Who is Earl Spencer?
Earl Spencer, born Charles Edward Maurice Spencer on May 20, 1964, is Princess Diana’s younger brother as well as Prince William and Prince Harry’s maternal uncle.
He is the ninth Earl of Spencer, having inherited the title in 1992.
His godmother was Queen Elizabeth II, and his parents were the Viscount and Viscountess Althorp.
Earl Spencer had two other sisters, Sarah and Jane, as well as an older brother, John, who died shortly after birth.
He attended Eton and then Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied modern history.
Earl Spencer is the father of seven children from three marriages.
He married Victoria Aitken in 1989, but the marriage ended in 1997.
Kitty, Eliza, Amelia, and Louis are the couple’s four children.
From 2001 to 2007, he was married to Caroline Freud.
They had two children, Edmund and Lara.
He is now married to third wife Karen Gordon and the couple had a daughter – Charlotte Diana – in 2012.
What does Earl Spencer do for a job?
Earl Spencer began his career as a journalist at NBC News, where he worked from 1986 to 1995.
He worked for Today and NBC Nightly News during his time there.
From 1991 to 1993, he also worked as a reporter for Granada Television.
Earl Spencer has also written book reviews for several news organizations and a number of books about his family’s Northamptonshire estate, Althorp.
Earl Spencer inherited his peerage after his father died in 1992 and became a member of the House of Lords.
He served in this capacity until hereditary peers were barred on November 11, 1999.
In 2005, Spencer was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire – the Spencer family have had a long association with the county.
Earl Spencer is also a patron of the homelessness charity Northampton Hope Centre and a patron of the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.
What was Earl Spencer’s eulogy?
On August 31, 1997, the nation was left heartbroken after the news that Princess Diana had died after suffering fatal injuries in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.
Her funeral was held six days later at Westminster Abbey and was shown on British television, attracting an audience of 32.1 million viewers.
With the eyes of the world on him, Earl Spencer delivered an infamous eulogy to his sister where he lashed out at the media for how they treated the late Princess.
He also used the speech to make a thinly veiled attack on the Royal Family for stripping Diana of her status.
In his eulogy, he said: ””Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty.
“All over the world, she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality.
“Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic.”
He also pledged to Princes William and Harry that their “blood family” would protect them from the problems of being royal.
The public reaction when he delivered the speech made him a temporary hero – and it has been nominated as one of the greatest of the 20th Century.
How was Earl Spencer involved in the Martin Bashir scandal?
Disgraced According to an independent investigation, Martin Bashir used forged documents and false allegations to gain the trust of Diana’s family.
Bashir falsely informed Diana’s brother that she was being watched and that those close to her were plotting against her, all in an effort to make her feel more paranoid.
Earl Spencer also claimed that Bashir, a BBC journalist, used forged bank statements to persuade her to do the Panorama interview in 1995.
Earl Spencer said: “The irony is that I met Martin Bashir on the 31st of August 1995 because exactly two years later she died, and I do draw a line between the two events.”
“It’s quite clear from the introduction that I sat in on the 19th of September 1995 everyone was going to be made untrustworthy, and I think that Diana did lose trust in really key people.
“This is a young girl in her mid-30s who has lived this extraordinarily turbulent and difficult time in the public eye.
“She didn’t know who to trust and in the end, when she died two years later, she was without any form of real protection.”
Earl Spencer is still fighting to get justice for his late sister.