Originally Posted by zhontella
I believe Prince Philip did write the nasty letters to Diana, and I think that is no big deal. I can sure do the tarantula letters when I get upset, so I understand. However, it disturbs me when Prince Philip lies about this. It makes him look guilty.
But - the lawyer for the prince said he did not write nasty letters. Plus Simone Simmons has obviously told more than one version about who the letters looked like she allegedly saw:
From the inquest transcript: (Q: Mr. Horwell for the Metropolitan Police, A: Simone Simmons).
Q. When Mr Mansfield asked you the colour of the letters
4 from Prince Philip that you had seen, you told
5 Mr Mansfield that the letters were white?
6 A. Yes. Admittedly it's a long time ago.
7 Q. In the article in The Mail on Sunday, you described the
8 letters as being cream, and you know --
9 A. I can't -- yes.
10 Q. And you know that it has been pointed out, very soon
11 after that article was written, that the
12 Duke of Edinburgh's notepaper was in fact white?
13 A. Right.
14 Q. So it's cream coloured notepaper to The Mail on Sunday?
15 A. Yeah.
16 Q. And white to us?
17 A. They are the little details. I haven't been -- I have
18 been out of action for about two and a half years,
19 so ...
20 Q. And in The Mail on Sunday article, you described the
21 notepaper as being A5, and you know, don't you, it's
22 been said that Prince Philip's notepaper is A4?
23 A. One of the letters -- well, I don't know because I have
24 never seen Prince Philip's notepaper, but I take your
25 word for it.
1 Q. This morning you told Mr Mansfield one was small and one
2 was larger?
3 A. One was larger, yeah.
4 Q. Whereas to The Mail on Sunday, this was A5 sized
6 A. Yes.
7 Q. And to The Mail on Sunday you said that he signed his
8 letters "Philip"?
9 A. Yes. In fact I actually couldn't remember exactly how
10 they were signed.
11 LORD JUSTICE SCOTT BAKER: Well, why did you say they were
12 signed "Philip"?
13 A. The journalist at the time suggested they may have been
14 signed "Philip".
15 MR HORWELL: This is the article that The Mail on Sunday
17 "He signed off curtly as Philip."
18 That is what you told The Mail on Sunday?
19 A. Ah, it was -- as I said just now, it was suggested to me
20 that it was signed "Philip", and so I said "probably".
21 I couldn't remember exactly how it was signed.
22 Q. It was suggested to you by a reporter, you are telling
23 the reporter what you say you had seen?
24 A. Yeah.
25 Q. And a reporter suggests "Philip"?
1 A. Well, if I couldn't remember exactly --
2 Q. And you went along with that?
3 A. Erm --
Does that sound like a reliable source? Another quote from the inquest - about a call that Nicholas Soames is said to have made to Diana where he threatened her, Simmons says Diana had let her listen to it:
Q. If this call had been made, Ms Simmons, it was obviously
21 an important event in her life, was it not?
22 A. Yes.
23 Q. And may --
24 A. It wouldn't have been the first threat that was made to
1 Q. -- be relevant to the reasons why she died?
2 A. Right.
3 Q. Now, there is not a single reference to that call in
4 your first book, is there?
5 A. No, as I said, that book was very heavily edited.
6 Q. Did you insist that this important event in her life be
7 recorded in the book?
8 A. I had no say in the editing of that book.
9 Q. The question I asked you was: did you insist that this
10 important event in her life be kept in the book?
11 A. As I said, with the first book I had no say whatsoever
12 in the editing.
13 Q. It surfaces for the first time, is that right, in the
14 second book which was published in 2005?
Simmons claims she had no say in what was put into her first book, what was edited and what was left out. So far my own experiences with publishing are different, completely different. If she had insisted, it surely would have been put into the book. But at the time her first book came out, nobody had the knowledge they have now, so IMHO she was not able to invent such a thing then, but now of course it sounds plausible.
As for knowing the brand of cosmetics of a person you had often talks for hours in her house, especially after the other person had asked you to go into every room of that apartment to do something psychic there... well, that's fairly easy.
In addition we learned that Diana always had help on writing responses to letters seh got, help with writing her speeches etc. Andrew Morton said that and Rosa Monckton as well. I think it's true, then. So where are the people who helped Diana with answering these nasty letters? Why don't they come forward? Simmons claim that Bashir had the originals in 1997 - why does he not come forward with them if they ever existed?
So IMHO even if Simmons knew Diana's brand of cosmetics, she makes up whatever helps her to sell stories about Diana.