Jackie Kennedy love letters to Welsh peer sell for 100 k – BBC News
A handwritten refusal of union from US chairwoman John F Kennedy’s widow to a Welsh peer is among a lot which sold at auction for 100,000.
Private notes from the UK’s former US ambassador David Ormsby-Gore, Lord Harlech, proposed “a secret marriage” between him and Jackie Kennedy.
Lord Harlech’s wife Sylvia died in a vehicle accident four years after the death of his close friend JFK in 1963.
It was sold at an auction at Bonhams in London on Wednesday.
The “Kennedy Harlech Papers” – which had a guide cost of 100, 000 to 150,000 – also suppose how much JFK “appreciated” his advice.
Lord Harlech, a close advisor of JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, travelled to the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia on a much-publicised journey with Mrs Kennedy just after the death of his wife in 1967.
At the time, there was huge opinion about their nostalgic connection.
“You and I have shared so many lives and deaths and hopes and anguish – we will share them forever and be forever bound together by them, ” Mrs Kennedy wrote on stationery that belonged to Onassis’ yacht.
“If ever I can find some mending and some solace – it has to be with somebody who is not part of all my world-wide of past and suffering. I can find that now – if the world will let us.”
She likewise wrote: “You are like my beloved, beloved brother – and mentor – and the only original character I know – as you were to Jack.”
President Kennedy is said to have asked the then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan that his old sidekick from his London School of Economics periods became Britain’s US ambassador in 1961 after Lord Harlech stood down as MP for Oswestry.