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EARL SPENCER announced he is to transform Princess Diana's family home into an exclusive hotel, charging residents a record UKP6,000 a day.
The news follows the Queen's decision yesterday to rent out her Balmoral cottages for holiday homes. But the grand rooms at Althorp will be mainly used by corporate businesses that can afford to shell out large amounts. The money raised will go towards the upkeep of the Northamptonshire mansion and its 300-acre grounds.
The 37-year old Earl, who confines himself to just five rooms in the house, home to the Spencer family for 500 years, said much work is needed to be done to cater for customers needs. "Not all the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms which people expect nowadays," said the Earl.
However the move is likely to cause controversy, as some of the rooms are just a stone's throw from the island where Diana is buried. A spokesperson for Althorp said: "Obviously we do have strong concerns about how it might be perceived. We worry about attracting criticism that we would be charging for guests to come and sit at Diana's table."