Princess Diana’s will contained a tear jerking request for when Prince Harry turned 30, the Daily Mirror have reported.The Princess of Wales had written a number of requests to be carried out in the event of her untimely death – which ultimately happened in a car crash in Paris in 1997.Included in that document, originally signed by Diana on June 1, 1993 and later amended in 1996, just the year before she died, was a request about what should be gifted to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
She named her mother, Frances Ruth Shand Kydd, and sister Lady Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia McCorquodale, as co-executors and trustees.Diana requested almost all her possessions be divided between William and Harry. The rest were distributed among her 17 godchildren, while £50,000 was given to her butler Paul Burrell.According to reports, Diana wanted the bulk of her estate to be placed in a trust, which she requested William and Harry have access to when they turned 25.However, Diana’s mother and sister were allowed by the court to change a few details of her will after her death.Instead of the princes getting their share at the age of 25, it was changed to when they reached the age of 30.
The items included Diana’s iconic 1981 wedding dress which was to be gifted to the pair when Harry marked his 30th birthday.William received Diana’s engagement ring, which he later proposed to Kate Middleton with.And the dress – made up of thousands of pearls, layers of silk and a 25ft train – was returned to her sons in 2014 after a global tour.
The treasured family heirloom was transferred into the princes’ possession along with other cherished personal items.It had previously been looked after by her brother Earl Spencer and had been the centrepiece of an exhibition, which has raised money for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
It was also shown at the Cincinnati Museum Center in the United States for six months.The dress, by designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, caused a sensation at the time when Diana wore it at her wedding to Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral.Mr Emanuel said in 2014: “That gown has earned its keep. It has been around the globe many, many times. I think more people abroad have seen it than British people.“What’s extraordinary is, after so many years, people are still talking about it.”