The New Royal Watch: Waiting for Wills

Charles and Diana separate officially, but the announcement raises more problems than it solves

PRINCESS DIANA BROKE THE NEWS to her sons at Highgrove, the hated country house she visited for the last time to remove her possessions. Prince Charles sought out the boys at their boarding school to reassure them about his separation from their mother. Then, last Wednesday, British Prime Minister John Major announced the split in the House of Commons in a move timed to get the worst of the press coverage over with before the little princes' Christmas break.

The Prince and Princess of Wales acted wisely on behalf of their sons, because the media coverage was extraordinary. Every paper, broadsheet...

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