Monday 25 September 2017

Princess Diana's stepmother Raine dies at 87

Princess Diana Talking With Raine, Comtesse De Chambrun (previously Her Stepmother, Countess Raine Spencer) At A Private Viewing And Reception At Christies Of Dresses Worn By The Princess That Are For Auction To Raise Money For The Aids Crisis Trust And The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana Talking With Raine, Comtesse De Chambrun (previously Her Stepmother, Countess Raine Spencer) At A Private Viewing And Reception At Christies Of Dresses Worn By The Princess That Are For Auction To Raise Money For The Aids Crisis Trust And The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
1984: Raine, Countess Spencer in 1984. She is the step-mother of Diana, Princess of Wales and daughter of novelist Barbara Cartland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Earl Spencer And Raine In Front Of Their Home Althorp House. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Raine Spencer attends the "Made In Italy" party at Harrods to launch their new Italian ranges on September 9, 2004 in Knightsbridge, London. (Photo by David Westing/Getty Images)
Raine Spencer attends the "Made In Italy" party at Harrods to launch their new Italian ranges on September 9, 2004 in Knightsbridge, London. (Photo by David Westing/Getty Images)
The wedding of Raine Spencer and ex-husband Gerald Legge, Earl of Dartmouth, St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London, July 21st 1948. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Princess Diana's stepmother Raine, Countess of Spencer has died at the age of 87.

A spokesperson for the family confirmed today she died after a short illness.

Born into aristocracy, in 1971, she married John Spencer and became Diana's stepmother, whom she once dubbed 'Acid Raine', but the pair buried the hatchet in 1995 - three years after Diana's father died.

As a gesture, Mohamed Al-Fayed offered her a job at Harrods as Director of Harrods International and Harrods Estates, where she was working until 2015.

She was married three times - first to the Earl of Dartmouth Gerald Legge, then to John Spencer and lastly to Count Jean-François Pineton de Chambrun

Raine was the only child or author Barbara Cartland and army officer Alexander McCorquodale, her mother later married his brother Hugh and had two sons Ian and Glen.

1984: Raine, Countess Spencer in 1984. She is the step-mother of Diana, Princess of Wales and daughter of novelist Barbara Cartland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1984: Raine, Countess Spencer in 1984. She is the step-mother of Diana, Princess of Wales and daughter of novelist Barbara Cartland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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