What Do We Know About Princess Diana’s Mother? A Former Employee Said She Was Even More Graceful Than The Queen

Date August 16, 2018

We know a lot about late Princess Diana, but few of us heard something about her mother, Frances Shand Kydd. Interesting fact! One of the former employees of the British royal family said Frances was a very attractive woman. Moreover, he even said Diana’s mother was more graceful than the Queen.


What you should know about Princess Diana’s mother

Frances Shand Kydd was born into privilege and royal connections. Her father, Baron Fermoy, was a shooting friend of George VI. Her mother, Ruth, was a woman of the bedchamber and confidante of Queen Elizabeth.

At 18, Frances married John Spencer, Viscount Althorp. They had five children together. Though her marriage to John failed at the end, Frances found love again with her second husband, Peter Shand Kydd.

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Frances preferred to have a private life, although her daughter Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles didn’t let her stay aside from the public eyes.

People who met Frances in person described her as a very attractive woman. No doubt, Diana inherited her natural beauty from her mother.


More graceful than the Queen?

In his book dedicated to the life of late Princess Diana, a Russian author Dmitrij Medvedev refers to ‘The Diana Chronicles’ to mention one interesting detail about Diana’s mother.

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The author wrote about a former Prince Charles' worker who said Diana's mother was more graceful than Her Majesty.

When she looked at you with her bright blue eyes, she seemed to be more graceful than the Queen.


Need to say that Diana had beautiful eyes too. Maybe, it’s the inheritable trait of both ladies. What do you think?

Tense relationships with daughter

Frances Shand Kydd had not spoken to her daughter for four months before her death. Diana and Frances had complicated relationships. Diana’s partner, Mohamed Al Fayed, even blamed Frances for being “a bad mother and a snob in relation to Diana,” The Guardian reported.



Frances was devastated when found out about the fatal crash that took the life of her daughter. She confessed she felt sorry for disclosing personal details about Diana prior to her passing.

Frances reportedly made an attempt to establish good relationships with her daughter and wrote several letters to her, which the princess had returned unopened.

We don’t know how their relationships would work out if not the fatal crash. Anyway, every family has its dark secrets, and royals are not an exception.  

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