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Courtney Allan

Why Prince Charles ended his romance with Princess Diana’s older sister

Why Prince Charles ended his romance with Princess Diana’s older sister

With Prince Charles being known as the ‘playboy’ whilst on a decade-long dating spree in the 1970s, there were urges from the Royal Palace for him to settle down. 

The next in line for the throne then went on to have a brief relationship with Princess Diana’s older sister, Sarah.

From a social status perspective, they seemed like a good match. With Sarah Spencer having all the right connections, including close ties with the royal family that spanned on for several generations, it was a match made in royalty heaven.

However, things took a turn for the worst when Sarah was openly speaking to reporters about their relationship. She met with reporter James Whittaker in 1977, where he recalls that Sarah was very open.

“Sarah was disarmingly frank about her boyfriend and declared she would not marry Charles ‘if he were the dustman or the King of England’,” Whittaker said.

“That was good news from where I was sitting and Sarah seemed delighted I was so keen to share it with the nation.”

However, after printing the words in an article, it became known to Whittaker that the couple had broken up.

According to biographer Andy McSmith, Spencer was “frozen out of the royal entourage” after that article was printed.

It wasn’t long after that article that Prince Charles met Sarah's younger sister, 16-year-old Diana. 

Sarah claimed later on that “I introduced them; I’m cupid,” according to The Guardian

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer ended up marrying

Who knows, if Lady Sarah Spencer had not have been so candid, things within the royal family might have turned out very different indeed.

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