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Princess Diana's Brother Charles Reflects on Her Legacy Amid Controversy of Baby Lilibet's Name

Jené Liebenberg
Jun 11, 2021
10:50 A.M.
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Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, sat down with Lorraine to discuss the exciting arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child, Lilibet Diana.


The late Princess of Wales's brother, Earl Spencer, opened up about the media frenzy concerning the names that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen for their newborn daughter.

Earl Spencer shared that he had never fallen into the trap of viewing his family members from the media's perspective, something that he learned to do when Princess Diana stepped into the royal family.

Screenshot of Earl Spencer on Lorraine from June 10, 2021. | YouTube/ Lorraine



Earl Spencer is no stranger to the damaging effects that the media can have on an individual, and as the press focuses on the birth and naming of the Sussexes' newborn, the Earl is commenting on how he managed when his sister was at the center.

During his interview on the show "Lorraine," Earl Spencer reflected on his sister's legacy and shared that he always sticks to separating facts from fiction when dealing with the portrayal of family members in the press. He said:

"When Diana became Princess of Wales, I just sort of ploughed along on the same path. You separate the media personality from the real person..."


Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) attends the University games on her birthday in Canada, 1st July 1983. | Getty Images


Addressing the media frenzy surrounding the Sussexes, the Princess of Wales's brother also mentioned that he finds the media's determination to report on the royals difficult because he always keeps his family as his first priority.


The Earl is known to come to the defense of Princess Diana and does so whenever her legacy is in the balance.

Prince Harry and Markle's lawyers have been communicating with the BBC following reports that the Queen disapproved of them naming their daughter, Lilibet, in honor of her.

Lilibet is the reigning royal's nickname used by close family and friends, and while the BBC said that she didn't give her approval, others have reported that the couple spoke to the Queen before making their decision about the name.

Princess Diana attending "A Concert of Hope" as Patron of Ty Hafan: The Children's Hospice in Wales at the Cardiff International Arena in Wales, on 3 June, 1995 | Getty Images



Before the birth of Lilibet, the BBC was also in the hot seat concerning a previous report on the royal family. Lord Dyson launched an independent inquiry into Martin Bashir's interview with Princess Diana, and his findings were not pleasant.

The conclusion of the inquiry stated that the journalist employed "deceitful behavior" to secure the interview with the royal, which left Earl Spencer demanding an apology from the BBC.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) with her mother Frances Shand Kydd at the wedding of Diana's brother Viscount Althorp to Victoria Lockwood at St Mary's Church in Great Brington, Northamptonshire, 16th September 1989 | Getty Images



The Earl is known to come to the defense of Princess Diana and does so whenever her legacy is in the balance. He also spoke up when her story formed part of the royal fiction series "The Crown."

Earl Spencer shared that he is protective over his sister's legacy because he sees it as his duty to present her side of the story where he can.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) at a welcome ceremony in Tauranga, New Zealand, 31st March 1983.

The royal's brother is also protective over the rest of his family. The world got a rare glimpse into the Spencer family when he posted a photo of his mother, Frances Shand Kydd, for Mother's Day.

The snap shows a black and white photo of the mother cradling a week-old Spencer. Kydd was the mother of Princess Diana and four other children and sadly passed away in 2004.