Diana shows ugly side

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PRINCESS Diana’s re­la­tion­ship with her step­mother Raine Spencer was fa­mously so volatile she would call her “Acid Raine”.

And now it has been re­vealed how on one oc­ca­sion the princess pushed Spencer down the stairs.

The bit­ter con­flict be­tween the women has been laid bare by staff at Diana’s an­ces­tral home, Althorp, in a new doc­u­men­tary.

In it, Spencer’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, Sue Howe, reveals how Diana flew into a vi­o­lent rage dur­ing a fam­ily gath­er­ing in 1989. The princess, a 28-year-old mother of-two at the time, be­lieved the then Lady Spencer had slighted her mother, Frances Shand Kydd.

As a re­sult, she reached out and shoved her step­mother down the stairs.

“She was badly bruised and dread­fully up­set,” Howe told Chan­nel 4’s Diana’s Wicked Step­mother, which aired in the UK on Thurs­day night.

Divor­cée Raine, daugh­ter of ro­mance writer Dame Bar­bara Cart­land, mar­ried Diana’s fa­ther, the 8th Earl Spencer, in July 1976.

She was hated by his chil­dren, who re­sented her “hold” over their fa­ther.

Diana spoke about the row on the in­fa­mous tapes recorded by her voice coach Peter Set­te­len.

In them, she says: “My step­mother and I ended up hav­ing this row. And I pushed her down the stairs. Which gave me enor­mous sat­is­fac­tion.” – Daily Mail

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