The within story of when Diana pushed her stepmother down a flight of stairs following a ‘livid row’ – Royal Central

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Diana, Princess of Wales, as soon as pushed her stepmother down a flight of stairs following a ‘livid row’ at Althorpe.


In keeping with the documentary ‘Princess Diana’s depraved stepmother’, the younger Princess of Wales ‘flew right into a rage’ at a celebration which was being attended by each her mom and her step-mother.

Raine, Countess Spencer, married Diana’s father in 1976 and was deeply unpopular along with her stepchildren – therefore the nickname ‘Acid Raine’.

A few years in the past throughout a celebration at Althorpe, Diana turned sad that Raine didn’t pay sufficient consideration to her mom, Frances Shand Kydd, who was additionally in attendance.


Countess Spencer’s private assistant, Sue Howe, advised the documentary that Diana was so upset, the pushed Raine down some stairs.

Ms Howe mentioned: “It occurred on the highest of the saloon stairs.

She had a livid row with Raine as a result of Diana was so upset that her personal mom had been ignored within the ancestral dwelling, and he or she pushed her, and Raine fell down the steps.


“She was badly bruised and was dreadfully upset.

“It was not justified in any respect. It was a merciless, heartless factor to do, and I believe it was Diana’s notion of how Raine was treating Mrs Shand Kydd.

“I believe Diana was very burdened. This sounds actually unsuitable however she wasn’t centre of consideration on this event.”


Diana and Raine had a troublesome relationship, however in 1997, shortly earlier than Diana’s premature loss of life, the 2 ladies reconciled and have become shut confidants.

Diana’s relationship along with her mom, Francis Shand-Kydd turned strained within the final 12 months of her life after she referred to as her daughter a ‘whore’ for “messing round with Muslim males”, in response to the 2007 inquest.

Diana didn’t converse to her mom within the months earlier than her loss of life, and so Raine was there and supported her relationship with Dodi Fayed.


Tragically, Diana and Raine’s new discovered friendship was cruelly lower brief in August 1997 when the Princess of Wales died in a automobile accident in Paris. Within the years that adopted, Countess Spencer gave sworn testimony in the course of the 2007 investigation into the loss of life.

In 2012, letters between Raine and Diana have been leaked to the media, which shed some new gentle on the turbulent relationship she had with Diana.

A few of the letters confirmed a softer facet between the pair, with heat phrases to 1 one other.


Auctioneers wished to unload among the letters the younger Woman Diana had written to Raine earlier than the Prince of Wales had proposed. Nonetheless, Raine was livid and demanded to be told of how they have been launched.