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Lady Di's Last Will: How Diana's Sister And Mother Changed It In Favor Of Princes William And Harry

Date January 25, 2019 12:19

After the death of their mother, Princes William and Harry became very wealthy people, even despite being heirs to the British throne. Let us remind you that the painful divorce made Lady Diana very rich.

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Of course, they weren’t supposed to inherit the multi-million fortune at once, since they were children at that time. Diana also took care of her future daughters-in-law, leaving them her stunning collection of jewelry. By the way, you may remember that Kate Middleton faced some criticism because of the engagement ring of the late Princess.

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According to Diana's will, drawn up several years before the tragedy and slightly corrected shortly before it, her mother Mrs. Frances Kydd and her sister Sarah McCorquodale were appointed the executors and trustees. All her jewelry and three quarters of her chattels the Princess left to her sons and the rest (one quarter) to numerous godchildren.

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Upon each turning 25 years of age, William and Harry were to receive their share of Lady Diana’s fortune. She also didn’t forget about her butler Paul Burrell, charitable organizations, and even future grandchildren.

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However, several months after the funeral, Diana’s mother and sister went to court with a request to change certain portions of the will. As reported by Forbes, they proposed to raise the distribution age for the Princes to 30 years (although each was able to receive interest from the trust fund at the age of 25). Instead of distributing a quarter among the godchildren, the executors petitioned that they receive only one item each from Diana’s estate. Of course, the latter were outraged, because initially they were supposed to get much more.

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Lady Di's Last Will: How Diana's Sister And Mother Changed It In Favor Of Princes William And HarryGetty Images / Ideal Image

The court permitted the changes proposed by Kydd and McCorquodale. It is believed that the women were driven by good intentions: they wanted Diana’s sons to inherit all (or rather, almost all) of Diana's property, rather than three quarters. They also considered that 30 is a more mature age to manage such large sums of money wisely. Looking back, one can assume that Lady Di's mother and sister were right, since both Princes could have done quite reckless things in their youth.

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After Diana passed, her brother Earl Spencer looked after the exhibition commemorated to her. For 2 months every year, their family estate was open for people to admire 150 items that used to belong to the Princess. The rest of the time, the collection traveled around the world and was shown in museums and art galleries. The funds raised (admission fees, etc.) were transferred to a charitable fund established in honor of Lady Diana. In 2014, all the exhibits (clothing, kitchenware, photographs, paintings, jewelry, letters, and portraits) passed over to William and Harry.

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Diana's relatives acted in the interests of her sons, but the fact remains: the mother and sister changed her last will. What do you think, how did William and Harry react to this, and what would Lady Diana have said? Did the relatives have the moral right to change the will of the deceased?

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