How Princess Diana was ‘in pain’ before marrying Prince Charles revealed

The pain stemmed from her own family, which had also suffered strained relationships and marital breakdown. Diana’s parents divorced when she was just seven years old. She had a difficult relationship with her mother – Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp – after her father – John Spencer, Viscount Althorp – won custody of her.

The Princess of Wales sought the help of astrologer Debbie Frank to help her work through her emotions.

Ms Frank told the Daily Mail: “Diana had a lot of early pain from her mother leaving her as a child.

“We talked a lot about that, because the damage was so great.”

Diana also had a bad relationship with her stepmother Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, but according to Ms Frank this changed over time.

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The astrologer explained: “She managed to overcome her hostility towards her stepmother Raine, suddenly it was, ‘Thank you for looking after my father.’

“But she couldn’t with her mother. There was a wounded child in there.

“Even the last time I met her in July before she died, she recounted the story of her mother leaving and packing her dresses into the car.”

The issue that had torn the Spencer family apart was the desire of Diana’s parents to have a son to carry on the family line.

They had had a son named John before Diana was born, but he had died shortly after birth.

When Diana was born a girl this added strain onto the family who desired an heir, and Diana felt like she was “a disappointment”.

Ms Frank said: “[Diana] understood that her mother probably had postnatal depression and the son who died had a massive bearing.

“Diana was carrying all of her mother’s depression about that, the sense that as a girl she was a disappointment.”

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That said, Diana’s mother herself insisted that she did not care what sex her baby was and that she was “thrilled” at Diana’s birth.

She said that she received letters from people saying she must be disappointed that her baby was a girl, but that this was not the case.

Frances said: “I found it sad – but I suppose they meant well. It rather mirrored by arrival into the world.

“My parents had hoped for a son and I think the most accurate description of my arrival was ‘large eyes, long legs and the wrong sex’. Just like Diana.”

Despite this, Diana and her mother continued to have a difficult relationship growing up.

Ms Frank said there was a “sense of abandonment, compounded by Charles abandoning her”.

Towards the end of her life, Diana cut her mother out of her life completely.

Reportedly, the final straw was Frances saying it was a good thing that Diana’s had lost her HRH title after her divorce from Charles.

Ms Frank said: “When she cut her mother off after she said losing her HRH title was wonderful, she was mirroring what her mother had done to her.

“She thought ‘I’m going to empower myself, I’m going to cut you off.’

“But the story with her mother might have ended differently if she’d lived.”

Another reason why Diana and her mother did not get on very well, according to Ms Frank, is that her mother was very critical and Diana sensitive to criticism.

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