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The pair appeared relaxed in each other's company during a theatre date© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID

Charles Spencer enjoys night at the theatre with podcast host Dr Cat Jarman after announcing divorce

Princess Diana's brother has split from third wife, Lady Karen Spencer

Emily Horan
Entertainment Editor
June 17, 2024
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Days after announcing the end of his marriage, Earl Spencer was spotted enjoying a theatre trip in London with his podcast co-host Dr Cat Jarman. 

Charles, 60, and Cat, who is separated from her husband, were among the audience at the hit comedy musical The Book of Mormon and despite going through a turbulent time, the younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales appeared happy and relaxed. 

Photos showed him with his hand on the Norwegian archaeologist and author’s back, adding fuel to rumours of a potential new romance following reports that the pair were "becoming close". 

Charles and Cat, who launched their history-focused podcast Rabbit Hole Detectives Detectives with the Rev. Richard Coles in February 2023, seemed very happy with each other’s company, smiling and laughing together as they queued with fellow theatregoers outside the building. 

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Charles Spencer was dressed casually in grey jeans and a dark blue shirt© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Charles Spencer was dressed casually in grey jeans and a dark blue shirt

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Princess Diana's younger brother and his podcast host, Cat Jarman, went to watch The Book of Mormon© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Princess Diana's younger brother and his podcast host, Cat Jarman, went to watch The Book of Mormon

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Viking expert Dr Jarman completed a PhD at the University of Bristol in 2017© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Viking expert Dr Jarman completed a PhD at the University of Bristol in 2017
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Charles Spencer announced his divorce from his third wife over a week ago© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Charles Spencer announced his divorce from his third wife over a week ago

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Since announcing his separation from wife Karen,  it has been reported that Charles has hired divorce lawyer Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, known as the 'steel magnolia', to represent him© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Since announcing his separation from wife Karen, it has been reported that Charles has hired divorce lawyer Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, known as the 'steel magnolia', to represent him
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Dr Cat Jarman, 42, is separated from her husband© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Dr Cat Jarman, 42, is separated from her husband
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The pair appeared relaxed in each other's company during a theatre date© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
The pair appeared relaxed in each other's company during a theatre date
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For their outing, Cat opted for black jeans, a leather jacket and leather boots© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
For their outing, Cat opted for black jeans, a leather jacket and leather boots
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Charles Spencer and fellow podcast host Cat Jarman were photographed enjoying a theatre date last week© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Charles Spencer and fellow podcast host Cat Jarman were photographed enjoying a theatre date last week

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Cat has been helping Earl Spencer unearth a Roman villa in Althorp, the Spencer family estate in Northamptonshire© TOPSTAR-WJ IMAGES/BACKGRID
Cat has been helping Earl Spencer unearth a Roman villa in Althorp, the Spencer family estate in Northamptonshire

It followed his confirmation that he was divorcing his third wife, Karen, after 13 years of marriage. They have one daughter, Lady Charlotte, 12 next month. 

The Earl is also father to Lady Kitty, 33, twins Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia, 31, and his heir Viscount Althorp, 30, all from his first marriage to Victoria Aitken, plus Edmund, 20, and Lady Lara, 18, from his second marriage, to Caroline Freud. 

Announcing the split, he said: "It is immensely sad. I just want to devote myself to all my children and to my grandchildren and I wish Karen every happiness in the future."

Breaking the news

It is thought the emotional strain of writing his childhood memoir A Very Private School, in which Charles said he had suffered physical and sexual abuse while at boarding school, played a part in the marriage breakdown. 

The couple reportedly told staff at Althorp, the Spencer family seat in Northamptonshire, in March that their marriage was ending. 

Earl Charles Spencer and Countess Karen Spencer attend day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2015© Max Mumby/Indigo
Charles has split from his third wife, Lady Karen Spencer

The Earl married Canadian philanthropist Karen in June 2011 in the grounds of Althorp, after meeting the previous year on a blind date at a Los Angeles restaurant. 

In an emotional Instagram post at the beginning of the month, Karen, 52, told her social media followers her father had passed away following "a long battle" with Alzheimer’s disease and that she had been "happy to be there" to support her family, who live on Vancouver Island.

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