Diana and James Hewitt
Hewitt to sell Diana love letters
LOS ANGELES, California --James Hewitt says he is prepared to sell love letters written by his former lover Diana, Princess of Wales.
The former British army officer said in an hour-long interview with CNN's Larry King broadcast Wednesday that most people in his situation would do the same thing.
Hewitt is reported to have already been offered $6.4 million for 10 of the 64 letters composed during his affair with Diana, who at the time was married to the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles. The couple divorced in August 1996.
"I'm not being hypocritical about this, I'm being honest," he said.
Hewitt, 44, had previously said he would "never dream" of selling Diana's hand-written love letters.
The princess confirmed the relationship with Hewitt in a sensational television interview on British television in 1995 in which she said of him: "Yes, I adored him. Yes I was in love with him. But I was very let down."
"Yes, I was interested when someone offered me a large sum of money," Hewitt said in answer to questions from King.
"And you would be interested if you got an offer tomorrow?" King continued. "Yes, I would be," Hewitt replied.
Hewitt told CNN's King that ideally the intimate correspondence, written between 1989 and 1991, would go to a private collector or a museum.
"I think it's important to understand that they are or will become important historical documents."
And he said selling the letters was better than leaving them to sit and "rot in a safe."
"I think it might be irresponsible not to sell them and to generate something one can do some good with." When asked if he would use it to "do a lot of good," he replied that he would.
The Gulf War veteran also brushed aside suggestions that he should donate the letters to the British Museum or to Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry.
He insisted the letters were not salacious. "They are extremely well written, loving and nothing to be ashamed of."
Hewitt's plans to cash in on the letters first emerged in a British tabloid newspaper sting last month where he agreed to sell them for up to $16 million to an undercover reporter posing as a Swiss tycoon.
Hewitt to sell Diana love letters in America
By Michael Horsnell
JAMES HEWITT, the former Life Guards officer, began an attempt in America yesterday to sell the intimate love letters he received from Diana, Princess of Wales, for as much as £10 million.
He is expected to auction the 64 letters written by the Princess during their affair between 1989 and 1991, despite having previously asserted that he would “never dream” of selling them.
Michael Coleman, his lawyer, said in Los Angeles last night: “We have a number of serious offers from buyers, but some of them are concerned about the levels of publicity. The likelihood is that the letters will be auctioned, and the current plan is to go to a New York auction house and put them up for sale there." Major Hewitt, 44, is facing a bankruptcy hearing in the High Court later this month over VAT debts, and desperately needs the money.
Lawyers indicated that although he is free to sell the letters, the purchaser would not be free to publish them, as copyright resides with the trustees of the late Princess’s estate.
Major Hewitt regards a museum as the ideal repository for the 64 hand-written letters, and the British Library immediately stepped in to register a strong interest.
But Dr Christopher Wright, its head of manuscripts, made clear he could not enter a bidding war. He said: “We have a large collection of royal letters going back to the Tudors, including correspondence between Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex.
“Scholars from all over the world come here. We would take any approach very seriously but I understand figures of many millions have been cited and the British Library would not be in any position to raise such huge sums.”
The Millfield-educated Major Hewitt appeared on the American talk show Larry King Live to market the “Darling James” letters.
He said: “I’m not being hypocritical about this, I’m being honest. I think it’s important to understand that they are, or will, become important historical documents.” He said selling the letters was better than leaving them to “rot in a safe”.
“I think it might be irresponsible not to sell them and to generate something one can do some good with.”
The Gulf War veteran insisted the letters were not salacious. “They are extremely well-written, loving and nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.
He brushed aside suggestions that he should donate them to the British Museum and declined to say what he would do with the proceeds or whether he would donate any amount to charity.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the matter.
Major Hewitt’s intentions were revealed by News of the World last month, after the newspaper set up a sting in which he agreed to sell the letters for up to £10 million to undercover reporters posing as middlemen for a Swiss tycoon. He had earlier rejected a £4 million offer from an American collector for ten of the most intimate of the letters.
Major Hewitt, who receives an £8,000-a-year Army pension, is said to have made hundreds of thousands of pounds from newspaper articles and two kiss-and-tell books about his relationship with the Princess.
