TWENTY years ago, Earl Spencer took to the pulpit at his sister the Princess of Wales’s funeral and delivered a eulogy that went down as one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century.
However, Diana’s younger brother was all smiles during the wedding of his nephew Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Here’s all you need to know…
News Group Newspapers Ltd Earl Spencer is Princess Diana’s younger brother
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 Harry’s maternal uncle.
Queen Elizabeth II is his godmother and his parents were the Viscount and Viscountess Althorp.
Earl Spencer had two other sisters, Sarah and Jane, and an elder brother John who died within hours of being born.
He studied at Eton and then read modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford.
News Group Newspapers Ltd Earl Spencer with Princess Diana in 1984
What does Earl Spencer do for a job?
He started his career as a journalist with NBC News where he worked between 1986 and 1995 for Today and NBC Nightly News.
Earl Spencer also worked as a reporter for Granada Television from 1991 to 1993.
He has written book reviews for several newspapers and a number of books about the family estate Althorp in Northamptonshire.
On March 29, 1992, Earl Spencer succeeded as 9th Earl Spencer, 9th Viscount Althorp, 9th Viscount Spencer of Althorp, 9th Baron Spencer of Althorp, and 4th Viscount Althorp after his dad’s death.
He was a member of the House of Lords until hereditary peers were excluded on November 11, 1999.
Earl Spencer is a patron of homelessness charity Northampton Hope Centre and also helped establish Althorp Living History – a furniture line reproducing pieces from the collection at Althorp.
AP:Associated Press Earl Spencer stand with Prince William at Diana’s funeral in 1997
What was Earl Spencer’s eulogy?
Princess Diana died on August 31 1997, 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 Diana.
He also used the speech to make a thinly veiled attack on the Royal Family for stripping Diana of her status.
Earl Spencer said: “Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty.
Getty Images Earl Spencer in the middle of Princes William and Harry, flanked by Prince Philip and Prince Charles
“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.