Princess Diana Will To Be Published
LONDON (AP) _ Princess Diana’s last will and testament will be no more private than her life was, with the document expected to be published next week and copies made available to the public.
Royal wills can be sealed, but Martyn Gowar of the law firm Lawrence Graham, which is handling Diana’s estimated $34 million estate, said today the firm did not ask that her will be kept private.
``It’s not going to be a private document as it could have been,″ he said.
Diana’s family, recognizing the depth of public feeling about her death, have been very responsive to people’s desire for information. The lawyers said today they hoped the will would be published next week.
Wills are usually open to public view once they are probated. People will be able to buy copies of Diana’s will at Somerset House, the London center for government records.
Most of Diana’s estate is her reported $27.9 million divorce settlement from Prince Charles. Newspapers published ``leaked″ details of the will Friday, indicating that three-quarters of her fortune would go to her sons and that she had divided it evenly between them.
Earlier reports had speculated that the will would favor Prince Harry, 13, because 15-year old Prince William, as the heir to the throne, 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 include, news reports said.
One of those additions reportedly leaves $82,000 to Paul Burrell, her butler, aide and loyal confidant. Also included, the newspapers say, are Diana’s 17 godchildren, who will be allowed to choose personal possessions as mementos.
The Times newspaper reported that William and Harry would inherit the stake in Spencer House that Diana shared with her sisters, mother and brother. The 18th-century house overlooking London’s Green Park was once the Spencer family home in the capital, but is now leased as a museum and art gallery.
The Times said the executors won court approval for changes to the will allowing the princes to receive money from it before they are 25.