Diana ‘ordered’ to divorce by the Queen

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VANCOUVER - MAY 03: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a white Murray Arbeid dress and Queen Mary;s diamond and pearl tiara, attend a dinner on May 03, 1986 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Diana ‘ordered’ to divorce by the Queen

When Diana and Prince Charles officially divorced in 1996, they’d already been separated for four years.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

And according to the late Princess of Wales’ former butler, it would have remained like that had the Queen not intervened and ordered the couple to formally divorce.

Diana apparently wanted to remain separated and not divorce Charles.

Speaking at an event on the Gold Coast yesterday, Paul Burrell claims that Queen Elizabeth sent Diana an uncharacteristically cold letter instructing her to divorce her son.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“It is a myth the princess wanted a divorce,” Burrell says, according to 9Honey, “She didn’t want a divorce, she wanted a separation.”

He recounts that one day, “The princess called me up to her room and she said, ‘You should see this. Look at this’.

The Queen supposedly wrote a letter ordering Diana to divorce. Photo: Getty

“And it was a letter with the royal crest of Windsor Castle… It was in the Queen’s hand and her writing was: ‘I have consulted with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the Prime Minister and, of course, with Charles and we have decided that the best course for you is divorce’.”

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Diana’s reaction, he says, was “That’s rich! They get to decide whether I divorce”, and from that moment she felt as though her fate was out of her hands.

While on the surface there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between a separation and a divorce, the mum-of-two was trying to avoid the latter for the sake of her children after her parents divorced when she was very young.

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Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

There was also the matter of her royal title, which she fought to keep during her divorce proceedings because having it taken away would mean she would lose all formal connection with the royal family, and would have to curtsy to her ex-husband and sons.

Source: nz news yahoo com

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