DIG UP DIANA!

Cal­i­for­nia gal wants DNA to prove she’s princess' aunt

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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,

Eve­lyn.

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

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