Sunday, December 11, 2022

Princess Diana's Divorce Settlement

From Bustle:

By the end of The Crown Season 5, Prince Charles and Princess Diana are officially divorced, after spending years in an unhappy marriage. Episode 9 dramatizes the negotiation of their divorce settlement, and portrays the process fairly accurately.

In the series, as in real life, the couple’s path to divorce was sped up after Diana’s infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir (an interview that was solicited unethically, with Bashir falsifying documents to convince Diana to speak out). In that televised interview, Diana spoke about her and Charles’ infidelities, and her issues with the royal family. The interview prompted the Queen change her mind about approving Charles and Diana’s divorce — and she reportedly did write them a letter consenting to their legal split, as on the show. At that point, in 1996, scandal after scandal plagued their marriage and all parties involved agreed that it was time to dissolve the marriage.

But it was not going to be easy. On the show, the two go back and forth about a lump sum that Diana wanted to secure her future with, and about whether or not she could maintain her titles, residencies, or even custody of her children. The Crown leaves it a little unclear where the two landed exactly, but we do know some of the terms of the couple’s real divorce settlement. Here’s what’s been confirmed.

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