Lady Sarah McCorquodale
|Lady Sarah McCorquodale|
|Born||The Honourable Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia Spencer
19 March 1955
|Residence||Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire|
|Known for||Eldest sister of Diana, Princess of Wales|
|Title||The Lady Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia Spencer|
|Spouse(s)||Neil Edmund McCorquodale (m. 1980)|
|Children||Emily Jane McCorquodale (b.1983)
George Edmund McCorquodale (b.1984)
Celia Rose McCorquodale (b.1989)
|Parents||John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
Frances Shand Kydd
|Relatives||Diana, Princess of Wales (sister)|
The Lady Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia McCorquodale (born 19 March 1955) is the oldest sister of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Early life 
Sarah was born The Honourable Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia Spencer; she acquired the courtesy title The Lady Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia Spencer in 1975, when her grandfather died and her father became the 8th Earl Spencer. She suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa in her early twenties. She was educated firstly at Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk and secondly at West Heath boarding school near Sevenoaks in Kent. She left West Heath after passing O Level exams to work in London.
Sarah married Neil Edmund McCorquodale (born 1951), son of Alastair McCorquodale and Rosemary Sybil Turnor, on 17 May 1980 in Northamptonshire, England. Neil McCorquodale is a nephew of Lady Sarah's stepmother, Raine Spencer.
Neil McCorquodale and Lady Sarah McCorquodale have three children
- Emily Jane McCorquodale (born 2 July 1983) married James Hutt 9 June 2012
- George Edmund McCorquodale (born 17 November 1984)
- Celia Rose McCorquodale (born 1989)
Prince Harry of Wales bears a striking resemblance to her, as does her son, George. Lady Sarah was accompanied by her husband and children to the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Diana at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997.
Diana, Princess of Wales 
In 1977, Sarah's relationship with Prince Charles led to the first meeting between Diana and her future husband. During the period in which she dated the prince, she allegedly met two reporters, James Whittaker and Nigel Nelson, at a restaurant and gave them an exclusive report on her royal connection. She is said to have admitted to having been diagnosed with anorexia, having "thousands of boyfriends", a past problem involving alcohol, and that she had started keeping a scrapbook of all the press clippings about her royal romance that she intended to "show" future grandchildren. "Her head seemed to be turned by the publicity", the two reporters later said. When the article was released, she showed it to the prince and he replied, "You've just done something incredibly stupid". The relationship dissolved soon after that. Some have stated the relationship between her and Diana was strained, because of her long resentment of the Prince marrying Diana and not her, though others (including Diana's biographer Andrew Morton) have said she was one of the few people Diana trusted. Later in Diana's life, she often accompanied Diana on official visits as one of her Ladies in Waiting. 
Upon the death of Diana on 31 August 1997, Sarah, along with her younger sister Jane and Prince Charles flew to Paris to accompany Diana's body back to England. She, like her younger siblings, contributed to the readings at her sister's funeral. She was co-executor of Diana's will and is President of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Sarah also attended the wedding of her nephew Prince William to Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011.
Other siblings 
Sarah has shared a lifelong close relationship with her younger sister Lady Jane. Author Anne Edwards, who wrote a best selling biography on the life of Diana, said Diana's two older sisters were extremely close and loyal to each other. Sarah gave her first child, Emily, the middle name of 'Jane' in a tribute to her younger sister. Her relationship with younger brother Earl Spencer has been volatile at the best of times. As the eldest and the youngest of the Spencer children, they have clashed frequently in adulthood and childhood. In recent years, possibly due to the death of their sister, the siblings appear to have settled previous differences.
"I play second fiddle to no one!" when asked about taking up the role as informal Lady-in-Waiting to her sister.
- The London Gazette: . 19 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
- Walker, Tim (19 Mar 2010). "Lady Sarah McCorquodale, sister of Diana, Princess of Wales, becomes a master of the hunt". Daily Telegraph.
|Ancestors of Lady Sarah McCorquodale|
- Lady Sarah McCorquodale picture Lady Sarah McCorquodale leaving the high court at her sisters (Diana, Princess of Wales) inquest.