Sarah also attended the wedding of her nephew Prince William to Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011.
More DetailsHide DetailsIt is said that William and Catherine are close to Lady Sarah, with whom they spent a weekend on the 16th anniversary of Diana's death.
It was later revealed that Lady Sarah had offered Paul Burrell, the butler to Diana, anything he wanted from Diana's possessions which he refused. However Burrell was seen by a policeman loading his car with Diana's possessions at on a day after she died. According to Sarah they were "only the clothes she had been wearing on the night she was killed". She said after her sister died she had shredded some of her letters and took some personal clothing home.
Sarah has shared a lifelong close relationship with her younger sister Jane. Author Anne Edwards, who wrote a best selling biography on the life of Diana, said Diana's two older sisters were extremely close and loyal to each other. Sarah gave her first child, Emily, the middle name of 'Jane' in a tribute to her younger sister. Her relationship with younger brother Earl Spencer has been volatile at the best of times. As the eldest and the youngest of the Spencer children, they have clashed frequently in adulthood and childhood. In recent years, possibly due to the death of their sister, the siblings appear to have settled previous differences.
She became a master of the Belvoir Hunt in May 2010.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe has been a member of the hunt for many years. Lady Sarah was also president of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Since the death of her sister Diana, Lady McCorquodale had to spend much of her time fretting over the accounts of the charity that was set up in the Princess' memory. It had raised an astonishing £100 million for good causes, however it attracted controversy with its legal actions to protect the princess' copyright, including a disastrous case against the Franklin Mint. The Fund closed at the end of 2012.
She and her family reside near Grantham, Lincolnshire where she served a one-year term as High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 2009, the unpaid enforcer of the Queen's writ in the county.
Lady Sarah was accompanied by her husband and their children to the service of thanksgiving for the life of Diana at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997.
More DetailsHide DetailsSarah was a lover of Charles, Prince of Wales, prior to his marriage to her younger sister Diana. She later commented on her sister's marriage saying: "I introduced them. I'm Cupid."
Sarah married Neil Edmund McCorquodale (born 1951), son of Alastair McCorquodale and Rosemary Sybil Turnor, on 17 May 1980 in Northamptonshire, England.
More DetailsHide DetailsNeil McCorquodale is a 2nd cousin once removed of Lady Sarah's stepmother, Raine Spencer.
Neil and Lady Sarah McCorquodale have three children;
Emily was discovered to be suffering from plasmacytoma, a form of cancer which usually affects the elderly, after she fell ill in 2003. She was given radiotherapy treatment at Nottingham Hospital for several tumours close to her spine.
In 1977, Sarah's relationship with Prince Charles led to the first meeting between Diana and her future husband.
More DetailsHide DetailsDuring the period in which she dated the prince, she allegedly met two reporters, James Whittaker and Nigel Nelson, at a restaurant and gave them an exclusive report on her royal connection. She is said to have admitted to having been diagnosed with anorexia, having "thousands of boyfriends", a past problem involving alcohol, and that she had started keeping a scrapbook of all the press clippings about her royal romance that she intended to "show" future grandchildren. "Her head seemed to be turned by the publicity", the two reporters later said. She also declared that she would not marry Charles "if he were the dustman or the King of England". When the article was released, she showed it to the prince, which made him furious and he replied, "You've just done something incredibly stupid". The relationship dissolved soon after that. Some have stated the relationship between her and Diana was strained, because of her long resentment of the Prince marrying Diana and not her, though others (including Diana's biographer Andrew Morton) have said she was one of the few people Diana trusted. Later in Diana's life, she often accompanied Diana on official visits as one of her ladies-in-waiting. Lady Sarah was also in regular contact with Diana immediately before her death and talked to her the day before she was killed.
Sarah was born The Honourable Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia Spencer; she acquired the courtesy title The Lady Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia Spencer in 1975, when her grandfather died and her father became the 8th Earl Spencer.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa in her early twenties. She was educated firstly at Riddlesworth Hall School in Norfolk and secondly at West Heath boarding school near Sevenoaks in Kent. After passing O Level exams she left West Heath to work in London.
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