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Princess Diana is nowhere to be found at Althorp, the family seat of the Spencers. Instead, it’s a monument to family treachery and the casual cruelty of the upper classes

By Julie Burchill   November 2009

“Ready?” my husband asked as I slid into the car. I always look forward to our trips, but it wasn’t as if we were on the way to the Hotel California via Route 66, or even our usual bickering, joyous peregrinations to the seaside towns of southwest England and north Wales.

No, we were going to Northamptonshire. Specifically, to Althorp, family seat of the Spencers, and the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. In Northampton, the football team is known as the Cobblers. Joe Mercer, when manager of Manchester City, once said: “The miracle of 1966 was not…

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