Diana gave so many people gifts, letters and cards. If she
had written you 50 letters, and you needed money for something,
it would not be so bad to sell five or 10 of them. That's how
I have been collecting them.
Ms Carroll, who runs a web site called everythingroyal.com, said
she had 10,000 royal items and wanted to sell some of them. But
some items she has promised to never show. I have six letters
that will never see the light of day, because I would not do anything
to offend the Royal Family. I will probably burn them one day.
One of Diana's letters expected to be in the auction was written
after the birth of Prince Harry. She tells a friend: The reaction
to his birth has totally overwhelmed us and we can hardly breathe
for the mass of flowers that have arrived.William adores his little
brother and spends the entire time pouring an endless supply of
hugs and kisses on Harry, and we are hardly allowed near. I can't
quite believe I am now a mother-of-two.
NEW ZEALAND NEWSPAPER AND
Prince's letter complains
An American businesswoman auctioning a letter penned by Prince
Charles in which he complains about his experiences in New Zealand
says it is not a reflection on the country.
Prince Charles wrote the letter
to a friend while in this country in 1981.
In it he says he will go demented
if one more New Zealand child asks him what it is like to be a
prince. He also complains about endless facetious remarks about
his falling off horses during polo matches.
The letter is being sold in
New York by an American businesswoman, Alicia Carroll.
She says his remarks were
made while the Prince was tired, and could have been written anywhere
in the world at that time.
Carroll says it was a very
hard time for Prince Charles as neither he nor his new wife Princess
Diana were prepared for the global adulation they received.
Published on June 27, 2002
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Royal family collection to be auctioned Friday, July 5, 2002
The collection includes some personal letters that will not be
By AMY HOUSLEY VINDICATOR
TRUMBULL STAFF WARREN
A former Warren woman is making
news with her collection of royal memorabilia. Alicia Carroll,
the former Carol Kirk, will auction off her personal collection.
She operates Everything Royal, a business in Los Angeles that
specializes in selling those types of items. No date or site have
Carroll became interested
in the memorabilia more nearly 18 years ago because of the amount
of exposure the royal family received. She describes the catalogs
of memorabilia she found at that time as "pathetic."
After deciding she could do better, she advertised a catalog she
hadn't even put together yet. She had an overwhelming response
of requests, which launched her into the business.
Carroll made contacts in England
and began collecting. With the demand in the United States, she
had little trouble selling here. She also built up her personal
collection, which includes bracelets that belonged to Princess
Diana, a box from the wedding cake of Diana and Prince Charles
and personal letters. "I remember the day I got my first
letter," Carroll said, reflecting on her early days of collecting.
She said that now, "it's time to let someone else enjoy them."
She had hoped to open a museum
but the cost was prohibitive. An alternative she also considered
was traveling with her collection, but the cost and the demands
of traveling prevented it. Continuing business Everything Royal
makes about $500,000 each year. The business will continue, even
though Carroll will be selling her personal collection, valued
in the millions. "Now's the time to do it," Carroll
said of her plans for the auction.
Since word of the auction
got out, the press response has been overwhelming. She's hoping
the added exposure will attract a private buyer for the collection,
which she would like to keep together.
One letter generating a lot
of interest was written by Charles dated less than a year before
he married Diana. In it, he makes a reference to Camilla Parker
Bowles, the woman who is blamed for breaking up the royal marriage.
Some of the other letters
in the collection include ones written by Diana after her honeymoon
and around the time of the births of her sons, Princes William
Carroll said she has four
letters she will never sell because of the personal nature of
the contents. She also plans to keep one of Diana's bracelets
and some photos. "It's very hard to part with the things.
I wouldn't do anything to offend the royal family,"
Carroll said, crediting them
with giving her a livelihood. Along with her trips to England,
Carroll said she often returns to the Warren area.
Her parents, Fran and Elsie
Mendenhall, live in Bazetta. When it comes to choosing between
family and work, Carroll said, "my family comes first."
Saturday, July 6, 2002
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Cleveland Plain Dealer Sarah
Los Angeles businesswoman
Alicia Carroll became big news once the British press got wind
that she owned a letter Prince Charles wrote to a friend calling
Camilla Parker Bowles "my professional adviser."
The handwritten note the prince
sent to a friend in 1981, a few months before his wedding, refers
to a Bowles recommendation about a royal polo pony. The note is
one of the rare times Charles refers to his relationship with
Bowles, who has been rumored to be a longtime love interest.
Carroll, who was known as
Carol Kirk growing up in Warren, has gathered thousands of royalty
items that she markets on her Web site, www.everythingroyal.com.
However, she hopes a collector will buy her entire private collection
of 56 letters penned by Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Diana and
other royals, as well as hundreds of keepsakes including a souvenir
box that once held a bit of the Queen Mum's 1923 wedding cake.
Want a rare autographed photo
of Queen Mary holding baby Elizabeth, the future queen? Carroll's
got it. A portion of the rose bouquet a young attendant carried
in the wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles? Carroll has that,
At the top of a serious collector's
list would be Diana's letters, written after her honeymoon and
the birth of each of her two sons.
But Carroll has four very
personal royal letters she vows will never leave her hands. "They
are letters that were writ ten in anger. I wouldn't even read
them to my mother." Carroll keeps them in her safe for now.
Someday, "when I am very, very brave, I will burn them."
To reach this Plain Dealer
Florida Today, Sunday
June 30, 2002
People Watch - Royal
letters for sale
A letter by Prince Charles
complaining that children's questions during a royal tour threatened
to drive him "demented" is among a collection of royal
letters to be auctioned by an American businesswoman this year.
Los Angeles based Alicia Carroll
announced she plans to sell some 300 letters from her royal collection
of around 10,000 royal items on her web site.
In Charles 1981 letter, sent
to a friend from New Zealand, he states, " The real problem
is keeping up my enthusiasm on each new day because I am getting
fed up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish I take all day and
every day," he writes, "If one more NZ child asks me
what it's like to be a prince I shall go demented." The eight page note , hand written on Buckingham
paper, concludes, "Will you visit me when they strap me in
a white apron and deposit me in some institution?"
Another letter from Charles
refers to his longtime companion, Camilla Parker Bowles. Written
in August 1980, less than a year before he married Lady Diana
Spencer, Charles refers to a vet tranquilizing a horse and says,
" My professional advisor (Camilla) tells me that is was
probably needed before being turned out in the field."
Carroll's website is www.everythingroyal.com.
The Press Democrat
Friday, June 28,
2002 Santa Rose, California
Kids ruffle royalty
A letter by Prince Charles
complaining that children's questions during a royal tour threatened
to drive him "demented" is among a collection of royal
letters that Los Angeles business woman Alicia Carroll plans to
auction later this year.
" The real problem is
keeping up my enthusiasm on each new day because I am beginning
to get fed up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish I take all
day and every day, " he writes in a 1981 letter to a friend
from New Zealand. "If one more NZ child asks me what it's
like to be a prince I shall go demented."
The eight page note concludes,
"Will you visit me when they strap me in a white apron and
deposit me in some institution?"
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