Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer ( née McCorquodale; 9 September 1929 – 21 October 2016) was a British socialite and local politician. She was the daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and the romantic novelist and socialite Barbara Cartland and the stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales . Contents 1 Early years 2 Countess of Dartmouth
- Early Years
- Countess of Dartmouth
- Countess Spencer
- Comtesse de Chambrun
- Later Life
Raine McCorquodale was the only child of novelist Barbara Cartland and Alexander George McCorquodale of Speen in Berkshire, an Army officer who was heir to an old printingfortune. Her parents divorced in 1936, and her mother promptly married Alexander's cousin, Hugh McCorquodale, by whom she had two sons, Ian and Glen.
In 1947, 18-year-old Raine McCorquodale was launched as a debutante into London high society. She had a successful season, not only being named debutante of the year, but becoming engaged to be married to the heir to an earldom, the Hon. Gerald Humphry Legge. She and Legge married on 21 July 1948. He succeeded to the courtesy tit...
Viscount Althorp succeeded his father as the 8th Earl Spencer on 9 June 1975. The Earl Spencer and Raine, Countess of Dartmouth were married at Caxton Hall, London, on 14 July 1976. As Countess Spencer, Raine was unpopular with her stepdaughter Lady Diana Spencerand her siblings, who referred to their stepmother as "Acid Raine". I...
In July 1993, Raine Spencer married a third husband, Count Jean-François Pineton de Chambrun (a descendant of the Marquis de La Fayette and a member of a prominent French family related to the American Roosevelt family), after a 33-day courtship.They married in a civil ceremony in London. The Count, a younger son of Jean-Pierre Pi...
In December 2007, Spencer was again featured in the news, giving evidence at the London inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Making a rare public comment on her relationship with her stepdaughter, she said: "[Diana] always said I had no hidden agenda. So many people, because she was so popular and so world famo...
Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer (née McCorquodale; 9 September 1929 – 21 October 2016) was a British socialite and local politician. She was the daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and the romantic novelist and socialite Dame Barbara Cartland .
26 apr 2022 · "Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer (née McCorquodale; born 9 September 1929) is a British socialite and local politician. She is the daughter of novelist Barbara Cartland and Alexander McCorquodale. However her mother later alleged that she was fathered by Prince George, Duke of Kent.
- September 9, 1929
- October 21, 2016
Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer (1929–2016), stepmother of Lady Diana Frances Spencer Victoria Aitken (formerly Victoria, Countess Spencer; born 1965), sister-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales Karen Spencer, Countess Spencer (born 1972), sister-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales
Though she apparently tried to revert to her previous title, Raine, Countess Spencer, but cannot legally do that (though she certainly can use it socially, as has been done in the past by many titled divorcées/widows, including the Queen Mother's close friend Maureen Guinness, who continued to use and generally be called "Dowager Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava" despite two later marriages and divorces), did Raine legally retrieve her previous SURNAME, Spencer?