SIR JOHN MAJOR was appointed as the “special guardian” to both Prince William and Prince Harry following their mother’s tragic death, unearthed reports have revealed.
Sir John was the leader of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher stepped down, and reportedly developed a close relationship with the Queen during their compulsory weekly meetings. He made the New Year Honours list in 1999 for his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and in 2005, he was knighted. When tragedy struck the Royal Family in August 1997 and Princess Diana died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris, Sir John was no longer in Downing Street.
Yet, Sir John had made such an impression on the Royal Family that he was selected for a special role overseeing the young princes, William and Harry.
In her 2018 biography, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, biographer Angela Levin said: “The only political figure attending Harrys wedding was former Prime Minister Sir John Major, who had been appointed ‘special guardian’ to both William and Harry shortly after the death of their mother.”
As special guardian, Sir John was responsible for the legal and administrative matters relating to William and Harry and The Mirror reported last year that this was the appointment was at the suggestion of Prince Charles.
In November 1997, shortly after Diana’s death, the Herald Scotland reported how Sir John took action to protect the princes, and went “to apply in the High Court for extra powers to protect their interests”.
Sir John Major and Prince Harry and Prince William (Image: Getty)
Sir John with Harry and William (Image: Getty)
The reporter explained: “Lawyers for Mr Major will go to court before Christmas to seek powers to protect the princes’ financial interest in souvenirs and memorabilia related to their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
“The application would deal with circumstances which could not have been foreseen, to ensure the appropriate trusts and powers to benefit the princes were conferred.
“This is understood to refer to the extra value on anything bearing Diana’s image, signature own name after her death in a car crash in Paris, and to ensure that appropriate trusts and powers to benefit the princes were conferred.
“The princes are entitled to all the income form the exploitation of Diana’s trademark but they are giving it to the memorial fund.”
Sir John was the only senior politician invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding (Image: Getty)
“So what is effectively happening is that John Major, as their guardian, is seeking the court’s official approval to pass the trademark rights from the princes on to the memorial fund.
“John Major needs to get the court’s sanctions to approve the move because he is giving money away from minors.”
Sir John was the only Prime Minister invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding last year as well.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, and then Prime Minister Theresa May were also left off the list, as were other senior politicians.
Prince Charles reportedly suggested Sir John should take up ‘special guardian’ role (Image: Getty)
Sir John with the Queen (Image: Getty)
In comparison, William and Kate had to invite heads of state and politicians to their wedding because William will one day be King.
Kensington Palace sources stressed in the run up to the wedding that those at the ceremony would be picked “due to their relationship with the couple rather than the positions they hold”.
The Mirror also commented in an article published over the summer: “Major was well liked by the Royal Family as he has shown a deep care for Princes William and Harry.”
Sir John even defended the younger generation of the Royal Family when scandal arose.
Princess Diana with her sons (Image: Getty)
In 2012, Kate Middleton was photographed topless while on holiday. She and William decided to pursue legal action in an attempt to prevent the publication of the images.
Sir John then spoke on the Andrew Marr Show in support of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s actions.
The former Prime Minister said: “I think it is absolutely right so that people in the future know where the boundaries are.”
He said the photographers who took the photos were “peeping toms”, and the images were ”very distasteful”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK