Reading of wills now a click away

THE will of Diana, Princess of Wales is among 41 million now available to order at the click of a button.

Diana’s final wishes for the disposal of her £21,468,352 estate, including her bequest of £50,000 to butler Paul Burrell, are among the vast collection of documents whose contents shed light on the stories of millions.

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All the wills were already publicly available – with the exception of the Royal Family’s – but can now be ordered much more easily, according to data chiefs.

Qadir Ahmed runs the secure Iron Mountain facility in a leafy suburb of Birmingham where row upon row of the documents are kept in temperature-controlled storage.

He said the wills are a fascinating snapshot into the personalities and characters of people from every walk of life. For some, having a copy of a will is a matter of sentimentality, whereas others are ordered out of “pure curiosity”, he said.