parents separate amid a minor scandal after 14 years of marriage. Involved in an affair with Peter Shand-Kydd,
married heir to a wallpaper fortune, Diana’s mother moves out of the
home. Sarah, 12 and Jane, 10 are sent to
boarding school. Diana and her younger
Charles are shuttled back and forth between home and their mother’s
December: Their father wins custody of Diana and Charles. Diana is enrolled in Silfield day school.
September 1970: Diana is sent to her first boarding school, Riddlesworth Hall in
July 1977: Diana finishes her schooling at West Heath secondary school in
July 14: Earl Spencer marries the bouffant-haired Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, daughter of romance novelist Barbara Cartland. Her relations with the Spencer children are strained. They dub her “Acid Raine”.
Prince Charles, of Wales, who dated Sarah Spencer for several months,
Diana at a shooting party at Althorpe, the Spencer estate in
referring to her later as a "very jolly and amusing and attractive 16
old--full of fun."
July 1980: The love affair with Prince Charles begins during a polo playing weekend when they both stay at the home of mutual friends Cmdr. Robert and Philippa de Pass. Sharing a
and Diana begin a 6 week
June 14 – July 1: Charles and
Diana make their first visit to
July: Diana hugs a sobbing AIDS patient at an English hospital, in one of her many displays of fearlessness and warmth that helped dispel panic about being near AIDS sufferers.
23 – 29:
Diana, accompanied by their sons, visit
June: Andrew Morton’s biography, Diana, Her True Story, written with her tacit approval, details her depression, bulimia, and unhappy married life.
August: The press reports a telephone conversation between Diana and James Gilbey, who calls her “Squidgy” and tells her he loves her.
November: On a disastrous trip to
and a Finnish
student save a man from drowning in a pond
June: Charles confesses to adultery during Jonathan Dimbleby's TV Documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role.
November: Dimbleby’s biography, The Prince of Wales, written with Charles’ cooperation, details the affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles beginning in 1972 and says that Charles married Diana to please his father. Another book, Princess in Love by Anna Pasternak, describes an affair between Diana and Capt. James Hewitt from 1986 – 1991.
the BBC’s Panorama that she would like to be the "queen of people's
hearts" and admits that she was unfaithful to her husband with Hewitt,
whom she adored.
auction house in
Diana and her new boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, frolicking aboard his
and their driver, Henri Paul die in a high-speed car crash in a
Queen bows to
public pressure to participate in the mourning and, in an unprecedented
announces the Union Jack will fly at half-mast at
thousands of mourners line the streets of