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The experience was described as "humiliating" by Diana's younger brother, Charles: "It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don't think they ever got over it." The Spencers leased the house from its owner, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Family frequently holidayed at the neighbouring Sandringham House, and Diana played with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as a child.
This was followed by an invitation to Balmoral (the Royal Family's Scottish residence) to meet his family one weekend in November 1980.
Lady Diana was well received by the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh.
She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Diana was involved with dozens of charities including London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of which she was president from 1989.
The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne.
As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas.
Within a few years of the wedding, the Queen extended Diana visible tokens of membership in the Royal Family; she lent the Princess the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, In January 1982—twelve weeks into the pregnancy—Diana fell down a staircase at Sandringham, and the royal gynaecologist Sir George Pinker was summoned from London.
She took a series of low-paying jobs; she worked as a dance instructor for youth until a skiing accident caused her to miss three months of work.
She then found employment as a playgroup pre-school assistant, did some cleaning work for her sister Sarah and several of her friends, and acted as a hostess at parties.
Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral.
The Spencers were hoping for a boy to carry on the family line, and no name was chosen for a week, until they settled on Diana Frances, after her mother and after Lady Diana Spencer, a many-times-great-aunt who was also a prospective Princess of Wales.