Third divorce for Princess Diana’s brother


Count Charles Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana, announced his divorce from Canadian philanthropist Karen Gordon on Sunday.

He gave this news exclusively to the British publication the Mail on Sunday confirmed, saying that he and Gordon already shared the news with their loved ones and staff at Althorp, the Spencers’ family estate in the United Kingdom, in March.

The couple got married in 2011 after apparently meeting each other on a blind date in Los Angeles.

Gordon was the earl’s third wife. The couple have one daughter, Charlotte (11).

According to Spencer, the marriage fell apart amid the “tension” that prevailed during the writing process of his “disturbing memoir”, which was published in March this year.

In this book, titled A Very Private SchoolSpencer writes candidly about the physical and sexual abuse he had to endure as a child in the boarding school by a female teacher.

He also shares more about the trauma he experienced when his mother abandoned him and Diana as children and they were consequently raised by a series of nannies.

“It is extremely sad,” he told the Mail on Sunday said. “I just want to dedicate myself to all my children and to my grandchildren, and I wish Karen every happiness in the future.”

He was married to model Victoria Aitken between 1987 and 1997. They have four children together, namely Lady Kitty Spencer (33), the twins Lady Eliza and Lady Katya Spencer (31) and Viscount Louis Frederick John Spencer (30) – heir to the Spencer title.

They moved to Cape Town in 1995, two years before their divorce, to escape the media attention of their struggling relationship. Although Spencer returned to England after the divorce, Victoria and her children remained in South Africa and divided their time between the two countries.

Kitty is married to South African-born billionaire Michael Lewis, chairman of Foschini and grandson of Meyer Lewis, who started the Lewis furniture retailer.

Katya also married Greg Mallett, nephew of former Springbok coach Nick Mallett, in 2023.

Spencer was also married to Caroline Freud between 2001 and 2007. They have two children together, Lara (18) and Edmund (21).

Additional resources: Mail on Sunday, People, Hello!