AP/Adam Butler, file
June 3, 2004
Frances Shand Kydd, the mother of the late Princess Diana, died on Thursday, June 3, 2004, at her home in Oban on Scotland's Argyll coast. She was 68. She was born Frances Ruth Burke Roche, daughter of the Fourth Baron Fermoy. Her mother, Lady Ruth Fermoy, was a confidante and lady in waiting to the late Queen Mother, and later had a hand in promoting Diana's marriage to Prince Charles. She married Edward John Spencer, 12 years her senior, in 1954. They had three daughters - Diana was the youngest - and one son. The marriage foundered in 1967 when she fell in love with Peter Shand Kydd, a married wallpaper heir. The Shand's divorced in 1969. She married Kydd in 1969. Diana stayed with her father after the split. Decades later she recalled her childhood was unhappy and unstable: "The biggest disruption was when Mummy decided to leg it. That's the vivid memory we have - the four of us (including her brother and two sisters)." Kydd admitted a turbulent relationship with her daughter. She also admitted she had not spoken to Diana in the last four months of her life and that the princess had returned all her letters unopened. Princess Di and her companion, Dodi Fayed, were killed on Aug. 31, 1997, in a crash in a Paris tunnel. This photo shows mother and daughter in 1993 in Scotland.