Being a member of the Royal Family in England is celebrity status at its highest level. Nearly two decades after Princess Diana's tragic death, gossip columnists continue to speculate whether the fatal motor vehicle accident in which she was involved was truly an accident or result of foul play. The princess and her former husband, Charles, had recently secured a high asset divorce, which was headline news at the time. Even though most Missouri residents live far simpler lives, when it comes to divorce and marital property issues, many may relate to the former Princess of Wales' situation.
Diana and Charles were the first royal couple of Buckingham Palace ever to file for divorce. In Missouri, the court determines how all marital assets will be divided in such cases. Not so, apparently, at the English palace. In Diana's case, her mother-in-law (i.e. Queen of England) reportedly had much say in what possessions Diana would keep and where she would live.