Charles Spencer Hires King Charles' Lawyer for Split with Diana's Sister

Charles Spencer opens up about personal growth, family focus

by Zain ul Abedin
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Charles Spencer Hires King Charles' Lawyer for Split with Diana's Sister
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Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer and brother to the late Princess Diana, has engaged the services of Fiona Shackleton, the high-profile attorney who once represented the future King Charles in his divorce from Princess Diana.

This development follows his recent announcement of his impending divorce from Karen Spencer, his wife of over a decade. Shackleton, a distinguished figure in legal circles, also represented other notable figures like Prince Andrew and Sir Paul McCartney in their respective divorce proceedings.

Her expertise was further recognized in 2010 when Queen Elizabeth appointed Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, becoming a life peer with a seat in the House of Lords. The Spencers' separation was made public just a day after Charles Spencer shared the news with The Mail on Sunday, describing the split as "immensely sad." He expressed a deep commitment to his family, stating, "I just want to devote myself to all my children and to my grandchildren, and I wish Karen every happiness in the future."

Spencer's Supportive Split

Charles and Karen, who have been married since June 18, 2011, share a daughter, Charlotte Diana, named in honor of Charles’ late sister.

The Earl has children from previous marriages, while Karen has daughters from her prior union with Hollywood producer Mark Gordon. The announcement of their divorce coincided with the release of Charles Spencer’s memoir, 'A Very Private School,' where he discusses his challenging experiences at boarding school and subsequent therapy.

In an exclusive with PEOPLE, he revealed how Karen supported him through his years of deep personal reflection and therapy. "Karen has been supportive," he shared, emphasizing the process's profound impact on him and expressing gratitude for her support during a transformative period in his life.

This divorce marks another chapter in the Spencer family's storied history, connecting past and present with the shared counsel of Baroness Shackleton, a figure woven into the fabric of British royal legal battles. The case underscores the complexities of intertwined personal and public lives as Charles Spencer navigates this deeply personal ordeal under the public eye.

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