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Friday, February 27, 1998 Published at 06:38 GMT


Diana's godchildren to benefit from will change
image: [ Each godchild will be able to choose a personal item belonging to the Princess ]
Each godchild will be able to choose a personal item belonging to the Princess

The 17 godchildren of Diana, Princess of Wales will all benefit from her £21m will after recent changes by the will's executors, according to newspaper reports.

The will, due to be published next week, is thought to give three-quarters of her estate to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Sun newspaper reports that each one of the godchildren - who are aged from 16 to 2 years - will be able to choose a personal item which had belonged to the Princess.

It says the original will, made six years ago, has been changed with a "posthumous amendment" to reflect her "love and care" for the godchildren.

The godchildren come from a variety of backgrounds and include the children of friends such as two-year-old Domenica Lawson and royalty such as Prince Philippos, the 11-year-old son of ex-King Constantine of Greece.

Diana's mother Francis Shand Kydd and sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale are executors of the estate.

The bulk of the estate comes from the Princess's divorce settlement, with the remainder from investments and her personal fortune.

Her butler, Paul Burrell, is expected to receive £50,000 made at the bequest of the Spencer family.

The Princess's children have already chosen personal items and family possessions which they will keep.

Diana memorial concert

The details of a celebrity concert in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales will be released on Friday.

The Spencer family will announce the line-up for the concert which is to be staged in the grounds of Althorp Park in Northamptonshire, where the Princess is buried on a small island in an ornamental lake.

Sir Cliff Richard, Chris de Burgh and opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa are among those expected to take part.

But Sir Elton John - who sang a rewritten version of Candle In the Wind at the princess's funeral - is not expected to be there because of concert commitments elsewhere.

Fifteen-thousand tickets will be available for the open-air event in the deer park on the estate on Saturday June 27 - four days before what would have been the princess's 37th birthday.

They will go on sale from 10am on February 28.

Profits from the concert are to be donated to the Diana Memorial Fund.

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