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Lady Fermoy, Princess Diana’s Grandmother Dies

July 7, 1993 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ Princess Diana’s grandmother, the Dowager Lady Fermoy, has died at age 84, Buckingham Palace said today.

Ruth, Lady Fermoy, died Tuesday after a short illness. Other details were not made public. Funeral plans had not yet been set.

Diana was said to be close to her maternal grandmother, who comforted her after her parents divorced when she was 8. Lady Fermoy’s death comes slightly more than a year after Diana’s father, Earl Spencer, died.

Lady Fermoy has been a trusted friend of the British royal family since 1931, when she married the 4th Lord Fermoy.

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She and the Queen Mother, the widow of King George VI, were said to have acted as matchmakers for their respective grandchildren, Diana and Prince Charles.

It was a claim she always denied.

Charles and Diana married in 1981 and separated in December 1992.

Lady Fermoy is survived by Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd, and another daughter. Her husband died in 1955 and her son, the 5th Lord Fermoy, committed suicide in 1984.