Diana’s net worth was $25 million before her death in 1997, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The majority of the money she left behind came from a settlement she received following her divorce from the Princes of Wales.
When Lady Diana began dating Charles, Prince of Wales, she became an international star. Diana Spencer was born into the Spencer family, a prominent British aristocratic family with long ties to the Royal family.
According to Readers Digest, Diana earned an estimated $22.5 million, plus an additional $60,000 to equip her private office. She also received stock, jewelry, and other personal belongings as part of the divorce deal.
Diana got deeply active with a number of charitable organizations, most notably leprosy and AIDS groups. She was soon active with over a hundred different charities.
However, at the age of 36, she was killed in an automobile accident in Paris, France. The collision killed Diana, her reported boyfriend, Egyptian millionaire Emad “Dodi” Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul.
A French inquiry determined that Paul was drunk at the time of the accident, while a British inquiry determined that he was driving carelessly with photographers in hot pursuit.
Her money was invested in the names of her children after she died. Her two boys began receiving their mother’s inheritance at the age of 25 and were completely paid at the age of 30. According to Forbes, Prince William and Prince Harry each received $9 million from their mother. The Sun said that by the time the two princes had received their whole inheritance, the total had risen to $13.9 million.
As a tribute to the late Princess, Elton John sang “Candle in the Wind”. Since her death, she has been remembered fondly, with “TIME” Magazine calling her one of the most influential individuals of the twentieth century. She was voted third among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC survey in 2002, far ahead of the Queen.
Prince Harry said in his and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey that the money left by his mother enabled him and his family to go to California after cutting relations with the royal family.
Princess Diana’s 1981 Ford Escort goes up for auction
After 20 years of being covertly driven by a royal admirer, the Ford Escort automobile that Prince Charles presented to Princess Diana as an engagement present has been rediscovered.
Tina Kirkpatrick was a lover of Diana, Princess of Wales, but she never revealed that her ‘little runaround’ was once hers.
After the current owner kept the car’s origins a secret for 20 years, the engagement present is up for sale.
When it is auctioned at Reeman Dansie’s Royalty, Antiques and Fine Art Sale in June, the exquisite automobile is expected to bring between £30,000 and £40,000.
It has its original registration WEV 297W, 83,000 kilometers on the clock, and the paintwork and upholstery are still in good condition.
Diana used to drive the 1980 automobile to see Charles during their engagement, and she was frequently pictured in it at occasions like polo matches, but she stopped driving it as soon as she gave birth to Prince William in 1982.
Diana’s elder sister, Lady Sarah Spencer, sent her a silver frog vehicle mascot to place to the Escort’s bonnet shortly after she took possession of it.
An antiquities trader later purchased it for £6,000.
The current owner is said to be a “great admirer” of Princess Diana. According to the auctioneers, she kept the car’s Royal connection a secret from her friends for more than 20 years, and it had essentially vanished from public view.
She now plans to auction it through Essex auctioneers Reeman Dansie for an estimated £40,000.
“Of course I knew when I bought it that it once belonged to Princess Diana, that is why I wanted it. I was a big fan of hers,” Mrs Kirkpatrick, who is in her fifties, said.
“I have driven it around as a second car ever since. A lot of people ask me why I had it and I used to tell them that it was my first car I passed my test in and that I was attached to it.
“I felt that its history and provenance were so unique and I didn’t want many people knowing.
“I have maintained it and had it regularly serviced and kept it in my garage. It is an excellent little runner and has always been reliable.
“I have had it for 20 years and now feel the time is right to sell it on.”
Lewis Rabett, of Reeman Dansie, said: “Obviously it is a humble Ford Escort but who its first owner was takes this car to a whole other level.
“The vendor has been very coy about the true history of the car.
“She didn’t let on that it used to be Princess Diana’s car. I think she quite liked the fact that she was the only one who knew about it.
“The car has spent most of its life in a garage and is in very good condition for a car of that age and is in full working order.
“Diana didn’t have it for very long and when she got rid of it she kept the frog mascot. The one on the bonnet of the car now is a copy.”
‘As Ford Escorts go this is a Ghia and was top spec for its time with wooden trims on the doors and velour seats.
‘There are a lot of people who collect Diana memorabilia, a name that has endured. There are also people who collect classic cars and this is the ultimate conversation piece for any garage.’
The auction house validated the Royal pedigree based on the vehicle’s history file, registration number, and several images of Princess Diana in the vehicle, according to a spokesman for the auction business.