The Diana Museum, at her former ancestral home Althorp, was opened by Diana’s brother the 8th Earl Spencer shortly after her death in 1997. Today, the Daily Telegraph’s Mandrake discovered that the museum is to be closed by the Earl Spencer and its exhibits and former possessions of Diana, Princess of Wales are to be given to Prince William and Prince Harry.
The museum is set to close in August 2014, a spokesman confirmed. The items, including 28 of Diana’s dresses, two tiaras and other jewellery.
Lord Spencer says Diana’s will stated that her belongings were to be looked after by him until both Prince William & Prince Harry turned 30, at which point the contents would transfer into their possession. Prince Harry will be 30 in September next year.
This now makes way for a possible exhibition of Diana’s former possessions at Kensington Palace, where Diana lived until her death in August 1997. Her two sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will want to encourage a positive memory of their late mother so may well decide to set up their own exhibition to Diana.
Earl Spencer describes the Diana museum, which he opened at Althorp House on what would have been her 37th birthday in 1998, as “universally acclaimed”.
Diana is buried on an island at Althorp where visitors can come and see her final resting place.