Heartbroken Princess Diana waited on the doorstep for her mother to return home after her parents divorced, but she never came, her brother Charles Spencer reveals
- Earl Spencer, 55, who lives at Althorp House, spoke about her childhood today
- As a child, Princess Diana waited on her doorstep for her mother to return
- Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, left her father, John Spencer, in 1969
- She moved out of the family home when the princess was only seven years old
A heartbroken Princess Diana waited on the doorstep for her mother to return home after her parents' divorce, her brother Earl Spencer revealed.
Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd, who died in 2004 at the age of 68, left her father John Spencer in 1969 for wallpaper tycoon Peter Shand Kydd.
She moved out of the family home when the princess was only seven years old – after losing a bitter custody battle for her four children. Diana and her mother had a rocky relationship and did not speak to each other before she passed away in 1997.
But Diana's younger brother Charles Spencer, 56, who lives at Althorp House, his family home in the Northamptonshire countryside, told the Sunday Times how his siblings would wait in vain for their mother to return.
A broken-hearted Princess Diana (pictured with her mother in 1989) "waited on her doorstep for her mother to return after her parents divorced," as her brother Earl Spencer revealed
"As she was packing her things to leave, she promised Diana that she would come back to see her. Diana was waiting for her on the doorstep, but she never came," he recalled.
Charles stated, "Our father was a calm, constant source of love, but our mother wasn't fit for motherhood … she couldn't do it. She was in love with someone else, really in love."
The father of seven, Earl Spencer, who is married to third wife Karen, 47, a Canadian philanthropist with whom he has an eight-year-old daughter, said he had an "emotionally broken childhood" after his mother left when he was just two.
He admitted that he has been in and out of therapy for 20 years, working on his unhappy childhood when he and Diana were "together a lot".
Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd, who died in 2004 at the age of 68, left her father John Spencer for wallpaper tycoon Peter Shand Kydd. Pictured: Charles Spencer
Charles added that for me as a child, Althorp was a "cold and scary place" and that neither his grandfather nor his father were happy there.
Frances, then 18, and 8th Earl Spencer Johnnie, 30, married in 1954 before divorcing in 1969.
Diana's mother lived in Scotland with her new husband after losing a custody battle over their children in which she was referred to as "the bolter".
Frances openly pondered their marriage in a 1997 magazine interview, saying, "While I believe that remorse and regret are desperately needed when we others and ourselves have failed, I think repeated apologies are a form of self-pity."
His comments come after speaking about Princess Diana's death during an appearance on Radio 4 yesterday.
It comes after speaking on Radio 4 yesterday of his grief, saying he was "handcuffed" each year before the death of the late King (pictured alongside Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Princess Diana's funeral).
Charles said he was "always surprised at how difficult" the anniversary of her death remains when he revealed he continues to "go on his knees".
He said, “I am always amazed at how difficult August 31st every year actually is. I always prepare myself for it easily and it brings me to my knees. It is a very moving time. & # 39;
In the meantime, he continued, “I row to the island and spend time there. It's very strange when you lose someone close to you. & # 39;
He added, "In every family there are holes that cannot be filled."
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