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Their father, her former son-in-law, Charles, Prince of Wales, did not attend because he was on the way to another funeral; going to Washington to lead the British delegation at the state funeral of the for… After the princess’s marriage collapsed, her brother, Earl Spencer, rebuffed her request for a country retreat on the family estate, prompting a bitter squabble between the siblings. They shared the same eyecatching good looks, svelte figure and desire to have their own way - almost at any cost. Frances Shand Kydd, the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, cut an intriguing figure. [19], England & Wales, Birth Index, Jan–Feb–Mar 1936, 4b 344, Freedbridge Lynn, Norfolk, state funeral of the former US President Ronald Reagan, "Princess Diana enters hospital in early labor", "Life of luxury stripped sparse by tragedy", "Diana did not talk to me in final months, admits her mother", "Princess Diana's mother dies after a long illness", "Diana's Mum Laid to Rest, Without Charles", Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, Diana: A Tribute to the People's Princess,, Converts to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1 June 1954 – 15 April 1969: Viscountess Althorp, 15 April 1969 – 2 May 1969: Frances, Viscountess Althorp, This page was last edited on 14 September 2020, at 08:04. But after he left her for a younger woman, she closed the shop and, apart from her charity work, became a virtual recluse. Her father Maurice was, as a close friend of George VI, also a member of the royals' inner circle, as well as being the Conservative MP for King's Lynn. ', The Princess of Wales thanked Mr Poplak for three drawings he had produced for her to mark her 30th birthday in July 1991, writing: 'So many thanks'. Mrs Shand Kydd converted to Roman Catholicism ten years ago and once said that she would never place blame or anger over the details of her daughter’s death, as there would be little point. Shand Kydd died at her home in Scotland at the age of 68 on 3 June 2004, following a long illness that included Parkinson's disease and brain cancer. Birthday: January 20, 1936Date of Death: June 3, 2004Age at Death: 68. After Diana's death, Shand Kydd returned to her protected life alone on Seil. As such, she was the maternal grandmother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, respectively second and sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. The timing of the illness was particularly cruel as it came just at the point when she appeared to have found, if not contentment, then a peace of sorts. difficult to cope with what she saw as the commercial exploitation of her daughter's death.