A heartbroken Princess Diana ‘used to wait on the doorstep for her mother to return’ home following her parents’ divorce, her brother Earl Spencer has revealed.
Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd, who passed away in 2004, aged 68, left her father John Spencer, for wallpaper tycoon Peter Shand Kydd in 1969.
She moved out of the family home when the princess was just seven – after losing a bitter custody battle for her four children. Diana and her mother had a rocky relationship and weren’t on speaking terms before her death in 1997.
But Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer, 56, who lives in Althorp House, his family seat in the Northamptonshire countryside, has told The Sunday Times how his sibling would wait in vain for their mother’s return.
‘While she was packing her stuff to leave, she promised Diana she’d come back to see her. Diana used to wait on the doorstep for her, but she never came,’ he recalled.
Charles explained: ‘Our father was a quiet, constant source of love, but our mother wasn’t cut out for maternity… she couldn’t do it. She was in love with someone else, infatuated really.’