RUTH, Lady Fermoy, maternal grandmother of the Princess of Wales, has
died peacefully at her London home. She was 84.
The Princess has decided to go ahead with a visit to Zimbabwe but will
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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.