Princess Diana's Three Siblings: Meet Them All
Often dubbed as “The People’s Princess,” Princess Diana was probably one of the most popular British royals of all time but very few know about her real family.
Born as Lady Diana Frances Spencer, into the British aristocrat family, Diana was the third child of the 8th Earl Spencer, John Spencer, and Frances Shand Kydd.
Among her three other siblings, the eldest one is her sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Diana also has another older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes. Then she has a younger brother, Charles Spencer, who is currently the 9th Earl Spencer.
While Charles has continued to remain in the public eye, her two older sisters have mostly remained out of the spotlight -- especially after the tragic demise of Diana.
However, last year, the two sisters made a public appearance for their nephew’s wedding to Meghan Markle.
As a Palace statement announced prior to the wedding, Prince Harry was keen to involve Lady McCorquodale and Lady Fellowes in the big event. Lady Fellowes even gave a reading during the ceremony, helping to celebrate the memory of Diana.
Lady Sarah McCorquodale
McCorquodale was the eldest of the four siblings. She was also the sister who was closest to Diana.
Growing up, McCorquodale was the “hero-worshipped” by Diana, according to a biography by Sarah Bradford. She was often the late princess’s close confidante.
Back in 1977, McCorquodale also dated Prince Charles for a short time. In fact, it was she who introduced Charles to Diana.
At the time of Diana’s death on August 31, 1997, she was one of the people that traveled to Paris to collect Diana’s body.
Lady Jane Fellowes
Diana’s older sister, Lady Fellowes, is not much attuned to facing the public like her other family members. She has made very few public appearances and even fewer media statements following the demise of Diana.
However, it was Fellowes who informed the other members of the family about Diana’s tragic death.
She also accompanied Lady McCorquodale and Charles to retrieve Diana’s body from Paris.
Later, during her funeral, she read a poem by Henry Van Dyke, Jr.Fellowes was also described as the “least assertive” of the four Spencer siblings by Bradford, the author of “Diana.”
In 1999, Fellowes took the title of Baroness, after her husband, Robert, was selected a Baron and inducted into the House of Lords.
Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer
Most definitely, Charles is the most well-known Spencer in the family. He has remained one of the most influential people keeping the memory of Diana alive.
His speech, delivered at Diana’s funeral, attacking the Royal Family is still in the memories of many Royal supporters who closely followed the incident.Charles, a British nobleman, is also an author and a journalist. He also calls Queen Elizabeth II his godmother.
He is married to Karen Gordon since 2011 and has a six-year-old daughter, Lady Charlotte Diana, named after his late sister.
Recently, the siblings of Princess Diana made headlines by reportedly being one of the first people to hear the good news about the birth of the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The palace reported at the time that Lady McCorquodale, Lady Fellowes, and Charles Spencer, were all “delighted with the news.”