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SPENCERS VS. WINDSORS; PRINCESS'S BROTHER STARTS FEUD WITH FUNERAL SPEECH.



Byline: Ray Moseley Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune

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Earl Spencer's bitterly angry speech at the funeral of his sister, Princess Diana Noun 1. Princess Diana - English aristocrat who was the first wife of Prince Charles; her death in an automobile accident in Paris produced intense national mourning (1961-1997)
Diana, Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales
, has opened a feud between two powerful families, the Spencers and the Windsors, that are both frequently described as dysfunctional.

In his tribute to Diana on Saturday, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer Earl Spencer is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain that was created on 1 November 1765, along with the title Viscount Althorp, of Althorp in the County of Northampton, for John Spencer, 1st Viscount Spencer, a great-grandson of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. , referred indirectly, but with some derision, to the fact the Windsors had stripped his sister of the title Her Royal Highness “HRH” redirects here. For other uses, see HRH (disambiguation).

Royal Highness (abbreviation HRH) is a style (His Royal Highness or Her Royal Highness); plural Royal Highnesses (abbreviation TRH,
.

He also promised in the presence of Diana's former husband, Prince Charles Noun 1. Prince Charles - the eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the English throne (born in 1948)
Charles
, that the Spencers would not allow the couple's children, Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12, to grow up in royal stuffiness but would preserve in them Diana's own free spirit.

One newspaper Monday likened the division he had opened to the feud between the Montagues and Capulets Montagues and Capulets also known as Dance of the Knights is a score composed by Sergei Prokofiev. It is from Act I, Scene 2 of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. , the families from whom the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet

star-crossed lovers die as teenagers. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]

See : Death, Premature


Romeo and Juliet

archetypal star-crossed lovers. [Br. Lit.
 sprang in literary tragedy.

Another compared Earl Spencer to Mark Antony, the friend of the murdered Julius Caesar Julius Caesar: see Caesar, Julius.  who roused the people of Rome against the assassins.

Constitutional historian David Starkey
Not to be confused with David Starkey (maritime historian).


Dr. David Robert Starkey CBE (born 3 January 1945) is an English historian, and a specialist in the Tudor period.
 said, ``It was one of the cruelest speeches I have heard.''

The Spencers are a family whose noble lineage goes back to Tudor times, a family with ties of kinship that range from George Washington to Winston Churchill. They have lived at their Althorp estate in Northamptonshire since 1486. They are, in short, quintessential English aristocrats.

Diana's friend Rosa Monckton Rosamond Mary Monckton or Rosa Monckton, (born October 26, 1953), is a notable charity fundraiser. Background
Rosa is the daughter of the late Gilbert Monckton, 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.
 wrote Sunday that Diana was far prouder of being a Spencer than of being royal and would constantly tell herself when she felt challenged: ``Diana, remember you are a Spencer.''

The Windsors, the royal family, also have a long and distinguished history, but their English roots go back only to the early 18th century. The family was originally German, named Saxe-Coburg until World War I prompted King George King George has referred to many kings throughout history. When used, by Americans, without further reference it most often means George III of the United Kingdom, against whom the Whigs of the American Revolution rebelled.  V to change it. Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth, or Elizabeth, may refer to: Living people
  • Elizabeth II, Queen regnant of the Commonwealth Realms
Deceased people
Bohemia
 II married a Greek, Prince Philip, whose own family ancestry was German.

Both families have seen their share of troubles in recent years. All of the Windsor children, except Prince Edward who is single, have gone through divorces that were often, as in the case of Charles and Diana, tumultuous.

The Spencers have long been known as a difficult family, and many found supporting evidence in the fact Diana was continually firing and replacing members of her personal staff, evidently unable to get along with them.

Charles Spencer, 33, who has blamed British editors for Diana's death on the grounds they encouraged photographers to hound her, undoubtedly has personal reasons to be bitter toward the press.

When he was a bachelor, he came under criticism for his choice of friends, including the best man at his wedding, fellow Etonian Darius Guppy, who later was convicted of fraud.

Spencer's various love affairs also attracted a lot of press coverage, and he was christened ``Champagne Charlie'' for his exuberant lifestyle after he left Eton College and Oxford University.

