DIG UP DIANA!
California gal wants DNA to prove she’s princess' aunt
A CALIFORNIA granny believes she’s Princess Diana’s aunt — and wants to dig up royal DNA to prove it!
Ann Ukrainetz, 75, says she’s the love child of Di’s grandfather, Maurice Burke
Roche, who was the
4th Baron Fermoy and carried on a passionate affair with her mother,
The grandmother of seven grew up in rural England believing she was the child of timber company foreman Charles Rudderforth.
She discovered the truth about her parentage in 1999 — four years after her mother’s death.
That’s when Ann found a confession letter from her mother that read in part: “Charlie was not your biological father. I fell in love with Lord Fermoy and we had you as a result. He was married and I was just a commoner.
“There was nothing we could do. We stayed in close touch and he loved you very much.”
Her family was of modest means, but always had money, which Ann believes came from her biological father.
She attended events at the royal family’s home, Sandringham, and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. Her enchanted childhood ended when Maurice died in 1955 and the family moved to Canada.
After marrying, Ann settled in California and now lives in Escondido.
She’s launched a legal bid to exhume the remains of Maurice’s twin brother, Francis, who’s buried in New York. Ann wants to compare his DNA to hers to prove she’s Diana’s aunt.
“Ultimately, this will give me the answers I’ve been looking for,” she says.
U.K.-born Ann Ukrainetz
Maurice Burke Roche