Sad separation:

Prince William’s uncle suddenly divorces

10.06.2024 09:44

Another sad piece of news in Prince William's family. His uncle, Charles Spencer, the younger brother of the late Princess Diana, has unexpectedly announced his divorce from his third wife Karen.

After almost 13 years of marriage, Charles Spencer and his wife Karen are going their separate ways. The couple, who have a daughter together, Charlotte Diana, announced their separation to The Mail on Sunday on June 8.

"Incredibly sad"
"It's incredibly sad," said 60-year-old Charles. "I just want to devote myself to my children and grandchildren now and wish Karen all the best for the future."

Charles Spencer and his wife Karen at the wedding of his nephew Prince Harry to US actress Meghan Markle. (Bild:
Charles Spencer and his wife Karen at the wedding of his nephew Prince Harry to US actress Meghan Markle.

Rumors of close relationship with archaeologist
The former couple's relationship is said to have broken down while they were working on Charles' memoirs "A Very Private School". In April, they also informed the staff at Althorp House, the Spencers' family home, of their separation.

The Mail on Sunday adds some juicy details: Charles Spencer is said to be "close" to Norwegian archaeologist Dr. Cat Jarman.

The two co-host the history podcast "The Rabbit Hole Detectives" and have been seen "very happy together" on several occasions. "It's still early days though," the newspaper said.

Charles Spencer shows himself in this Instagram photo with his alleged new love, Dr. Cat Jarman:

Whether this supposed new love is actually more than a passing acquaintance remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however: after 13 years of marriage and a child together, the Karen Spencer chapter is now finally closed for Charles Spencer.

Criticism of the royal family
Count Spencer became known to the international public in 1997 when he walked behind Diana's coffin alongside his two nephews, Prince William and Prince Harry, who were still very young at the time. He once said that he still has nightmares about it. He also emphasized that he had been against William and Harry walking behind the coffin.

"It was hell, it really was hell," he said. "It was the worst half hour of my life. I still have nightmares about it."

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Charles at Diana's funeral in 1997 (Bild: ADAM BUTLER / POOL / AFP)
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Charles at Diana's funeral in 1997

Earl Spencer had given a much-noticed speech at the funeral service in which he indirectly criticized the royal family's attitude towards Diana. Diana died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Sexually abused at boarding school
In his biography published in spring, the Earl revealed that he was beaten as a boy at the English boarding school Maidwell Hall and was the victim of sexual assault by a caregiver. At the time, he reacted with self-harming behavior.

In March, Earl Spencer attributed the failure of his first two marriages to the terrible experiences of his childhood and raved about how much his third wife Karen had supported him during the writing of his memoirs.

He also explained at the time that his first two marriages must have failed because of his terrible childhood experiences. He had never learned to allow closeness. Now his third marriage has apparently also broken down as a result.

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