The existence of the letters emerged when Major Hewitt’s former lover, Anna Ferretti, allegedly stole them from his Devon home and tried to sell them to a newspaper in 1998. But that deal was foiled and they were handed over to Kensington Palace.
Major Hewitt then threatened to sue the Princess’s estate for their return. In a 1998 statement issued through his then solicitor, Mark Stephens, he said he “would never sell letters from Diana”.
Lawyers acting for the Princess’s estate advised that the 64 letters could not lawfully be kept from Major Hewitt, so her family reluctantly handed them back.
As criticism mounted of his move to sell the letters, the Duchess of York said: “I think he should just be quiet and go away. Betrayal, I think is the most horrible, horrible, disloyal thing you can do to anyone.”
Here is an article about the copyright issues that the eventual buyer of Diana's later will have to face.
January 10, 2003
... but buyer won't be able to publish them
By Frances Gibb, Legal Editor
JAMES HEWITT is free to sell the love letters from Diana, Princess of Wales, but her estate retains the copyright to their contents.
Duncan Lamont, media partner and intellectual property specialist at the law firm Charles Russell, said that although the pieces of paper belonged to Major Hewitt the words belonged to the late Princess. “Anyone buying these letters would not be able to publish them without breaching the copyright which belongs to her estate,” he said. “They could give a gist of what was there, but no more.”
The 64 letters could still be valuable to a museum or collector. Mr Lamont said that they could charge an access fee for researchers who, under strict conditions, could draw on their contents for their work. He added: “In another 65 years, when the copyright has expired, they would then be free to do with them what they wish.” At present, executors of Diana’s estate could block publication by seeking an injunction. If that failed they could sue for damages for breach of copyright, provided that publication did not take place in a country that did not abide by copyright conventions.
Mark Stephens, media lawyer with Finers Stephens Innocent, who advised Major Hewitt at one stage when the letters were reported to have been stolen in 1998, said that the former officer had not agreed to any conditions when the letters were returned to him, and that he was therefore free to sell them. But if the contents were disclosed, then the executors arguably could bring legal proceedings for breach of confidence.
The letters’ content would count as confidential, and in such a case the confidence would be owned jointly by the sender and recipient. “Both Major Hewitt and the executors would have to agree to disclosure,” Mr Stephens said.
But the issue of confidence was complicated by the fact that letters had been to a newspaper, and then handled by various palace officials, and it could be argued that their confidentiality had been lost. In any case, the sale could lead to legal proceedings. Michael Coleman, lawyer for Mr Hewitt, confirmed yesterday that the letters would be sold, probably at auction. He said he hoped that there would be no dispute over copyright for prospective purchasers, although that would be for them to sort out.
A spokesman for Lawrence Graham, solicitor for the trustees of Diana’s estate, would not comment.
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James Hewitt says he is prepared to sell a number of personal letters from his former lover, the late Diana, Princess of Wales. But what drives the Gulf War veteran who is now seen as Britain's most notorious "love rat"?
When is a cad not a cad? When he's a rat. Or so the tabloid press would say.
Most of us, if we are honest, are fascinated by cads and bounders. The sheer arrogant raffishness of the likes of Terry-Thomas, Alan Clark and Harry Flashman - all leers and innuendo - acts as a colourful antidote to an often dull world.
Cads dress and speak impeccably. They effortlessly insinuate themselves with - and ruthlessly ditch - beautiful women, outmanoeuvring their male rivals with practised ease.
The Cad's Creed is, as we all know, "all's fair in love and war". They are rogues, but charming with it.
The rat, on the other hand, seemingly personified by James Hewitt, is altogether darker.
He is seen as self-serving, callous, obsessed with his own image and, above all, with money. Sure, the rat can be charming, but only in as far as it suits his own ends. Above all, he can always be counted on to kiss and tell.
But have we got James Hewitt all wrong?
Here is a war veteran, with 17 years of service in the Life Guards, a cavalry regiment charged with guarding the Sovereign, behind him.
His only crime - though technically punishable by death at the time - was to have an affair with the then wife of the heir to the throne.
Today, he is reportedly considering selling 10 out of 64 private letters from Diana - which he says are "extremely well written, loving and nothing to be ashamed of" - for a reported £4 million.
