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Woman Held in Theft of Letters From Princess Diana to Her Lover

From Times Wire Reports

British police arrested a woman Friday in connection with the alleged theft of letters written by Princess Diana to her lover, James Hewitt.

Anna Ferretti was taken into custody at Waterloo International train station, where she was believed to be headed for France.

Police said she was arrested on allegations of theft but gave no other details.

The Mirror newspaper reported Thursday that Ferretti, Hewitt’s former fiancee, tried to sell 62 handwritten letters to the tabloid for $250,000, saying she wanted to sell them before Hewitt did.

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The letters were taken from a safe at Hewitt’s home Wednesday while he was away on business, the Mirror said.

The paper said it paid Ferretti $1,670 as part of a contract for publishing the letters’ contents, but said it never intended to actually print them. The Mirror said it turned the letters over to Kensington Palace, the princess’ former home.

Diana had a five-year affair with Hewitt, Prince William’s former riding instructor.


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