Historian, writer, and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop has shone a light on Prince Harry’s strong connection with the Spencer family. Prince Harry has reportedly “maintained” a special bond with Princess Diana’s family despite the ongoing tension with members of the Royal Family, a royal expert has detailed. The Duke of Sussex has two maternal aunts and an uncle from his late mother, Princess Diana’s side.
Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes and Earl Charles Spencer are from the maternal side of the family. Historian, writer and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop told OK!: “He clearly has quite a good relationship with Charles Spencer, Jane and Sarah on the maternal side.” The royal expert further explained that Harry has “maintained” these relationships over the years. She added: “That side of the family seems to be better relations.”
Speaking about his relationship with the Spencers, Ms Dunlop said: “We know that Harry has leant into the idea of his mother’s legacy. “We know that Charles heavily bought into that idea of ‘Diana the hunted’ when he spoke so famously and memorabilia at her funeral, and attributed and certainly alluded to the idea of Diana as the victim of the paparazzi, of which you know. Harry has taken up.” She said “nobody ever talks about” the relationship he has with the Spencers.
She added: “While all the focus is on Harry and Meghan not having any family or relations, he clearly does have relations with the Spencers.” “And in Spare he talks about his two aunts and uncle being there when he and Meghan visited Diana’s grave.” In 2022, the Duke of Sussex took Meghan Markle to see his mother’s grave at their childhood home, Althorp House back in 2022.
In his memoir, Spare, Prince Harry spoke about the day the pair getting into a boat to row across to the private island on the estate to Diana’s final resting place. He went on to share that the vessel got stuck in the mud, but luckily Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer was on hand to give them “a little shove.” Harry recalled the day in his memoir: “Uncle Charles came down to the water’s edge, gave us a little shove. “We waved to him, and to my two aunts. Bye.
“See you in a bit. Gliding across the pond, I gazed around at Althorp’s rolling fields and ancient trees, the thousands of green acres where my mother grew up, and where, though things weren’t perfect, she’d known some peace.”