Who are Princess Diana’s siblings including supportive sisters, Earl and tragic brother

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Princess Diana was one of five children born to Frances Roche and John Spencer.

The late Princess was raised with siblings Sarah, Jane and Charles on the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire.

Their youngest brother John, died shortly after his birth one year before Diana was born.

Following her untimely death in 1997, her three siblings have remained close to her sons, Princes William and Harry. Her eldest sister Sarah was even depicted in the latest series of The Crown.

So what do we know about Lady Sarah, Lady Jane and Earl Spencer, who have kept a close bond with their royal nephews? Here is everything you need to know…

Lady Sarah McCorquodale

The eldest Spencer sibling, Lady Sarah Spencer, briefly dated Prince Charles in 1977, which is how he originally met a then 16-year-old Diana.

“I introduced them, I’m cupid,” she reportedly said, shortly after Charles and Diana's engagement was announced in 1981.

Sarah wed Neil McCorquodale in 1980, and they remain happily married and are parents to three children.

Royal biographers have claimed that Sarah was known as the 'cleverest' of the family and that Diana 'hero worshipped' her oldest sister growing up.

Since her sister died in 1997, Sarah has remained out of the public eye.

Lady Jane Spencer

Diana and Sarah also have another sister, Lady Jane Spencer, who married the Queen's private secretary Robert Fellowes to become Lady Jane Fellowes.

Some royal commentators suggested that Jane’s position as both Diana’s sister and Robert’s wife left her in a difficult position when Charles and Diana's marriage ended.

According to Earl and Lady Sarah Spencer, Jane informed them about Diana’s death in the early hours of the morning in 1997.

Both Sarah and Jane travelled to Paris with Prince Charles to collect their sister's body following the fatal car crash.

The sisters later gave evidence at the inquest where Jane suggested that Diana’s relationship with Dodi Al Fayed was fizzling out at the time of her death.

Princes William and Harry are believed to have stayed close to both their Aunts, and both attended the christening of the Duke Of Sussex's son, Archie, in 2019.

"Harry has always kept in close touch with the Spencers, and they have all received invitations," an unnamed source told Vanity Fair. "Harry gets on well with his aunts and uncle, and they have met Meghan."

Lady Jane also gave a reading at Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.

At the time, Prince Harry released a statement that read: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.”

She is the mother of three children, Emily, George and Celia, while Sarah is mother to Laura, Alexander and Eleanor, all of whom are close to their cousins William and Harry.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose Lady Jane’s daughter Laura to be Princess Charlotte's Godmother.

The Princes have attended their cousins' weddings – including the nuptials of Celia McCorquodale and George Woodhouse in 2018.

Lady Jane has only spoken publicly once since 1997 about Only Connect (OC), the charity she and her nephew, Harry, are involved with.

Earl Charles Spencer

Earl Charles Spencer is the youngest and only brother of the Spencer family and godson to the Queen.

Earl Charles Spencer revealed that producers of The Crown requested to film at Althorp – the home the siblings grew up in, but the family declined.

Althorp is also the final resting place of Princess Diana and where the family chose to have her grave, which sits on an island in the middle of a lake on the 500-year-old estate.

"She’s obviously a much-loved part of it, and from outside of the immediate family, she’ll always be a relevant part of the story of Althorp—and somebody we are incredibly proud of," the Earl has previously said.

He has called the drama which depicts his sister’s marriage to Prince Charles “a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention.”

Earl Spencer launched the complaint against the BBC after claiming the family were misled by journalist Martin Bashir which led to his sister’s decision to participate in the 1995 Panorama interview.

"I feel it is my duty to stand up for her when I can," Spencer said." I feel very passionately that I have a role to honour her memory."

He’s been married three times and has seven children – all of whom have been invited to both Royal weddings.

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