Earl Spencer Explains Himself

Earl Spencer, brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, said Wednesday he created his memorial to her at their Althorp family home after being haunted by “this nightmare vision of (Princes William and Harry) never being able to spend an hour there quietly.” The Earl, speaking at a luncheon of the Association of American Correspondents in London, said the young Princes have an open invitation to visit Althorp, the family estate, which is only open to the public for two months each year. Earl Spencer said the two boys have visited their mother’s grave, though he declined to say how much time he has spent with them since their mother died. (At Diana’s funeral, the Earl vowed that the Spencers would help raise William and his brother, Prince Harry, in the “imaginative and loving” way Diana intended — which was interpreted as a swipe at the emotionally aloof Royal Family.)

  • The Earl, who criticized the British press after Diana’s death, said he has since stopped reading newspapers altogether.
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