Controversy and drama continue to surround Princess Diana, even so many years after her death, as a fight has broken out over ownership of a collection of her beautiful and historical dresses.
Maureen Rorech Dunkel bought 13 of Princess Diana's dresses for $700,000 just a few weeks before her unexpected death back in 1997, and now the fate of 5 of those dresses is in dispute. It's all very tangled and twisted but apparently Dunkel had some financial difficulties and took out a series of loans -- to the tune of $1.5 million -- from HRH Ventures LLC and used the dress collection as security. Dunkel has since defaulted on payment and recently filed for bankruptcy, but Patricia C. Sullivan (manager for HRH Ventures) is seeking ownership of 5 of the 13 dresses claiming Dunkel doesn't have the resources to properly care for and maintain such irreplaceable valuables. Among the 5 is a blue velvet dress valued at over $1 million that the Princess wore to a White House dinner and was photographed in dancing with John Travolta. Dunkel, who is also known for founding The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, is claiming the loans aren't supposed to mature until 2012.
As of right now all the dresses are on loan to Kensington Palace in London.