Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer 'immensely sad' after divorce from third wife

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Earl Spencer, brother to the late Princess Diana, has opened up about his "immensely sad" divorce from his third wife. Charles Spencer expressed his desire to dedicate himself to his children and grandchildren.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Charles, 60, said: "It is immensely sad. I just want to devote myself to all my children, and to my grandchildren, and I wish Karen every happiness in the future."

Karen Gordon, the Countess of Spencer, and Charles tied the knot in June 2011 after being set up on a blind date at a Los Angeles restaurant the previous year. The couple exchanged vows in the grounds of Althorp, where Diana is buried, four months after Charles popped the question.

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They share one daughter together, Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer, born in 2012 and raised at Althorp. The breakdown of their marriage is believed to have been caused by the strain of the Earl's memoir, A Very Private School, in which he detailed the physical and sexual abuse he endured while at boarding school.

Karen, a Canadian philanthropist, is the founder of the Whole Child charity and mother to Emma and Kate from her previous marriage to Mark Gordon, which lasted from 1997 to 2003. Charles is father to Lady Kitty Spencer, twins Eliza and Amelia Spencer and Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, with his ex-wife Victoria Aitkin.

The Earl, is also father to Edmund and Lara, with his second wife Caroline Freud. Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, is known as the uncle to Princes William and Harry.

In addition to managing the Althorp estate, the ancestral seat of the Spencers in Northamptonshire, he works as a historian, journalist and broadcaster. During the launch events for his book in March, Karen was noticeably absent from Althorp, leading to Charles later confessing that he had admitted himself to residential treatment for trauma the previous year.

In a 2020 interview with The Sunday Times, Charles expressed: "Karen and I both appreciate what the other does and look after what we have. Neither of us has found happiness like this before."

Karen's first husband was millionaire Hollywood producer Mark Gordon, known for his work on Saving Private Ryan and The Day After Tomorrow.