Princess Diana's Brother Charles Spencer Shares Heartwarming Throwback Pic of Their Mom Frances

Bettina Dizon
Mar 16, 2021
02:50 A.M.
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Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, honored their mother, Frances Shand Kydd, through a Tweet for Mother's Day.

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Princess Diana grew up with her brother, Charles, and sisters, Sarah and Jane, at Althorp House in Northamptonshire, a property owned by their father, Earl John Spencer.

Spending their childhood years side-by-side, Diana and Charles grew close. According to him, when she passed, the late princess left her brother as her son's guardian.

Princess Diana during a dinner given by President Mitterand on November 1, 1988, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. | Source: Getty images

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CELEBRATING FRANCES

Charles, who now owns Althorp house, recently paid tribute to their mother, Frances Shand Kydd, on social media as the United Kingdom celebrated Mother's Day. He wrote:

"Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere."

Charles' tweet came alongside a throwback black-and-white photo of his mother cradling a newborn. Kydd looked beautiful wearing a double-breasted outfit as she smiled down at the baby.

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ALTHORP HOUSE

Diana's brother often posts photos on his Twitter and Instagram page, showing glimpses of the Althorp House, which boasts of 90 rooms sitting on 550 acres of land.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers revealed that the show has not been fair in portraying characters, including Prince Charles.

Some of the home's beautiful areas are the library, which has several bookshelves and chandeliers, the saloon, which has a large staircase with wooden railings, and the Marlborough room, which seats up to 42 guests during formal dinners.

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ADDRESSING "THE CROWN"

Previously, makers of the hit Netflix drama series, "The Crown," asked Charles if they could film in his family's ancestral home, to which he declined. In an interview on "Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh," as reported by Today, he said:

"[...] People see a program like that, and they forget that it is fiction [...] they have watched 'The Crown' as if they have taken a history lesson."

According to Charles, he feels obligated to stand up for Diana as much as possible as she trusted him enough to be the guardian of his two boys, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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FROM A ROYAL HISTORIAN'S PERSPECTIVE

Many have tuned in to the popular series since it aired, but like Charles, not everyone believes it to be true. Royal historian Hugo Vickers revealed that the show has not been fair in portraying characters, including Prince Charles.

Vickers noted that during Season 4, everything about Charles is viewed from Diana's accounts and is damaging to his reputation as next in line for the throne.

Diana and Charles tied the knot in 1981 and divorced in 1996. In "The Crown," Emma Corrin plays the People's Princess, while Josh O'Connor takes the role of Charles.

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