PRINCESS DIANA and Prince Charles’s acrimonious 1996 divorce made headlines, and the decision to strip Diana of her HRH title proved contentious – and a royal biographer reveals how Prince William reacted to the news.
“The only contentious issue was what she should be called.
“She was stripped of the title Her Royal Highness.”
She continues: “[Diana] asked Prince William if he minded her losing her royal status.”
According to Ms Junor, the 14-year-old Prince William replied: “I don’t mind what you’re called – you’re Mummy.”
Ms Junor also states that the decision “was not what the prince wanted, but it was not in his gift; it was a decision for the Queen.”
She concludes: “It made little practical difference, but in public relations terms it was a blunder.”
There is some disagreement among royal experts about the HRH title and whether the Queen was willing to let Diana keep the honorific
Paul Burrell, in his 2001 book “A Royal Duty”, write that the Queen was happy for Diana to keep the HRH title, but the Prince of Wales was “adamant” that she give it up.
However author Tina Brown, in her 2007 book ”The Diana Chronicles”, states: “The Queen was never going to let Diana keep the title.”
She adds: “It was for the same reason the Queen Mother had been adamant about Wallis Simpson.
“Who knew where Diana’s private life might take her in her second act and what kind of unforeseen difficulties might be caused by some ghastly second husband?”
Mr Burrell also recounts how William gave his mother the promise to restore her honorific.
According to the former royal butler, Prince William said: “Don’t worry Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am king.””
Diana retained the use of the Princess of Wales, and under the divorce terms was allowed to use the title Princess unless she re-married.
Sarah Ferguson, who went through her own royal divorce that year, was also stripped of her HRH title, becoming known as Sarah, Duchess of York.
Source: express co uk