Proof of Princess Diana’s cheeky sense of humour! Birthday card – featuring a VERY bawdy joke – the royal sent to her accountant is revealed
- LA-based celebrity auction site Julien’s Auctions list card from Princess Diana
- The Princess of Wales sent the card to accountant Anthony Burrage in Nineties
- Features a saucy gag on the front – and a hand-written message inside
- Expected to sell for as much as $800 to $1,200 (£600- £900) at auction
A joke birthday card sent by Princess Diana to her accountant has given an insight into the late royal’s cheeky sense of humour.
The birthday card, thought to have been sent in the Nineties, has surfaced on LA-based celebrity auction site Julien’s Auctions after its anonymous owner decided to sell it.
According to the anonymous seller it was sent by Diana, who was killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997, to Anthony Burrage, an accountant and friend.
The front of the card features an image of Sleeping Beauty, which reads: ‘A little prick in the hand sent Sleeping Beauty to sleep’.
It’s a reference to the fairytale in which Sleeping Beauty falls into a deep sleep after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel, but also a cheeky double entendre that’s followed up with the punchline inside the card: ‘Only the big ones are worth staying awake for!’
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Princess Diana’s cheeky sense of humour has been revealed in a birthday card up for auction on LA-based site Julien’s Auctions, which was sent to accountant Anthony Burrage, and is currently estimated to be worth $800 – $1,200 (£600- £900)
The front of the card, thought to have been sent during the nineties, features an image of Sleeping Beauty, which reads: ‘A little prick in the hand sent Sleeping Beauty to sleep’, along with a handwritten note from the late royal
The card is addressed to ‘Tony’ and reads: ‘A belated Happy Birthday for the 5th! From Diana.’
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The card is expected to fetch as much as $800 – $1,200 (£600- £900), and bidding currently stands at $250 (£192) in the online auction.
The description by the bidding site describes the card as 7 by 5 inches, and reads: ‘A humorous birthday card with ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on the cover, handwritten in black felt pen by HRH Princess Diana, ‘Tony, A belated Happy Birthday for the 5th, from, Diana.’
A naughty message printed on the inside reads: ‘Only the big ones are worth staying awake for!’. The card is signed by the late mother to Princes William and Harry, along with a handwritten note reading: ‘Tony, a belated Happy Birthday for the 5th! From Diana’.
‘Tony refers to Anthony Burrage, accountant and trusted employee of HRH Princess Diana.’
Speaking to the Mirror, the anonymous owner of the card said: ‘I know that Diana liked to send humorous cards, but I haven’t seen any quite this naughty, so for me it really shows that she was a fun human being that could share some dirty jokes with her closest friends.
‘This is a secret card that has been kept hidden for many years. A true gem for anyone that is a fan of this special human being.’
MailOnline has contacted Julien’s Auctions for further comment.
Diana’s butler Paul Burrell, 60, has previously claimed that the mischievous princess once put a fake dog poo in Prince Harry’s Christmas stocking when he was a child (Prince Harry seen as a youngster in the mid-eighties)
Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, 60, has previously claimed that the mischievous princess once put a fake dog poo in Prince Harry’s Christmas stocking when he was a child.
Speaking to the Mirror last month, Mr Burrell recalled how the now Duke of Sussex, now 33, was thrilled with the gift – and even planned to use it to play a prank on his grandmother the Queen.
He said: ‘She’d spend hours looking for jokey things for their stockings. One year, Harry got fake dog poo.’
Mr Burrell served as a footman to the monarch before working for Diana, and has often told stories of his time in royal circles.
Diana reportedly loved to play trick on sons William and Harry, who she was very close to. Diana seen on holiday with Princes William and Harry, at the Spanish royal residence Marivent Palace, August 1987
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