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Heartbroken Princess Diana ‘used to wait on the sidewalk for her mother to come back’

Heartbroken Princess Diana ‘waited on the sidewalk for her mother to’ come home ‘after her parents’ divorce, ‘but she never came,’ reveals her brother Charles Spencer

  • Earl Spencer, 55, who lives at Althorp House, discussed their childhood today
  • Princess Diana used to “wait on the sidewalk for her mother to return” as a child
  • Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd left her father John Spencer in 1969
  • She left the family home when the princess was only seven

A heartbroken Princess Diana “always waited on the doorstep for her mother” to come home after her parents’ divorce, her brother Earl Spencer has revealed.

Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd, who died in 2004 at the age of 68, left her father John Spencer for wallpaper mogul Peter Shand Kydd in 1969.

She left the family home when the princess was only seven – after losing a bitter custody battle for her four children. Diana and her mother had a troubled relationship and were not talking to each other 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 brother would wait in vain for their mother’s return.

A heartbroken Princess Diana (pictured with her mother in 1989) 'always waited on the sidewalk for her mother to return' after her parents' divorce, her brother Earl Spencer has revealed

A heartbroken Princess Diana (pictured with her mother in 1989) ‘always waited on the sidewalk for her mother to return’ after her parents’ divorce, her brother Earl Spencer has revealed

While she was packing her things to leave, she promised Diana she would come back to see her. Diana always waited for her outside the door, but she never came, ”he recalled.

Charles explained, “Our father was a silent, constant source of love, but our mother was not fit for motherhood … she couldn’t. She was in love with someone else, really in love. ‘

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 torn childhood ” after his mother left when he was just two.

He admitted that he’s been in and out of therapy for 20 years, preoccupied with his unhappy childhood, in which he and Diana “ spent a lot of time together.

Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 68, left her father John Spencer for wallpaper magnate Peter Shand Kydd. Pictured: Charles Spencer

Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 68, left her father John Spencer for wallpaper magnate Peter Shand Kydd. Pictured: Charles Spencer

Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 68, left her father John Spencer for wallpaper magnate Peter Shand Kydd. Pictured: Charles Spencer

Charles added that Althorp was a “cold and terrifying place for me as a child” and that neither his grandfather nor father were happy there.

Frances, then 18, and the 8th Earl Spencer Johnnie, 30, were married in 1954 before divorcing in 1969.

Diana’s mother went to live with her new husband in Scotland after she lost a custody battle over her children in which she was dubbed ‘the bolter’.

In a magazine interview in 1997, Frances candidly reflected on her marriage: “While I believe that remorse and regret are imperative when we have failed others and ourselves, I think repeated apologies are a form of self-pity.”

His comments come after he spoke out on the death of Princess Diana during a performance on Radio 4 yesterday.

It comes after he discussed his grief on Radio 4 yesterday, saying he 'braced himself' every year ahead of the anniversary of the death of the late royal family (pictured alongside Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Princess' funeral). Diana)

It comes after he discussed his grief on Radio 4 yesterday, saying he 'braced himself' every year ahead of the anniversary of the death of the late royal family (pictured alongside Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Princess' funeral). Diana)

It comes after he discussed his grief on Radio 4 yesterday, saying he ‘braced himself’ every year ahead of the anniversary of the death of the late royal family (pictured alongside Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Princess’ funeral). Diana)

Charles said he is “always surprised by how difficult” the anniversary of her death remains, revealing that it “keeps falling to his knees.”

He explained: ‘I am always surprised by how difficult August 31st actually is every year. I always brace myself a bit for it and it brings me to my knees. It’s a very moving time. ‘

In the meantime he continued, “I row to the island and spend time there. It’s really weird when you lose someone very close. ‘

He added, “There are gaps in every family that cannot be filled.”

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