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Princess Diana's Unhappy Childhood

Updated on October 4, 2012

Princess Diana was born July 1, 1961, at Park House, where the family lived. Diana's birth was not completely a joyful occasion. After two girls her parents had wanted a boy. Edward and Frances Spencer wanted a son to carry on the Spencer name. However, Diana experienced a care-free childhood for awhile.

The family lived in a very beautiful and large house on the private estate of the royal family at Sandringham. In earlier times Park House was a royal guest house. It had ten bedrooms and four big salons.

Diana had two older sisters, Sarah and Jane. Three years after Diana was born the Spencers had a boy and named him Charles, after Prince Charles.

Diana's playmate's included Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who would one day be related to her, through marriage. Diana and her siblings often went swimming with the two boys. Diana was a very lovable child. Diana was 4-years-old when her mother hired a governess.

Trouble began in the Spencer's marriage when the children were quite young. Diana's father loved the country, but her mother longed for the city. And, the desire for a son, earlier on, put a very real strain on the marriage. Diana's mother also had an affair. When Diana was 5-years-old, her parents split, and two later their divorce was finalized.

Diana's mother moved to the city, following the man she was interested in; and after a bitter custody battle, Diana and her siblings moved in with their father at the Spencer estate, Althorp House. In 1976, Earl Spencer married Raine, the Countess of Dartmouth. Diana didn't care for this woman much.

Diana was devastated by the divorce and felt different and ashamed. She became a substitute mother for her brother, Charles. Her father put her in boarding school, when she was 9-years-old. Although Diana excelled at swimming, tennis, hockey, and ballet, she never done very well at academics. She didn't pass her exams and ended her schooling when she was sixteen. However, she enrolled in a Swiss finishing school. During this time, her sister Sarah, started dating Prince Charles. Diana was very jealous. She had dreamed of meeting her Prince Charming and living happily ever. Also, she had had a crush on Prince Charles for a long time!

Two years later Prince Charles secretly started dating Lady Diana. In the meantime, after Diana finished school, she got a job as a nanny and a cook, and later worked as an assistant teacher at a kindergarten school.


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      mours sshields 3 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Very well said! I agree.

      Marcia Ours

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting story. Doesn't seem like Charles and Diana really had much in common except maybe their lineage. I rather think she didn't understand what she was getting into when she married into the royal family and I don't think her family was very helpful in that regard since they were more interested in moving up the social ladder than in their daughter's happiness. Well done!

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      mours sshields 3 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Thank-you both for your kind comments. Sometimes we just don't know what all is going on in a person's private life. And, money, fame, and riches doesn't guarantee happiness!

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      Cheeky Kid 3 years ago from Milky Way

      I didn't know that happened to her when she was a kid. I thought it was always fun to be royalty.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Marcia Ours, unfortunately to marry into royalty carries no guarantees. Diana's death was most tragic. There is a mystery there. Wonder if we will ever know what really happened?

      Voted up, Interesting and shared



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      Marcia Ours 4 years ago

      Very true!!

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      CreatePerfection 4 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Fame and fortune do not guarantee happiness. It comes from within us and we are the ones who decide.



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      Marcia Ours 4 years ago

      Yes, it was unfortunate and tragic.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I didn't realize all the details of Diana's childhood. How very tragic!