Frances: The Remarkable Story of Princess Dianas Mother by Max RiddingtonThis is the story of the fascinating life of the Honourable Mrs. Frances Shand Kydd, mother to one of the most famous women in the world, Princess Diana. It features exclusive interviews and previously unseen photographs, and details the many similarities between the lives of Frances Shand Kydd and her daughter—from adultery, scandal, and divorce, to conflict with the British Establishment.
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As such, she was the maternal grandmother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex , respectively second and sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. Following her divorce from Viscount Althorp in , and later Diana's death in , Shand Kydd devoted the final years of her life to Roman Catholic charity work. Her marriage to Viscount Althorp was not a happy one and, in , she left him to be with Peter Shand Kydd , an heir to a wallpaper fortune in Australia whom she had met the year before. His half-brother was the former champion amateur jockey William Shand Kydd — , who was the brother-in-law of John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan. Subsequently, she was named "the other woman" in Janet Shand Kydd's divorce action against her husband. Frances and Peter Shand Kydd were married on 2 May and lived on the Scottish island of Seil , where they bought an 18th-century farmhouse called Ardencaple,  just 10 kilometres from Oban.
Princess Diana had a famously close relationship with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, but her relationship with her own mother, Frances Shand Kydd, was emotionally frought and very complicated. She remarried wallpaper heir Peter Shand Kydd in She said some very hurtful things, but she loved her daughter. At the hearing, Burrell reluctantly recounted the details of a phone call Diana had with her mother in June Hasnat Khan and her longtime friendship with entrepreneur, Gulu Lalvani, had asked Burrell to listen in the extension in another room. Khan, who is Muslim, came from a deeply religious family who, while fond of Diana, did not consider her a suitable wife.
Frances Ruth Shand Kydd was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. As such, she was the . In , Maxine Riddington published a biographical book about her, entitled Frances: The Remarkable Story of Princess Diana's Mother.
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However, the twist in the tale revealed that when her marriage to Prince Charles broke down, Diana unexpectedly rekindled her fraught communication with Raine and they became close confidantes, despite her being shunned by the family after the death of Earl Johnny Spencer. Yet when Diana became enamoured with her new beau Dodi Fayed - whom Raine fully supported - her biological mother Frances Shand-Kydd found out and was furious at the prospect. Diana's butler Paul Burrell admitted he overheard the devastating conversation between the Princess and her estranged mother. She was saying 'you're a prostitute, you're a prostitute'," he shared. Paul continued: "Diana said 'if you say that again I'm going to put the phone down and never speak to you again'. And that's what she did. The butler also revealed that during one of their private conversations, Diana had confidentially told him she cried herself to sleep the night her son Prince Harry was born because of her husband.
The former butler said the rift between the two women, which he claims began six months before Diana's death in August , was caused by a phone call which ended with the Princess slamming down the phone. Mr Burrell told the Daily Mirror how he was handed the receiver halfway through the conversation and told to listen in. She was hanging over the banister shouting down,' he recalled. I joined her on the floor cross-legged and stuck close beside her. I leant my ear as near to the phone as possible and listened to the conversation - albeit one-way.