Le comte Spencer, père de Diana, et sa seconde épouse, Raine Spencer
Raine Spencer, belle-mère de Diana, la princesse de Galles est décédée ce vendredi 21 octobre 2016 à l'âge de 87 ans après une courte maladie. La comtesse Spencer s'est éteinte à son domicile londonien a confirmé son fils William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth et membre du Parlement sous l'étiquette Ukip. Dans un communiqué, la famille a déclaré "Raine, Comtesse Spencer, est décédée paisiblement à son domicile londonien ce 21octobre 2016 après une courte maladie". The socialite met Earl Spencer, Diana's father, when she was a young Conservative councillor where she was known for her enormous bouffant hair, pearls, scarves and grand tones. They married in 1976 and remained together until his death in 1992. As Countess Spencer she was notoriously unpopular with her stepdaughter, Diana, Princess of Wales although personal letters between the two which were leaked in 2012 appear to show a softer side to their relationship.Countess Spencer, born in 1929, was the only daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and the noted novelist Dame Barbara Cartland.Through her three marriages she was known as the Comtesse Jean-François Pineton de Chambrun, Lady Dartmouth and Lady Lewisham.The wedding of Raine Spencer and Gerald Legge, Earl of Dartmouth, at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London, July 21st 1948. It was the first of her three marriages. She divorced him in 1976, before remarrying her second husband the same year.In 1947 an 18-year-old Raine McCorquodale was launched as a debutante into London high society. She had a successful season where she was named 'Deb of the Year' and prompty became engaged to the heir of an earldom, the Hon. Gerald Humphry Legge.She and Legge married on July 21 1948 and he became the 9th Earl of Dartmouth in 1962. The couple had four children. Following her marriage, Lady Dartmouth began to take a strong interest in politics and at 23 she became the youngest member of Westminster City Council as a Conservative.As Lady Lewisham, and later Lady Dartmouth, she remained in local government for 17 years and sat on Westminster's town planning, parks and personnel committees. Raine Spencer married a French count just 33 days after they met. Count Jean-Francois de Chambrun was six years younger than his bride-to-be, whom he wed in London in 1993. He was her third husband but they divorced just two years later in 1995.