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Princess Diana's ‘Wicked’ Stepmom: Why Her Stepchildren Hated Her So Much

Date November 9, 2018

Late Princess Diana is still considered to be an ultimate modern mother. She was ready to do anything for her children, including standing up to the Queen in order to prepare them for real life. Lady Di herself never had such a mentor. Her own mother left her husband, Earl Spencer, with four children. Her father taking in a new life partner was perceived as an act of betrayal. Was the woman Diana detested pure evil?

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Princess Diana's ‘Wicked’ Stepmom: Why Her Stepchildren Hated Her So Muchgettyimages

Raine Spencer (née McCorquodale) and 8th Earl Spencer met seven years after his first wife, Frances, left. The couple married in 1976; he was 52 and she was five years his junior. Many believed that the woman married not the man, but his title and wealth, although in reality it wasn’t so.

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Princess Diana's ‘Wicked’ Stepmom: Why Her Stepchildren Hated Her So Muchgettyimages

Raine loved John Spencer and stoically took the hatred of the children from his first marriage. Diana, her sisters and brother openly boycotted their stepmother; they refused to communicate, mocked her, and caused mischief. ‘Acid Raine’ is a rather insulting nickname, isn't it? The countess silently took all the insults, but skillfully punished her stepchildren for wrongdoing, using her authority. Raine soon abandoned any attempts to bond with the little Spencers.

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The feud between Diana and her stepmother was even covered in the SBS documentary Princess Diana’s 'Wicked' Stepmother. On the screen, Lady Diana confessed that she used to call her father's second wife the person she hated the most. Countess Spencer had an original taste in clothes – she loved bright colors and unusual combinations, which is why some, including her famous stepdaughter, considered her vulgar.

The real drama unfolded in 1992; when Earl Spencer passed away, his children drove Raine out of the house. It was rumored that Princess Diana herself threw her stepmother's belongings out of the family estate. It is fair to say that the Countess had no reason for concern: her husband left her a house in London and a large sum of money. She herself owned an impressive collection of arts, furniture sets, clothes, decorations, and accessories.

Little did Diana know that only four years later this woman would provide her much needed support, unlike her biological mother. In 1996, after countless scandals, confessions, and competing accusations, the Prince and Princess of Wales officially ended their marriage.

According to media reports, it was the time when Countess Spencer and her stepdaughter found a common language. Raine was married and widowed more than once. It is peculiar that it was her who found a way to console Lady Di. It is known that the former princess couldn’t build a relationship with a Pakistani heart surgeon, but was finally happy with Dodi Fayed, with whom she tragically died in 1997.

Her stepmother finally helped Dynasty Di find a worthy man, while her biological mother called her a prostitute.

It is symbolic that the very woman Diana didn’t even give a chance, became her support in the final years. This could be a lesson for many of us not to judge others too harshly.

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