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Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother | Channel 4 | Sat 22 Feb 2020

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This insightful film uncovers the turbulent relationship between Princess Diana and her formidable stepmother. Raine Spencer was a force of nature, rising with help from her larger-than-life mother, Barbara Cartland, to become a countess three times and a member of the royal family. A former debutante of the year, Raine became a no-nonsense politician, credited with saving Covent Garden from demolition, before taking on the job of mothering the future Princess of Wales.

She was a divisive figure, doted on by Diana’s father Johnnie Spencer but loathed by Diana and her siblings. At Althorp, the Spencer family’s ancestral home, Raine attracted huge controversy by creating massive divides in the family and making huge alterations to the house with her redecorations and sweeping changes. She scandalised purists with her no-nonsense attitude towards making money, selling off the Spencer family silver and cashing in on Diana’s marriage to Charles. But as her own marriage collapsed, Diana made an unlikely U-turn, reaching out to Raine for support. Raine was transformed from ‘wicked stepmother’ into one of Diana’s closest confidantes. Featuring exclusive interviews from friends and insiders, and fresh insights into Diana’s traumatic upbringing, this is a revelatory tale of two formidable women and their extraordinary lives through marriage, divorce and tragedy.

Prod/Dir: Stephen Finnigan; Exec Prod: Iain Scollay; Prod Co: Firecrest Films

Airdate: Saturday 22 February 2020 at 8.00pm on Channel 4.

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