His perceived betrayal of the late princess has made Hewitt a social outcast, virtually unemployable: the money would, no doubt, secure his future.
James Hewitt's life, though privileged, has mirrored that of many of his class. The son, and grandson, of army officers, he was born in 1958 and educated at the exclusive Millfield School in Somerset.
Although not academically bright - only really shining while in the saddle - Hewitt progressed to Sandhurst Military Academy, where he trained as an army officer, before being commissioned in the Life Guards.
He first met Princess Diana at a party in London's Mayfair in 1986. She was 25, he 28.
At the time, her marriage was in crisis and she and Prince Charles - whose own affair with Camilla Parker Bowles was in the process of being rekindled - were in the middle of a famous 39-day separation.
Diana engaged Hewitt as a riding instructor for both her and, later, her young sons. The affair, which began in 1987, ended in 1992, when the princess stopped taking Hewitt's telephone calls.
Hewitt's career in the army had its ups and downs. Though he commanded A Squadron, Scots Guards, in the 1991 Gulf War, he twice failed his major's examination and left the service as a captain, no great achievement after 17 years of service.
His current rank of major - one above the one he retired with - was granted in line with common army practice.
After retiring from the Life Guards in March 1994, James Hewitt ploughed £30,000 into a golf driving range in the City of London, to little success.
He applied for a job at the House of Lords. But his effusive plea - "You'd be mad not to see me" - fell on deaf ears.
The same year, Hewitt broke cover. He collaborated with the writer Anna Pasternak on Princess In Love, a saccharine account of his affair with Diana.
As well as a reported £300,000 fee for the book, a subsequent interview in the News of the World is said to have brought him £1 million.
Diana was distraught. In the famous Panorama interview, broadcast the following year, she admitted her adultery with him. "Yes, I adored him," she said. "Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down."
Beyond this, popular opinion was outraged and Hewitt's erstwhile colleagues cut him off.
Revelations of other affairs - his amorous adventures have earned Hewitt the nickname Timeshare - including one with the weathergirl Sally Faber, then wife of a Conservative MP, only added to his reputation.
In 1999, two years after Diana's death, Hewitt published his autobiography, Love and War.
In it, he revealed intimate details of the affair: how Diana seduced him and how the couple made love in her four-poster bed and on a bathroom floor.
Today, paradoxically, Hewitt lives at home in Devon with his mother Shirley. The man who once claimed, "I like to pay my way" may well soon be in a position to do that.
But what price does anyone, even a rat, put on his reputation?
Fox News sends Diana's lover to war
Wed Jan 15, 8:36 PM ET
By Craig Offman
NEW YORK (Variety) - Onetime Princess Diana paramour James Hewitt is not going to war against the media but for it.
Fox News has hired the British army reservist as a correspondent to cover the possible conflict with Iraq.
Hewitt, who has no journalistic experience, is an officer and Gulf War veteran. Fox News, which could not be reached for comment, will pay Hewitt a reported $160,000.
In a move that may cause much more controversy, Hewitt will sell his trove of 64 handwritten letters from Diana. He didn't disclose what he would do with the expected millions of dollars in proceeds.
On CNN's "Larry King Live" last week, he said it was possible but not likely that he would be called up to serve in the war.
10 JANUARY 2003
Just days after Princess Diana's former lover announced his plans to sell their intimate correspondence, it has emerged that the late royal's family is looking into taking legal action over the issue.
The Daily Mail reports that the Spencers' legal team is looking over the transcripts of James Hewitt's January 8 interview on Larry King Live, in which he revealed his intent to sell the notes. The copyright on the contents of the 64 letters, dated between 1989 and 1991, is held by the Princess' estate, and her family does not want the correspondence to be published.
The former Army officer, who is on the verge of bankrupcy, once said he would "never dream" of selling the letters. He apparently made a deal with the family's lawyers that the letters would be stored, would not be sold and would be destroyed at the time of his death.
"It is a point of principle," a family friend told the Mail. "Hewitt made agreements and they don't see why he should be allowed to ignore them because he might get a million-dollar payout." In the interview, the ex-tank commancer appeared to be suggesting a price of £10 million would be acceptable.
