Princess Charlotte, six, will have “the pick of the palace jewels” when she is older and two pieces in particular are already being looked at with her in mind, it is claimed. Princess Charlotte is tipped to inherit a “priceless” heirloom owned by Princess Diana instead of Lilibet, a report claims.
Six-year-old Charlotte will have “the pick of the palace jewels” once she’s old enough because her father Prince William is second in line to the throne and she is his only daughter, a source has said. A palace insider claims two pieces in particular are already being looked at with her in mind. One of these is said to be the Spencer Tiara, the very same crown worn by Lady Diana on the day of her wedding to Prince Charles on 29 July 1981.
The showstopping headpiece had been in the Spencer family for almost a century before the royal wedding, and had been worn at the weddings of her two older sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
The tiara was partly made out of a a wedding gift given in 1919 from Lady Sarah Spencer to Lady Cynthia Hamilton, Diana’s grandmother, for her marriage to Viscount Althorp. Other jewels belonging to the Spencer family were also used. Diana opted to use the Spencer family heirloom rather than borrow one from the Queen’s collection, as Meghan Markle did in 2018.
According to GoodToKnow, Palace sources say discussions are underway to secure the crown, which currently resides with Diana’s youngest brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, for Charlotte. A source claimed: “William is quite aware the earl has daughters of his own, but the two have agreed that Diana’s iconic piece belongs to her first granddaughter.”
Another royal insider told Australian magazine New Idea that Charlotte knows about the tiara through learning about her grandma Diana, and can’t wait to one day try it on. They said: ”Lotte knows all about her ‘Granny Diana’ – after all, Diana is one of her middle names. She’s also seen pictures of her wearing the tiara.”
Tradition dictates that brides wait until their wedding day before first wearing the piece, so Charlotte may have to wait awhile before she can try on the tiara. It comes as new research suggests Charlotte could become the richest member of the Royal Family when she grows up.
The study from Electric Ride on Cars suggests the princess will far exceed her older and younger brothers in her fortunes, potentially being worth as much as £3.6 billion, The Express reports. It is thought she has the potential to earn more than her brothers due to a so-called “Kate Middleton effect”. The phenomenon suggests fashion choices of The Royal Family can have a huge impact on fashion trends – which increases their worth.
It has been compared to style icon Diana, whose style choices influenced much of 1990s fashion. Prince George is thought to amass just under £2.2 billion, while little Prince Louis could be worth £721 million. Comparing other mini members of The Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie is estimated to be worth £21.6 million when he grows up.