The irresistible draw of charmers with a colourful past

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The irresistible draw of charmers with a colourful past

With his aristocratic lineage, imposing country estate Althorp and a tragic family history that makes women want to look after him, Earl Spencer has never been short of female attention.

He is known for his impulsively romantic gestures, wearing his heart on his sleeve, sometimes practically from the first date.

Princess Diana's brother has announced his engagement to Canadian philanthropist Karen Gordon, who will become the third Countess Spencer in June, a whirlwind four months in to their courtship.

Model Victoria Lockwood, his first wife, apparently received a proposal of marriage a mere ten days in.

That union came to an acrimonious end amid reports of his adultery.

He then left his second wife Caroline Freud for American reporter Coleen Sullivan when their youngest child was four months old.

After a romance with Jane Yarrow – the ex-wife of a city financier, the British peer revealed his plans to marry Lady Bianca Eliot in March 2010.

Six months later that relationship also ended when they called off their engagement