Fighting the sale of the letters on copyright grounds would be a challenge – legal experts say there would be no copyright infringement if the letters were bought by a private collector or museum and simply displayed.
A sale to preserve the letters as "historical documents" is Hewitt's aim, according to his TV interview. Saying he "wouldn't suggest" any potential buyers should reproduce the documents, he added: "There would be certain stipulations. I mean, ideally I think (the sale) would be to a private collector or a museum."
9 JANUARY 2003
When Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana's former love James Hewitt were scheduled for back-to-back appearances on the same US TV interview show, the former Life Guards officer took the opportunity to ask for an off-screen chat. However, the flame-haired Duchess apparently had no interest in meeting – and made her opinions known live on the air.
Sarah – who took part in the programme Larry King Live the night before Hewitt – revealed during her interview that Diana's ex had called her and asked her to go out for a drink. "Don't you think that's funny?," she said. "I mean, the answer is, no James, I don't want to have a drink with you. If I did, it would probably end up in the newspaper the next day."
The popular Weight Watchers spokesperson also had no qualms about giving her thoughts on Hewitt's intention to sell intimate letters the late Princess sent to him during their relationship. "I think he should just be quiet and go away… betrayal is, I think, the most horrible, horrible thing you can do to anyone."
The following evening, Hewitt gave his response. "The sad thing is that, you know, last time I saw Sarah Ferguson she came bounding up to me in a hotel in London and was very friendly," he said. "I thought it was just only good manners since we're in the same city abroad that I should ask her for a drink. It's sad that she should feel fit to reply to that private invitation on air."
The former military man also defended his right to sell Diana's correspondence, which was written between 1989 and 1991. Saying he doesn't want the letters to "rot in a safe" – ideally he would sell the "historical documents" to a private collector or museum – he said: "I think it might be irresponsible not to sell them."
Who is James Hewitt ?
Looks like Fox News has changed its mind....there is no longer a job for Mr. Hewitt.
Princess Diana's former lover was considered for Fox News war team
Wed Jan 22, 3:22 PM ET
NEW YORK - Fox News Channel was ready to hire Princess Diana's former lover as a war correspondent but lost its nerve after a British tabloid reported the deal, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Michael Coleman, James Hewitt's lawyer, said Fox's decision is "a big kick in the teeth" for his client.
Fox News Channel representatives did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.
Hewitt, a former tank commander for the British army in the Gulf War (news - web sites), had an affair with Diana that began when he gave her riding lessons. He has recently been trying to sell the letters written to him by Diana when he was in the war.
He appeared as a guest on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Jan. 8 and, two days later, Fox representatives inquired about whether he'd be a network contributor if war broke out in Iraq, Coleman said.
Hewitt was not only interested, he was willing to be stationed in the Middle East, he said. A contract was quickly drawn up that would pay Hewitt $80,000 for one year, he said.
London's Daily Mirror newspaper heard about the talks and headlined a story about it last week, "Murdoch Hires the Desert Rat." Rupert Murdoch is head of News Corp., Fox News Channel's parent company.
Fox's ardor instantly cooled, Coleman said. He was accused of leaking the story to the newspaper, which he denied because the contract was not signed by both sides.
Fox then arranged for Hewitt to fly to New York Friday for a five-minute meeting in which he was told there was no deal, he said.
"I can't figure out why they're doing this," Coleman said. "We don't know what's going on. But, obviously, someone behind the scenes went berserk and said, `whatever you do, just get rid of him.'"
U.S. networks, particularly top-rated Fox and its competitors CNN and MSNBC, are busy preparing for a possible war in Iraq. Fox has taken out newspaper ads challenging CNN's boasts that it plans to "own" the war story.
CNN said Hewitt, while a suitable guest for King, would never be hired there as a contributor to war coverage.
"We hire journalists," CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said.
What a Jerk! :(
DI LOVE LETTERS TO HEWITT TO BE READ OUT ON TV Jul 13 2003
By Millicent Brown
EXTRACTS from Princess Diana's explosive love letters to James Hewitt
are to be aired for the first time on a TV documentary.
