Diana, Princess of Wales was born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk, as the third child and daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp. Diana would become the sister to Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes, and Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. While her parents were overjoyed with her birth, there was no hiding that the fact that the entire Spencer family was hoping for a male heir to carry on the Spencer name. The Spencer family was one of Great Britain's oldest and most important families, being closely allied with the royal family for over five hundred years. Because they were expecting a male child, her parents, initially, had no name to give her. A week later, they settled on Diana Frances, after a Spencer ancestress and her mother.
Diana being baby.
Before her birth, Diana's parents had given birth to a son named John, who died a year before Diana was born, having lived only 10 hours. According to Andrew Morton's biography about the Princess of Wales, her brother was very deformed and sick. His death put a strain on John and Frances' marriage. Lady Frances would be forced to seek medical attention at Harley Street clinics in London, after the older members of the Spencer family questioned why she could only give birth to girls. The experience was described as "humiliating", with her brother Charles Spencer commenting: "It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don't think they ever got over it." As a young child, Diana would catch the pitch of her family's frustration - she would consider herself a nuisance, and feel an overwhelming sense of guilt, but learned to accept and recognize the emotions.
Diana and his little brother Charles .
With normal commoners as god parents, Diana would be baptized at Sandringham church (her younger brother, Charles, would be baptized at Westminster Abbey with Queen Elizabeth II as his principal god parent). Her parents would separate when she was is seven years old, eventually divorcing due to her mother engaging in an extramarital affair. In Morton's book, he described how she remembered her father packing suitcases, her mother crunching across the gravel forecourt, and driving away through the gates of Park House. Shortly thereafter, her father, John Spencer, won custody of both her and her three siblings.
Fasher and Mosher of Diana .
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