Kate Middleton and Prince William were absent from the wedding of Earl Charles Spencer, the younger brother of the late Princess Diana, at Diana and Spencer's ancestral home in England.
Spencer, the ninth Earl, tied knot with Canada-based Karen Gordon on Saturday. The couple announced their engagement in February and attended Prince William’s royal wedding at London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29.
However, the newlywed William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, did not attend their uncle’s wedding, which is Spencer’s third marriage, said media reports.
The Princess of Wales was killed along with her companion Dodi Al Fayed in August 1997, when their car crashed in a tunnel in Paris as they tried to flee from the media paparazzi.
A distressed brother of the slain princess then, Spencer had savaged Britain’s royal family in his eulogy at Princess Diana’s funeral service in 1997.
However, he was later spotted at quite a few royal family ceremonies. He attended the unveiling of the memorial fountain dedicated to Diana at Hyde Park in London, on July 6, 2004, almost seven years after he addressed media at his sister’s funeral, raising controversies regarding Diana's treatment by the royal family.
Have a look at some of the old pictures of Diana’s brother with the royal family:
Diana's brother announced his engagement in February and attended Prince William’s royal wedding at London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29.
Britain's Prince Prince William (2L) talks with the brother of the late Princess Diana, Earl Spencer (2R) as they stand with Prince Harry (L) and Prince Charles (R) during the unveiling of a memorial fountain dedicated to Diana at Hyde Park in London, July 6, 2004. REUTERS/David Bebber
Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, into Westminster Abbey September 6, 1997. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
Earl Spencer (L) Prince William (2nd L) , Prince Harry and Prince Charles (R) watch as the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales is driven away in a hearse from Westminster Abbey following her funeral service September 6, 1997. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Charles Spencer addresses journalists after Diana's death. TERS/Mike Hutchings