Hewitt's lawyer Michael Coleman will read passages from the letters
in a forthcoming hour-long documentary entitled James Hewitt:
Confessions of a Cad. The news will come as a devastating blow to
Prince Charles and sons William and Harry as the royals have so far
managed to keep the contents of the controverisal letters secret.
But Channel 4 confirmed last night that extracts from the letters are
set to be broadcast in the documentary on July 24. A Channel 4
spokeswoman said: "I think that as part of the documentary his lawyer
will read extracts from the letters."
Channel 4 lawyers gave the go-ahead to the readings after discovering
a loophole in the copyright law which until now has prevented the
content of the letters from being aired.
A Channel 4 executive said: "The copyright belongs to Diana's estate,
but the law permits reasonable extracts to be made public where they
forward legitimate debate."
Meanwhile Hewitt, who boasts he seduces more women a year "than the
England cricket team scores runs", has blamed his lust on his father.
He tells Channel 4: "My father was always one for having an eye for
the women.... and his father. I reckon it runs in the blood."
(From The Sun)
Hewitt flaunts Di letters
By SARA NATHAN
JAMES Hewitt is allowing intimate letters Princess Diana sent him to be read out on Channel 4.
Highly personal passages from the 64 love notes are included in the documentary which follows Hewitt for six months as he tries to sell them in the US for £10million.
Viewers will hear extracts including one where Di tells former tank commander Hewitt he must keep safe while in action in the first Gulf War.
A TV insider said: “Diana says that she and the boys are missing him. It is exceedingly personal stuff.”
The notes are read out by Hewitt’s lawyer, Michael Coleman. The documentary James Hewitt: Confessions of a Cad is screened on July 24.
But Channel 4 chiefs could still face an injunction as the copyright to the letters belongs to Diana’s estate. Hewitt also uses the programme to laugh at rumours he is Prince Harry’s dad.
He boasts that the number of lovers he has had exceeds the number of runs the English cricket team gets in the average season. Diana had a three-year affair with Life Guard Hewitt around 1991.
Speaking in her infamous Panorama interview in 1995, Diana admitted: “Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down.”
Last December, The Sun’s sister paper, the News of the World, caught Hewitt as he tried to sell the letters.
Hewitt, 45, had vowed he would never do such a thing. But by the time the paper discovered the plot, he had already rejected a £4million offer.
He was prepared to reveal Diana’s nicknames for their private parts, a sex toy she sent to him in Kuwait and their fantasies. In one letter Di tells how her brother Charles was caught in a “leg over situation.”
What are your feelings about this man…..
I don't like him at all, he makes me a bit sick :sick:
22 SEPTEMBER 2003
James Hewitt has been offered £600,000 to sell his love letters from the late Princess Diana. The offer comes eight months after the 45-year-old failed in his efforts to sell the correspondence for £10 million in the US.
Pharmaceutical consultant Ian Wills is seeking to buy the letters, which he says he will return to the Royal Family. The 41-year-old has already signed an "in-principle" agreement with Hewitt, offering securities and his home as guarantees.
"I just wanted to bring an end to the affair of the letters," said Mr Wills. "I wanted to do it because I could and it seemed the right thing to do. I also liked Hewitt and I knew the money would help him."
It is believed that Hewitt is reluctant to go through with the sale, however. The former Army major still hopes to garner a much higher price, despite the fact that he has not received any other offers.
Mr Wills, meanwhile, has promised he will not try to profit from the letters, if the sale does go ahead. "I employed a publicist who told me that I could recoup a certain amount of the money by selling the story of the purchase to a newspaper," he said. "But I was still reconciled to taking a substantial hit on the deal."
I really, using a "Diana word", loathe him. He´s embarassing!
My honest to Goodness opinion of this man: HE IS A PUNK! He has no respect for Diana what so ever. No wonder this great woman can't rest in peace. She chose the wrong man to have an affair with. Any man who would choose to use love letters between him and his lover for publicity is SICK! Not to mention that he was/is going to sell them for money! My goodness he is PERVERTED! He has no class, he is absolutly disgusting...... Hope that sums it up for me....
actually, james hewitt met diana in 1981.so.....
i check the picsof harry and james,i found that (although i do not want that is true)form the physical appearance, harry really looks like him.
what is he up to now...
I really dislike James Hewitt. As Diana would say, He betrayed her!
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