The late Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, a writer and a nobleman, recently opened up on the discovery of their father's contributions in WWII.
The Princess of Wales had a dad who possessed military prowess. John Spencer, the 8th Earl Spencer, played a crucial role in World War II. However, he didn't want his family to be aware of what he did in a disastrous world war which redefined nations.
Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. | Photo: Getty Images
Following his dad's passing decades later, the British journalist and author, revealed in an interview with Today, that he delved into his father's secrets the moment he received an unexpected letter.
The Princess's younger brother admitted that the rest of the family was kept in the dark as regards the war veteran's heroic role in the world war.
The 9th Earl Spencer expressed his shock after reading the content of the letter that addressed his father's noble act. An act which helped in liberating some villages he responded to.
Johnnie Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, father of Princess Diana, leaves St Mary's Hospital after visiting his newborn grandson, William Arthur Philip Louis | Photo: Getty Images
"My family and I really didn't know anything about my father's war stories beyond the barest minimum. So I always had the question mark as to what he had done. I got this letter out of the blue a few years ago… And I wrote back."
Princess Diana's father as a 20-year-old was instrumental to the freedom of a pair of French towns, namely La Vieille-Lyre and La Neuve-Lyre. Under his command and leadership in the Royal Scots Greys section, he fought the Battle of Normandy in 1944.
Charles, 9th Earl Spencer delivers remarks at ChinaWeek's Business Summit VIP Dinner at Empress Pavilion on May 11, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images
The author revealed that although his dad's name is mostly attached to his sister's wedding to the royals in 1981, the battle leader also "had his own story."
He kicked the bucket in 1992, after battling a stroke for some years, but is forever in the minds of many.
A story that continues to ring in the hearts of many French citizens after seven decades of freedom from a despotic German rule, in the course of the 75th anniversary to mark their freedom, Charles acknowledged that he felt proud of his dad listening to the good things people said about him.
Lady Karen Spencer and Earl Charles Spencer arrive at the opening of "Refugee" at The Annenberg Space For Photography on April 21, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images
They detailed their experiences with the young military personnel and how they remain forever indebted to the "British Troops." In his words:
"At the end of the gathering, several of us released doves of peace into the air… I was proud to represent my father in Normandy, but left wondering how I would have coped if I had been 20, in wartime."
John's son remarked that he gave full participation in the ceremony in Normandy, and even went as far as drinking their local apple drink which was offered to his father, years ago.
Diana, Princess of Wales enters St. Paul's Cathedral on the hand of her father, Earl Spencer, for her marriage to Charles | Photo: Getty Images
Apart from unearthing the truth about his dad's role in the world war, the Althorp titleholder has played a vital role in refurbishing his inherited cottage on the Althorp estate.
The people of Normandy applauds John Spencer for his immense contributions. His son's recent discovery showed how the French people would never forget their liberator!
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