News that the Queen made a claim on Princess Diana's life insurance policy to bring her body home from France was greeted with intense glee in some sections of the tabloid press last weekend.
Rumours of a right Royarumpus between Prince Charles and the Queen over who should foot the bil for bringing the late Princess home were joyfully combined with an analysis of the funding of Royatraveand accounting procedures.
The story claimed that Prince Charles' office tried to stop the claim when it was seen, but the Queen over-ruled and ordered courtiers to press ahead with the paperwork.
And what would the reaction have been had Her Majesty ignored the policy and allowed the Government to pick up the tabNULL
“Queen makes taxpayer pay to bring Di home”, of course. Oh the joys of having it both ways.