Sir James Munby has dismissed another attempt to unseal the will of the late Princess Margaret as “complete nonsense”.
The President of the Family Division has previously rejected a similar bid from the same woman. Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Sir James noted that the latest one included “a closely-spaced one page statement” and “a copy of a death certificate of a woman, who was born in 1904 and died in 1997” who the applicant claimed was her late aunt.
In the statement presented to Sir James, the applicant insisted she was “the last child of the late princess Margret [sic]” and “the heir to the throne of England”. She wrote that this was “why so much trouble has been taken to cover up [her] identity”.
The applicant alleged that the woman whose death certificate she had included was Princess Margaret’s older sister and had raised her. She went on to claim that when she was three years old, her royal mother had been “frightened by her own family member [sic] to give [her] up for adoption”.
Sir James Munby explained that the claims in this application were not possible as Princess Margaret’s mother, the late Queen Mother, was born in 1900. He said it was obvious that “a woman born in 1904 could not have been, as the applicant asserts, her mother’s elder sister” if her mother was indeed the late Princess.
The President of the Family Division had “no hesitation” in striking out the application and concluded that it was “a farrago of delusional nonsense”.
Read the judgment here.
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