Divorce settlements, even those involving royals, are always compromises where one gains a few advantages while at the same time giving up a few things in return. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana had to divorce at Queen Elizabeth II’s insistence, Diana had to let go of a few things and royal privileges.

Charity Work

While she did not totally cease doing her work for charitable causes, the number of charity commitments that the Princess of Wales supported was greatly reduced after she divorced Prince Charles. She supported more than 100 charities during her marriage, but it was reduced to just six afterward.


Princess Diana was close friends with famous Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, as well as with English singer and songwriter Elton John. However, pressure from her divorce put a strain on their friendship. And in early 1997, Diana had a falling out with the two, who were co-authors of the book “Rock And Royalty.”

The book contains photos of Diana and her young sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as various semi-nude photos of male models. Elton John later reconciled with Diana as the mourned for their mutual friend, Gianni Versace, when he was killed in July that year.

Her Former Office

After the divorce was finalized, she lost her original office, which was located at St. James’s Palace. It was probably for the best since her ex-husband also holds office in the same building. She was, however, allowed to open a new office in Kensington Palace.

Police Protection

When she was still married to Prince Charles, Diana’s personal safety was a concern for the monarchy. Thus, she was provided with police security everywhere she went. However, that changed after her divorce as she only had police protection when attending public events.

The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara

Queen Elizabeth II gave Princess Diana the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara as a wedding present. It was reportedly Lady Di’s favorite piece of jewelry.

Unfortunately, the same tiara had to be returned when she divorced Prince Charles. But if she were alive today, she wouldn’t feel too bad about giving up the tiara as it is now being worn by Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton.

Her HRH Title

Perhaps the biggest thing that Princess Diana had to let go was her HRH title. It was reported that Queen Elizabeth II was okay with Diana retaining the HRH, but it was Prince Charles who insisted otherwise.

It was emotionally devastating for Diana, who fought to retain the title. Because of its removal, she was required to curtsy when meeting other royals, such as her former husband and her sons.

Princess Diana Princess Diana Memorabilia - The Princess Looks Radiant In Her Formal Wedding Portrait, July 1981. Joe Haupt/Flickr