Raine Spencer, stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has died at 87 after a short illness, her family has announced.
BBC full reports :
“Countess Spencer died on Friday morning at her London home, her son William Legge, the Earl of Dartmouth and a UKIP MEP, confirmed.
Her marriage to Diana’s father Earl Spencer from 1976 to 1992 was the second of three in her life.
She was the daughter of romance novelist Dame Barbara Cartland.
In her early life, she served as a Westminster city councillor from 1954 to 1965.
Her first marriage was to the Earl of Dartmouth and lasted from 1948 to 1976.
Following the death of Earl Spencer, her second husband, she married Count Jean-Francois de Chambrun in 1993, but the marriage only lasted three years.
When she married Earl Spencer and moved into the ancestral home at Althorp, Northamptonshire, she became stepmother to 15-year-old Diana and 12-year-old Charles, who now holds his father’s title.”