6 MARCH 2009

Love letters penned by Prince Charles to a former girlfriend went up for sale this week on internet auction site eBay.

Six notes written by the future king between 1976 and 1980 to Wales-born Janet Jenkins, whom he met in 1975 when she worked as a receptionist at the British consulate in Montreal, are to go under the hammer, with a starting price of £25,000.

Giving a rare and intimate insight into the young royal, who was 26 when he first met 30-year-old Janet, the letters include Charles' fears of marrying the wrong girl and his frustrations with the press.

Referring to choosing the wrong life partner he writes: "Making a mistake like that is, frankly, something which concerns me enormously."

Deciding on where to rendezvouz also had its problems. "I would have thought your apartment is the quietest place," the 60-year-old writes in one. "If we went out the press would be on it in a flash and that would be misery."

In the final seven-page note, written on official Windsor Castle paper, he says: "My new private secretary is horrified by the idea of ladies in hotel rooms during foreign visits. I shall just have to get married as soon as possible and then all these people might relax a little!"

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Six love letters written by Prince Charles, pictured in 1977 at the Calgary stampede, are up for auction on internet website eBay
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The notes give an intimate insight into the young royal at the time
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