credit : John Matthew Smith

Princess Diana was 4th Baron Maurice Fermoy’s maternal granddaughter. Per a confession letter written to Ann, Evelyn Rudderforth, Ann’s mother, stated that 4th Baron Fermoy, through their extra-marital affair, had fathered Ann in 1943. All of the evidence, circumstantial and physical, bears this out, making Princess Diana Ann’s niece.

4th Baron Maurice Fermoy

“My Rose, My Evelyn

“Once again I write to you though the hand of my dearest friend. We have to be so careful about my flower.
Ruth”, Lady Ruth Fermoy, ”is not well today and I cannot get away so I’m leaving your money with Fred, so he can once again deliver it to you. He has been so marvelous in keeping our secret. I cherish his friendship. You looked so beautifully last night. I wanted so much to hold you again, Our Ann looks like you, my flower. I do so wish I could see her more often, it’s impossible; there would be such a scandal. Ruth sometimes looks at me in a puzzling way. I wonder sometimes if she knows.

Fred will call for you on Sunday and bring you to the house. Ruth will be away, so all will as well and you will be in my arms once again.

Until then my flower.

I love you so.”

 

Young Ann
ANN in the 1990s

Maurice notes

“Eve

Sending you £500 pounds during the coming months for Ann. With kind regards, yours ever”

*Note: This is worth nearly $25,000 in 2019.

http://www.in2013dollars.com/uk/inflation/1945?amount=500

June 10th, 1946 Letter from 4th Baron Maurice Fermoy

“My Rose, my love,

How wonderful to see Ann riding her bicycle in the safety demonstration last week. Margaret, (Princess Margaret) thought the children did so well. I was so proud of her. So young, riding her two wheeler. Did she like her new bicycle? I thought it was such a beautiful color.

I wanted to hug her so much. It took all my strength to keep at arm’s length.

My flower, I have enclosed the £200 (pounds) a little early, as I shall be on a little trip.

When I return, think of this. Could we have Alice take Ann to Hunstanton for the festival? I could meet you later at the house and we could go on to the festival from there with Fred.

Please let Fred know.

I miss you my dear one

I love you my Rose”

Ann at a Sandringham Estate party

EVELYN RUDDERFORTH

Elaine Lipworth ROYALS EXPERT

“Lord Fermoy was a real ladies man. Quite roguish! Known to have girlfriends. It’s not surprising at all to find that he could well have had an illegitimate child.” (EXTRA TV interview 1999)

Ann and Eve spent lots of time at Park House and Sandringham functions

4th Baron Maurice Fermoy gravesite

Princess Diana and mother, Francess Shand-Kydd, who we believe is Ann’s half-sister.

“Such was the power of money and rank, however, that the alleged mother, Evelyn Rudderforth, was paid in cash and packed off to a foreign country, on the understanding that she and the child would be provided for in return for her discretion” Excerpted from Frances: Princess Diana’s Remarkable Mother, Michael Omara Books, London 2004.

“ My Dearest Darling Ann,

I know one day you will have this book in your possession, maybe after I have passed from this world. There is something I must tell you love. Please try to understand. I just have to get this off my chest. Charlie was not your biological father. I fell in love with Lord Fermoy and we had you as a result. He was married and I was just a commoner. There was nothing we could do. We stayed in close touch and he loved you very much. Remember we went to a lot of functions. This was so your father (Lord Fermoy) could see you without creating a scandal. I wanted you to know this because this makes you a “Lady.’’ I think perhaps in your heart you knew you were more than just a commoner. I wanted to tell you so much in person but I lacked the courage. I didn’t know how you would respond. I think your brother Dennis knew. He was very jealous of you. Charlie was Denny’s father, you see.

Ann, Dearest Ann, I love you so. Please love me too. There is a picture of your father’s wife in one of my programs. All your music certificates are signed by her. She was a lovely Lady. I love you, love. Lord Fermoy helped me financially with your piano, singing and dancing lessons. That’s why I was able to do so much for you at that time. Maurice died in 1955. I received a beautiful letter from Ed (his son and successor 5th Baron Fermoy, Edmund). I saved this letter in the bank safety box, along with other letters (his son knew) and private papers. I know you’ll understand and I’m sure it will all be forgotten, especially since Charlie died.

I love you with all my heart. All my love mum.”

September 19, 1999 London Sunday Mirror headline

I’m Prince William’s secret aunt…now I want the truth about my mother’s upstairs-downstairs affair; Lord’s Love Letters Hidden In Songbooks Reveal The Astonishing Romance That Could Send Shock Waves Through The Royal Family.

Yesterday Lord Fermoy’s grandson (6th Baron Fermoy, Patrick Burke Roche) and the current holder of the title said: “I received a letter from this woman.

“The nature of her claims are not something I have given much consideration to.

“Until anything further comes out I’m not going to believe what she has to say.”

Yesterday Lord Fermoy’s grandson (6th Baron Fermoy, Patrick Burke Roche) and the current holder of the title said: “I received a letter from this woman.

“The nature of her claims is not something I have given much consideration to.

“Until anything further comes out I’m not going to believe what she has to say.”