Ex-Lawyer: Diana Predicted Queen's Abdication

Princess said she and Charles would be 'skipped over'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 3:49 PM CST
Britain's Prince Charles kisses his bride, the former Diana Spencer, in this July 29, 1981 file photo, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after their wedding. (AP Photo)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Princess Diana believed Queen Elizabeth would abdicate in 1996, and that Prince Charles should succeed her on the throne but wouldn't, the BBC reports. Divorce lawyer Maggie Rae testified today that Diana confided in her in October 1995, predicting that Prince William would be picked over Charles. She also said she believed plans were in place to neutralize her by fashioning an accident in which she was seriously injured.

Rae said "yes" when Mohamed al Fayed's lawyer asked whether "people were just not listening or taking her seriously" about her fears of a plot, and a fellow lawyer said the princess was "deadly serious" about them. She described Di’s life at the time as lonely, consisting primarily of microwaving meals in her enormous, silent Kensington Palace apartment .