Kate’s Inheritance From Princess Diana

I was looking around on the Internet for more information on Princess Diana’s jewelry (I love her collection as much as I love Kate’s) and I found an interesting article about the jewelry she left behind.

According to The Telegraph, Diana left a will bequeathing her jewelry to the wives of her sons.

“Diana, Princess of Wales wrote a special “letter of wishes” to add to her will, leaving her two sons all her jewellery so that their future wives could wear it, a court heard yesterday.

However, one of the executors of her will was unaware of the letter’s existence until questioned about it at the Old Bailey.

The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, and Dean of the Chapels Royal, was appointed as an independent executor of the will at her family’s request after the Princess’s death, the jury trying her former butler Paul Burrell heard.

Under cross examination, the bishop admitted that he had never seen the “letter of wishes”, in which the Princess requested that her £21 million estate be split between her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, and her 17 godchildren.

Lord Carlile, QC, for the defence, read out the relevant letter, attached to the will. In it the Princess wrote: “I would like you to divide my personal chattels at your discretion between my sons and godchildren, the division being three quarters to my sons and one quarter to my godchildren.

But I would like you to allocate all my jewellery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewellery to your discretion.”

Kate has of course received Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring and the similar-looking pair of earrings. 

I am very curious to know what else she will wear from Diana’s collection. Diana had many traditional pieces, lots of pearls, dangly diamonds and chunky gold earrings. Kate’s taste in jewelry is much different from her mother-in-law’s, but I think there are pieces in that vault she would be willing to wear.

The full article can be found here. 


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