Princess Diana heartbreak: Why Diana ‘felt like a disappointment’ to her family

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PRINCESS DIANA felt like a disappointment to her family for one heartbreaking reason, it has emerged.

Diana believed her parents had wanted to have a boy and were crestfallen when she came out a girl. What made matters worse was that Diana’s mother had previously given birth to a baby boy who had died. The Princess of Wales spoke to astrologer Debbie Frank about her worries.

Ms Frank told the Daily Mail:  “She understood that her mother probably had postnatal depression and the son who died had a massive bearing.

“Diana was carrying all her mother’s depression about that, the sense that as a girl she was a disappointment.

“Diana was sensitive and her mother criticised her frequently.

“There was still the sense of abandonment, compounded by Charles abandoning her.”

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Princess Diana felt like a disappointment because she thought her parents wanted a boy Image GETTY

Princess Diana “felt like a disappointment” because she thought her parents wanted a boy (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Diana and her mother Frances Image GETTY

Princess Diana and her mother, Frances (Image: GETTY)

Diana had a difficult relationship with her mother Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp, after she divorced her father John Spencer, Viscount Althorp when Diana was just seven years old. 

Diana’s father won custody of her and Diana still felt like her mother had totally abandoned her.

Ms Frank said: “Diana had a lot of early pain from her mother leaving her as a child.

“We talked a lot about that, because the damage was so great.

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Diana Princes of Wales felt abandoned by her mother Image GETTY

Diana, Princes of Wales, felt “abandoned” by her mother (Image: GETTY)

“Even the last time I met her in July before she died, she recounted the story of her mother leaving and packing her dresses into the car.” 

However, Frances – now Frances Shand Kydd – insisted that she did not care about the sex of her baby.

She claimed people used to write to her, wishing that her child would be a boy and later expressing their commiserations when she was a girl. 

However, Frances emphasised this was purely their feelings, never hers.

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Prince Philip and Frances Shand Kydd at Charles and Dianas wedding Image GETTY

Prince Philip and Frances Shand Kydd at Charles and Diana’s wedding (Image: GETTY)

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Frances Shand Kydd Dianas mother Image GETTY

Frances Shand Kydd, Diana’s mother (Image: GETTY)

She said: “What I couldn’t believe was that people kept writing to me saying, ‘I do hope the baby will be alright this time’, which only transferred their anxieties on to me.

“Others would say, ‘I do hope it’s a son’, as if that would be the only acceptable thing.”

She added: “All I wanted was another baby, and a healthy one. I didn’t care if it was a boy or girl.

“I was thrilled to bits. I grabbed her the minute she arrived.

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Charles and Diana A timeline Image EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

Charles and Diana: A timeline (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

“One again, people started writing these extraordinary letters saying, ‘You must be disappointed to have three girls’. 

“Can you imagine, they all thought it was a tragedy she wasn’t a boy.”

Speaking before Diana died, Frances added that her own parents had hoped for a son and that she herself has been described as “large eyes, long legs and the wrong sex”.

Diana and her mother had not spoken for a while before the princess died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Dianas siblings Lady Sarah McCorquodale L and Lady Jane Fellows and Earl Spencer Image GETTY
Dianas siblings Lady Sarah McCorquodale L and Lady Jane Fellows and Earl Spencer Image GETTY

Diana’s siblings: Lady Sarah McCorquodale (L) and Lady Jane Fellows and Earl Spencer (Image: GETTY)

Source: EXPRESS CO UK