In 1989 he went on television to denounce tabloid journalists as ``totally insensitive, evil people'' for harassing him and his fiancee, 24-year-old model Victoria Lockwood, whom he married that year.

Himself a television journalist who worked in British broadcasting and then for NBC NBC
 in full National Broadcasting Co.

Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network.
, Spencer attracted more unfavorable publicity as his wife was revealed to be an alcoholic and a victim of anorexia. She was in and out of various clinics before Spencer, apparently to escape the publicity, went to live in South Africa with their four children.

He is separated from his wife, but she lives near him in Cape Town. In 1995 he wrote to the Press Complaints Commission that journalists had constantly harassed his wife at a private clinic.

Yet at his 30th birthday party a year earlier, Spencer embarrassed guests by recalling his father's wish he should marry somebody who would stick by him through thick and thin.

``Those of you who know Victoria know that she's thick - and she's certainly thin,'' he said.

Six years ago Sally Ann Lasson, an old girlfriend, told a British tabloid she and Spencer had rekindled their love during a Paris weekend six months after his marriage.

Since Spencer's move to South Africa, the British tabloids have continued their coverage of him, including his liaisons with former model Josie Borain and model Chantal Collopy.

Like Diana and his surviving two sisters, Spencer had a painful childhood. Their mother walked out on them in the middle of the night when Diana was 6 and he was 3, saying she could no longer live with a bullying husband.

Their father's second wife, Raine, was loathed by Diana and her brother, and they nicknamed her ``Acid Raine.''

His blast at the royal family Saturday provoked a wave of applause from those listening to the funeral service outside Westminster Abbey, and the applause was taken up by those inside.

Diana's sons, and one of the young daughters of the Duchess of York Duchess of York is a title held by the wife of the Duke of York since the first Duke of York in 1384. The title is gained with matrimony alone and is forfeited on divorce. , joined in the applause. But adult members of the royal family sat in frozen-faced silence.

The British public is clearly divided over the wisdom of what Spencer did, as reflected in the letters columns of major newspapers. Readers of the liberal Guardian, for example, have mostly cheered him on, with one writing: ``Earl Spencer for president!''

In the Daily Telegraph, sometimes described as the bible of British conservatives, a few readers sided with Spencer. But most were highly critical, saying his remarks damaged the monarchy and were hurtful to Diana's sons as well.

The Times of London, with no letters on the subject in Monday's edition, deplored Spencer's words. In an editorial, it said he, rather than seeking reconciliation with the Windsors, had reopened old wounds.

Times columnist Peter Stothard said Spencer had ``thrown down a graceless gauntlet to his sovereign - and one that must damage his best hopes.''

The Times also carried an article by Sarah Bradford, a biographer of the queen, who wrote: ``Spencer's appreciation of his sister was magnificent; his bitterness devalued de·val·ue   also de·val·u·ate
v. de·val·ued also de·valu·at·ed, de·val·u·ing also de·val·u·at·ing, de·val·ues also de·val·u·ates

v.tr.
1. To lessen or cancel the value of.
 her memory.''

Bradford said his remarks were undoubtedly deeply upsetting for Diana's children, ``who only want love and unity around them.''

Newspaper reports Monday said Prince Charles was angry over Spencer's funeral tirade.

The Guardian quoted royal sources as saying Charles believed Spencer had misunderstood his close relationship with his sons. Charles also was dismissive of Spencer's promise to have a hand in to be concerned in; to have a part or concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.

See also: Hand
 how the boys were raised, the sources said, pointing out it would be ``impractical'' to think of him traveling back and forth from South Africa to perform this role.

In the Guardian, writer Matthew Engel put the feud between these powerful families in a historical perspective:

``Now we begin to understand why the most popular and enduring tragic plays of history have been written about kings and princes and earls, and not about, say, the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
 or the parliamentary Labor Party.''

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PHOTO (1 -- color) Earl Spencer lays flowers Monday on the Althorp estate island where his sister, Diana, is buried.

(2) Flowers left by mourners at the gates At the Gates are a Swedish melodic death metal band. They are one of the forebears of the Gothenburg sound of heavy metal along with other bands of the Gothenburg metal scene like Dark Tranquillity and In Flames.  to the Spencer family home at Althorp, Northamptonshire, are rowed across to the island in the lake on the estate where Princess Diana is buried.
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