EARL Spencer is the younger brother of Princess Diana.
Growing up, the two siblings shared a close bond, which they held up until Diana tragically died in 1997.
Who is Earl Spencer?
Born Charles Edward Maurice Spencer on May 20, 1964, Earl Spencer is Princess Diana's younger brother and Prince William and Prince Harry's maternal uncle.
He is the ninth Earl to inherit the Spencer title, which he did in 1992.
Queen Elizabeth II was his godmother, and his parents were the Viscount and Viscountess Althorp.
Earl Spencer had two other sisters, Sarah and Jane, and an older brother, John, who died within hours of being born.
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He studied at Eton and then read modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Earl Spencer has seven children from three marriages.
He first married Victoria Aitken in 1989 but the marriage was over by 1997.
The couple share four children – Kitty, Eliza, Amelia and Louis.
His second marriage was to Caroline Freud from 2001 until 2007.
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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 started his career as a journalist with NBC News where he worked between 1986 and 1995.
During his time there, he worked for Today and NBC Nightly News.
He also worked as a reporter for Granada Television from 1991 to 1993.
Earl Spencer has also written book reviews for several news organisations and a number of books about the family estate Althorp in Northamptonshire.
After the death of his father in 1992, Earl Spencer became a member of the House of Lords after he inherited his peerage.
He held this role until hereditary peers were excluded 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 Martin Bashir was found to have used fake documents and false allegations to win Diana's family's trust according to an independant investigation.
Bashir told Diana's brother – falsely – that she was under surveillance and those close to her were plotting against her, all to make her feel increasingly paranoid.
Earl Spencer also said BBC journalist Bashir used forged bank statements to convince her to do the Panorama interview in 1995.
He sees it as directly linked to his sister's death.
However, the Met said in September it had "not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence and will therefore be taking no further action".
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.
What has Earl Spencer said about Diana's funeral and resting place?
Earl Spencer claimed a royal courtier lied that Princes William and Harry wanted to walk behind their mother’s coffin, in an interview with BBC Radio 4.
He blasted the "truly horrifying" public spectacle saying that it still gives him nightmares.
He said: “I was liaising with some courtier at Buckingham Palace and he mentioned it and I said, ‘Of course they’re not going to do that’ . . . he said, ‘Well, it’s been decided’.
“I said she would not want them to do this, and there was lots of embarrassed coughing at the other end and various other conversations.
“Then eventually I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t but I didn’t realise that.”
In the interview, the Earl also revealed that ghouls had tried to break into Diana's grave four times, but the family had "seen them off" from their estate in Althorp, Northants.
Diana is buried on an island at the gated estate.
Earl Spencer explained: “Originally, we were going to bury Diana in the family tombs nearby, but it wasn’t to be.
“Both because it was impractical and because it would mean the local village being overrun.”
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