Princess Diana Will To Be Published
LONDON (AP) _ Princess Diana’s will bequeathing her multimillion-dollar estate is to be made public, and the curious will be able to buy a copy.
``It’s not going to be a private document, as it could have been,″ said lawyer Martyn Gowar, whose firm Lawrence Graham is handling the will and expects it to be published next week.
While royal wills can be sealed, Diana’s lawyers did not request it.
Wills for most other people are open to public view and anyone can go to the record office and get a copy for a minimal charge.
Diana’s family, recognizing the depth of public feeling about her Aug. 31 death in a Paris car crash, has been very responsive to people’s desire for information.
Diana’s estate has been estimated at $34 million, most of which is the reported $27 million divorce settlement from Prince Charles.
Newspapers published what they said were details of the will Friday, indicating that three-quarters of Diana’s fortune would go to her two sons and that she had divided it evenly between them.
British media had previously speculated the will would favor younger son Prince Harry, 13, because 15-year-old Prince William will eventually have an independent income as Prince of Wales.
The will was reported to be quite basic, and Diana’s family is believed to have amended it to recognize people whom they think she would have wished to remember.
One of those additions reportedly leaves $82,000 to Paul Burrell, her butler, aide and loyal confidant. The newspapers said Diana’s 17 godchildren also were added and would be allowed to choose among her personal possessions as mementos.
The Times of London reported that William and Harry would inherit the stake in Spencer House that Diana shared with her sisters, mother and brother. The 18th-century London house was once the Spencer family home in the capital, but is now leased as a museum and art gallery.
In the town of Northampton, near the Spencer family’s Althorp Park country estate 50 miles north of London, people stood in line for hours Saturday to buy tickets to a June 27 charity concert at Althorp.
By the time the tickets _ at about $65 each _ went on sale, the line was out the door and up the road, a theater spokesman said.
The Ticketmaster agency, which is selling most of the 15,000 tickets, said half its allocation was gone within an hour.
Profits from the concert, mixing pop and classical music, will go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.