What Did Princess Diana Have to Give Up After Her Divorce From Prince Charles?
Princess Diana dealt with affairs, scandal, and an all-around unhappy marriage for 11 long years. She and Prince Charles tied the knot in 1981, but separated in 1992 after their private phone calls with their lovers were leaked to the public.
They remained separated for four years, during which time Diana continued to wear her engagement ring “out of respect for her sons,” Prince William and Prince Harry. By 1996, Diana and Charles divorced, giving up her official spot in the royal family.
Here’s what she had to sacrifice in the divorce, as well as the royal perks she was still permitted to enjoy.
She had to give up her royal title
When Diana officially divorced from Charles, she was forced to give up her royal title. Queen Elizabeth II was actually willing to let Diana keep her royal highness status, according to PopSugar, but Charles was the one who insisted she drop it.
Instead, she was allowed to keep the title Diana, Princess of Wales. Her demoted title meant that she’d have to curtsy to anyone with an official royal title — including her own two sons. At the time, William reportedly comforted his mother by insisting, “Don’t worry, Mummy, I will give [your title] back to you one day when I am king.”
She was allowed to continue living at Kensington Palace
Luckily, Diana didn’t completely have to give up her life as a royal. She was allowed to continue living in apartment 8 inside of Kensington Palace. Now, the same apartment serves as a headquarters for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official duties and charitable work.
According to PopSugar, the renovated apartment’s spacious layout caters to meetings and entertainment purposes. It is conveniently situated across from apartment 1A, which stands as William and Kate Middleton’s official residence.
She still had access to some royal perks — with the queen’s permission
Diana was still able to travel like a royal after her divorce. As long as the queen gave her consent, Diana could use the family’s personal jets. She was also reportedly allowed “to use the state apartments at St. James’s Palace for entertaining.”
She had to give up one piece of jewelry
For the most part, Diana was able to keep all the jewelry she’d accumulated as a royal over the years. That is, with the exception of the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. Elizabeth gifted Diana with the stunning tiara as a wedding gift, but she’d only ever worn it once.
Elizabeth held onto the tiara, but she lent it to Middleton on two separate occasions in 2015 and 2016.
She was still regarded as a royal after the divorce
Even if Diana had to give up her official title and some other benefits of royalty, she was still considered a member of the royal family after the divorce. It was announced that she would “from time to time receive invitations to state and national public occasions.”
In 2007, Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household Baroness Butler-Sloss commented on Diana’s tragic death ten years prior: “I am satisfied that at her death, Diana Princess of Wales continued to be considered as a member of the Royal Household.”