UK/Various-Queen Orders Charles & Diana To Divorce
Date: 25/12/1995 05:00 AM
STORY: ROYAL DIVORCE
LOCATION: UK AND VARIOUS
DATE: 21 DECEMBER AND FILE
Queen orders Charles and Diana to end marriage
The Princess of Wales on Wednesday (21/12) appeared to be digging
in her heels over the Queen's demand that she and Prince Charles
seek an early divorce. While Prince Charles quickly agreed to his
mother's dramatic request, which was conveyed to the estranged
couple in letters earlier in the week, Diana has indicated that
she will not reply to the divorce plea until the New Year, because
her lawyers are on holiday. Close friends were saying that she was
"devastated that such private arrangements have been made public."
In her controversial interview on the BBC's Panorama programme
last month, Diana said: "I don't want a divorce, but obviously we
need clarity. I await my husband's decision." Now the Queen has
effectively made that decision, judging that the British public
have had enough of the public bickering and points-scoring.
(LONDON, UK 21/12)
Princess Diana leaves Kensington Palace in car. Kensington Palace.
Prince Charles in car in Cheltenham. WS newspaper headlines. CU
headline. "Letter expresses frustration over public sniping." Lord
St John of Fawsley, constitutional expert SOT: "I think now Her
Majesty has seen that the sparring will go on and that the lesser
of the two evils is now for a divorce to take place and I think
her judgment is impeccable. As always she's got the mood of the
people right; she's got the measure of the situation right."
(FILE: JULY 1981)
WS Diana and Charles at wedding. CU Queen at wedding. MS Charles and Diana.
WS audience sitting. MS Charles and Queen on stage. Audience listening.
CU divorce court. CU books in window. WS divorce court.