Princess Diana, the people’s princess, captivated the world with her grace, compassion, and relentless commitment to charitable causes. While much is known about Diana’s public persona and royal engagements, her personal life, especially her relationships with her siblings, remains a lesser-explored aspect.
Lady Sarah McCorquodale: The Eldest Sister
Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Diana’s oldest sister, has maintained a largely private life. Born in 1955, Sarah had her brush with royalty before Diana, having dated Prince Charles in the 1970s. Despite the end of their romantic relationship, Sarah played a pivotal role in introducing Diana to Prince Charles, setting the stage for one of the most talked-about royal marriages in history.
Post-Diana’s tragic death in 1997, Sarah has been a guardian of her sister’s legacy. She has involved herself in various charitable activities, echoing Diana’s commitment to helping others. Her life, though less in the public eye, reflects the grace and poise that were hallmarks of the Spencer family.
The Early Years at Park House
Princess Diana, born Diana Frances Spencer, was the fifth child of John Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd. Her early years were spent at Park House, a residence on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. This period laid the foundation for Diana’s close relationship with her siblings. Particularly after the tragic loss of their older brother, John, who died hours after birth in 1960.
The shared experience of a close-knit family living in a rented royal residence was unique and forged strong bonds among the Spencer children.
Lady Jane Fellowes: The Reserved Sibling
Lady Jane Fellowes, born in 1957, is the middle child of the Spencer family. Jane, known for her reserved and private nature, has stayed away from the limelight. Her presence at significant family events – like Diana’s funeral – speaks volumes of the strong connection she shared with Diana.
Despite her preference for privacy, Jane’s poise and dignity at public appearances reflect the strength and grace that seem to be characteristic of the Spencer sisters. However, her life was away from the public’s prying eyes.
Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer: The Outspoken Brother
The youngest of the Spencer siblings, Charles Spencer, born in 1964, has been the most public figure among Diana’s siblings. As the current Earl Spencer, Charles resides at Althorp, the childhood home of the Spencer siblings and Diana’s final resting place. His role as the custodian of Althorp is symbolic of his larger role as a defender and preserver of Diana’s legacy.
Charles has been vocal in his support for Diana, often speaking out against perceived injustices and misrepresentations of her life and work. His dedication to maintaining the dignity of his sister’s memory is evident in his speeches and writings.
On what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday, Charles joined his nephews, Prince William and Prince Harry, in unveiling a statue in honor of Diana. A gesture that underscored the enduring bond between the siblings.
Nevertheless, Diana’s relationship with her siblings was marked by affection, support, and a shared understanding of the unique pressures of living in the public eye. While her sisters preferred a life away from the spotlight, they provided a grounding influence in Diana’s life.