"I like to be a free spirit. Some people don't like that, but that's the way I am." - Diana(8)
Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961. She was the youngest daughter of then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp. Diana was only six when her parents split up (5). Diana's father received custody of the kids, and in 1975, he became the eighth Earl Spencer, following the death of his own father. Diana became a Lady and the family moved to Althorp, the Spencer family estate in Northampton (7). Diana was always close to her brother, Charles, as a child. Her late grandmother, Ruth Lady Fermoy, often taught Diana card games.
She was sent to boarding school and eventually attended West Heath Public School in Kent. Diana won many swimming trophies while at West Heath due to her athletic build (1). In 1977, she left West Heath and went to finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Rougemont, Switzerland, but only until 1978 (4). After school, Diana worked in London. She did many odd jobs, including a nanny, cook and assistant at the Young England Kindergarten in Knightsbridge. Diana believed her low self-esteem had began in childhood, when she had acquired many ideas about herself (2).
After a close friendship to Prince Charles, in 1981, Diana's life changed forever. On February 24, 1981, Diana's engagement with the Prince of Wales became official (5).