Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer honored his older sister’s memory 26 years after her death by posting a childhood photo of the two.
The 1960s snap showed Diana in a pink and white striped dress with her arm around her little brother, who was wearing a polo shirt and blue shorts.
Earl Spencer did not caption the family photo he posted to his social media on Thursday – exactly 26 years after she and boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed died in a car crash in Paris while being pursued by paparazzi. She was 36 years old.
In 2020, the Earl opened up about how close he and Diana grew up as the two youngest children in their family.
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“Diana and I had two older sisters who weren’t in school so she and I spent a lot together and I spoke to her about it,” Spencer, 59, told The Sunday Times. Her older sisters are Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 65, and Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes, 63. Diana would be 62 today if she had lived.
Spencer added of her parents, “Our father was a quiet and constant source of love, but our mother was not cut out for motherhood. Not her fault, she couldn’t do it,” he said. “As she packed her things to leave, she made a promise to Diana [then aged five] she had come back to see them. Diana always waited for her outside the door, but she never came.”
Spencer memorably walked alongside then-Princes Charles, Prince Philip and Diana’s young sons Prince William and Harry, who followed her coffin during her funeral procession in September 1997.
Harry recently opened up about his mental health issues related to serving in the British Army in Afghanistan, which he says stemmed from the pain of losing his mother at such a young age.
“There was a breakup and the trigger for me was actually coming back from Afghanistan, but the things that came up were from the year – 1997, from the age of 12,” Harry said on the second episode of his Netflix series. Show “Heart”. by Invictus.” “Losing my mother at such a young age, the trauma I had, I was never really aware of. It wasn’t discussed. I haven’t really talked about it. And I repressed it, as most youngsters would have.”
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But when he came back from his assignment, he said: “Everything got out of hand, I crashed into the walls. What’s going on here? I feel everything now instead of being numb.”
Diana was buried at Althorp House, her childhood home in Northampton, north London, where Spencer still resides.
Spencer shared another childhood photo of Diana wearing a sweater and skirt to his social media on her birthday in 2021.
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“Today is Diana, Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday,” he wrote. “July 1st, 1961 was an exceptionally hot English summer day, something Diana’s parents always remembered. She was born at Park House on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Park House can be seen in the background of this family photo taken by Diana’s father, 8th Earl Spencer.