August 28, 1996: Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce

Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce

1996 – The calamitous marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, launched amidst pomp and pageantry 15 years ago, ended with a rubber-stamp divorce in the back office of a London court. Neither Charles nor Diana were present at the court when the “quickie” divorce, granted on the grounds that they had been separated for two years, was approved. A clerk from Charles’ lawyers delivered the divorce application and a cheque for £20 by hand, eluding scores of reporters and photographers waiting outside the court. Diana, who was photographed crying on the day the first stage of the divorce was granted six weeks ago, attended a lunch at the English National Ballet, one of the few charities she still patronises, two hours after the divorce was granted.

She was wearing her diamond and sapphire engagement ring. The divorce has left Diana a wealthy woman, with a financial settlement estimated at £17 million. She will continue to use London’s Kensington Palace as her home. But she has been stripped of the title “Her Royal Highness.”

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