Queen Elizabeth ordered her dearest son, Charles to divorce Diana. Rather than maintaining a marital separation, she opted for divorce.
Paul Burrell served as a personal attendant to Queen Elizabeth then butler and latterly personal assistant to Diana.
He said: “It is a myth that the Princess wanted a divorce. She never wanted a divorce, but just a separation. Princess Diana showed me a letter one day which was sent by The Queen. It was a letter from the Royal crest of Windsor Castle”.
“It was very obvious to make out that was from the Queen. It was in the Queen’s hand and her writing was shocking.
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It said: ‘I have consulted with the Archbishop of Canterbury also with the prime minister and, of course, with Charles, and we have decided that the best course for you is divorce'”.
Princess Diana’s response was: “That’s rich! They get to decide whether I divorce”.
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The Royal couple then eventually divorced in 1996, following four years of marriage separation. One major issue which arises in the divorce process was Diana’s right to maintain the Royal title: Princess of Wales.
Without it, she would lose any connection to The British Royal Family and would have to curtsy to her ex-husband and her own sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
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Well, Princess Diana, who died in 1997 kept all her rights to the Royal title and to her apartments at Kensington Palace. But, relinquished the title of Her Royal Highness and any future claim to the British throne.
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