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Old 05-11-2017, 04:40 PM
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I agree Denville, nannies are not the issue. I've read where it was claimed that Johnnie was kind of a lazy father, not standoffish he just didn't take an interest in much to do about his kids, at least not the younger ones. I don't doubt he loved them but he didn't seem to want to spend the time to guide them.

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well lazy I'd expect. I wouldn't expect him to get involved in childcare, or even not to send them to boarding school. But it seems as if he became very reclusive after Frances' departure, and probably rebuffed the children's attenpts to look for a bit of comfort and consolation from him.
Its said that Diana used to follow him round and try to do little things for him like make hm cups of tea, clearly the poor child was lonely and frightened and wanting to "look after" her dad thinking that he too was lonely. Perhaps he just wasn't bright enough to realise that. He did spoil them with material things but he seems to have let nannies come and go, let the kids play them up and then move on to another one. not make any effort to make up to the 2 younger ones for their mothers disappearance from their daily lives. And Frances, its said would get very emotional when the children visited her and upset them, and Diana would cry when they were going home saying that her mother was "all alone without them". When it would be pointed out to her that her mother had her husband to keep her company, I don't think anyone realised that SHE was the one who was alos lonely without her mother.
but gradauly it seems like Frances moved to Scotland and was less accessbile. Diana went ot school and adjusted up to a point but I think she could never quite forgive or forget her Mohter leaving and then upsetting her... and when she was going through her problems in later life, and Frances was an alcoholic, she was on a hair trigger, ready to flare up at her mother.. and had that big row...

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