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Saturday, November 29, 1997 Published at 11:28 GMT



UK

Diana trademark to be protected
image: [ Princes William and Harry inherited the right to use the image of their late mother ]
Princes William and Harry inherited the right to use the image of their late mother

The former Prime Minister, John Major, is to apply to the High Court for extra powers to protect the long-term financial interests of the Princes William and Harry.

Lawyers acting for Mr Major will go to court before Christmas to seek powers to control the sale of memorabilia related to their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.


[ image: The former Prime Minister, John Major, is looking after the Princes' financial interest]
The former Prime Minister, John Major, is looking after the Princes' financial interest
Mr Major is acting in his role as legal guardian of the two Princes. He is trying to ensure that Diana's sons and her favourite charities benefit from the extra value that has now been placed on Diana souvenirs, since the her death in Paris.

All images of the Princess and her name have been put under trademark in 172 countries. They are thought to be worth millions of pounds.

The Princes plan to give the income they receive from exploitation of the trademark to her memorial fund.


[ image: Thousands of flowers and tributes were left outside the royal palaces after the death of Diana]
Thousands of flowers and tributes were left outside the royal palaces after the death of Diana
The extra powers being sought will help prevent people who manufacture or sell unauthorised Diana memorabilia from profiting unduly from her death.

The three law firms which deal with the administration of the princes estate, Boodle Hatfield, Mishcon de Reya and Lawrence Graham, issued a joint statement:

"The application would deal with circumstances which could not have been foreseen: first, to ensure that appropriate additional trusts and powers for the benefit of Prince William and Prince Harry, whose interests are thereby protected, including powers to benefit charity, are conferred.

"Second, the executors would welcome further additional administrative powers to enable them to control and police the intellectual property rights now held by the estate."

The statement also said that lawyers Mishcon de Reya, who act for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, plan to stand down from also acting in general for the executors of the estate. This is intended to ensure that there is no conflict of interest in the future.








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