died peacefully at her London home. She was 84.
almost certainly attend the funeral in King's Lynn, Norfolk, next
As well as being grandmother to the Princess and Earl Spencer, Lady
Fermoy was a friend and close confidante of the Queen Mother. For more
than 30 years, she served as a lady-in-waiting at Clarence House and was
popular in royal circles.
She is widely suspected of being the matchmaker in the romance between
the Prince and Princess of Wales -- a role she strongly denied.
Lady Fermoy was a leading courtier, becoming Woman of the Bedchamber
to the Queen Mother in 1960 and a guiding light for the young Princess.
She was said to have seen her grand-daughter's decision to seek a
formal separation from the Prince as a betrayal of the royal family she
had served for so long.