Charles Spencer and Karen Announce Divorce After 13-Year Marriage

Earl Spencer Reveals Divorce, Expresses Sadness to The Mail on Sunday.

by Nouman Rasool
Charles Spencer and Karen Announce Divorce After 13-Year Marriage
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Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer and brother to the late Princess Diana, is to divorce his wife Karen after nearly 13 years of marriage. This revelation was shared with The Mail on Sunday, where Charles expressed his deep sadness over the separation.

The couple, who share a daughter named Charlotte Diana, age 12, had made their marital home at the historic Althorp House, where Charles and his sister Diana spent their childhoods. The announcement comes amid significant personal revelations from Charles, who has been candid about his struggles and personal growth in his recently penned memoir, A Very Private School.

In the memoir, he details his traumatic experiences at boarding school and his long journey through therapy as he tries to fathom his patterns in relationships. In his book, he discusses the profound impact on his life that being sent away to boarding school at the age of eight had and how he feels it crippled him, possibly permanently, from acquiring intimacy.

Charles & Karen's Union

Charles and Karen married inside Althorp House on June 18, 2011, two months after Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. Karen Spencer, a social entrepreneur and founder of Whole Child International, brought two daughters into the marriage from her previous union with Hollywood producer Mark Gordon.

On the other hand, Charles has children from two previous marriages: four with his first wife, Victoria Lockwood, and two with his second wife, Caroline Freud. In the wake of their separation, it was reported that Charles had grown close to Norwegian archaeologist Dr Cat Jarman, a co-host of the history podcast The Rabbit Hole Detectives, which he also partakes in.

Despite the early stages of this new connection, sources claim the pair seem pretty content. During a conversation with PEOPLE, Charles shared how Karen supported him through his intensive therapy while he worked on his memoir.

He acknowledged the challenges it posed for Karen but appreciated her unwavering support through what he described as a crucial and transformative period of his life. The couple announced their decision to divorce to the staff at Althorp House in April, marking the end of an era for the family and the historic estate.

As they navigate this transition, Charles has emphasized his commitment to his children and grandchildren, expressing his desire for Karen's happiness in her future endeavours.