Princess Diana wanted the British monarchy to “skip a generation” and make her son William king - instead of Prince Charles, her ex-husband and heir to the throne.
Maggie Rae, the princess’ divorce lawyer, said Diana told her in the mid 1990s that she believed Queen Elizabeth II would abdicate in 1996.
Rae told the inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi al-Fayed in London that the princess felt she was up against a “big machine” during her divorce proceedings from Prince Charles, and had frequently expressed fears for her life.
Later Tuesday, Paul Burrell, Diana’s former butler, was due to be cross-examined by lawyers at the inquest.
Burrell said during evidence Monday that Diana had planned to marry Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, and that her relationship with Dodi al-Fayed, the Harrod’s heir, had not been serious.
Diana and Dodi died in a car crash in Paris Aug 31, 1997.