When Lady Diana Spencer was preparing to marry Prince Charles, she seemed to be steady and even though she was bulimic, Diana seemed utterly focused on becoming Charles wife until the days immediately preceding the royal wedding at St. Paul’s. Then Diana wavered, and while most believe it was because she had just discovered the depth of Charles attraction to Camilla, she had known about it quite early on, so that wasn't the one thing scaring her.
Diana did have a case of the nerves attack her in the lead up to her wedding, but I believe she had known about Camilla and Charles’ very close friendship and thought she would be fine with it, but as her day drew closer with her fiancé not saying how much he loved and adored Diana, she had cold feet. Diana confessed this to her two older sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes. They had already entered the married state and thought their sister was nervous about all the attention, so they told Diana it was too late to back out now.
Lady Diana’s sisters were right. How would it have looked if she backed out with three days to go? Diana would have felt shame, so she held her head as high as she could, and the note her intended sent her the night before their wedding must have helped a bit at least. Prince Charles sent a note reading, "I'm so proud of you and when you come up I'll be there at the altar for you tomorrow. Just look 'em in the eye and knock 'em dead." This buoyed her spirits, hopefully.
Later, when the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was falling apart quite publicly, with Charles devotion to Camilla unearthed and Diana’s dalliances with other men published and acknowledged by the princess herself, Diana begged to stay at Althorp, her home, which her brother Charles, Earl Spencer now owned. Her marriage was in tatters, a divorce was ordered by the Queen, and Di’s brother was said to be so embarrassed by his sister that he denied her permission to stay at his huge home to rest and recover.
Some brother, right? Watching Charles Spencer yell about how Diana was treated badly by the paparazzi and royal family at her funeral, and that her sons would be looked after by the Spencer family was almost laughable. Diana was estranged from Charles Spencer at the time of her death, and she also was not speaking with her mother, Frances Shand Kydd over Diana’s involvement with a Muslim man. Diana was on getting along quite well with her stepmother, though.
Had she lived longer, Diana would have likely forged a stronger bond with her brother, who thought his sister had embarrassed his family by failing, and she would have made up with her mother too. Sadly, they never had that reconciliation. Diana was buried on his estate at Althorp, so Diana did finally come home. Her grave rests there today.