The tragedy that followed Jackie Kennedy and the entire Kennedy clan is legendary. But now, some of Jackie's old letters have been unearthed, and they reveal a whole new heartbreaking story of unrequited love.
After the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy, in 1963, Jackie found a friend in longtime Kennedy clan confidante and the ambassador to Britain, David Ormsby-Gore. Ormsby-Gore lost his wife, Sylvia, in a car accident, and the two bonded over the deep losses.
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In 1967, the two traveled to Cambodia together, sparking rumors that he had proposed. In 1968, just five years after JFK's death, Ormsby-Gore finally did propose to Kennedy--and she rejected him..These newly discovered letters describe the pain and anguish Ormsby-Gore felt.
"All had become irrelevant trash to be thrown away within a few hours of my landing in New York," he wrote. "As for your photograph, I weep when I look at it."
Later that year Kennedy married Green shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
"If ever I can find some healing and some comfort it has to be with someone who is not part of all my world of past and pain," she wrote to him a 1968 letter on stationery from Onassis' yacht.
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However, they remained close, with Ormsby-Gore serving as a pallbearer at Robert Kennedy's funeral. In 1968, Ormsby-Gore married Pamela Collin. Kennedy attended his funeral in 1985 after he died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
The letters are up for auction and are expected to bring in almost $190,000. The money will be used to restore the family's home.
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