Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer shares rare family photo in sweet Mother’s Day tribute

Earl Charles Spencer attends the ICAP charity day at ICAP on December 9, 2015 in London, England.
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Princess Diana’s brother Charles, Earl Spencer, took to social media yesterday to pay tribute to their late mother Frances on Mother’s Day.

Princess Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer shared a rare family photograph on Twitter on Mother’s Day. The deeply personal snap gave a unique glimpse of one of his and Princess Diana’s parents - their late mother Frances Shand Kydd.

In the sweet black-and-white picture, Frances stares adoringly down at the sleeping baby held close in her arms. 

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Charles captioned the post simply, ‘Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere.’ 

Delighted fans were quick to respond to his post, echoing his sentiments and praising this intimate insight into the Spencer family. 

Happy Mother's Day. Especially to Diana,these days I miss her so much’, one wrote.

Another commented, ‘Your mother was lovely’, whilst a fellow Twitter user wrote, ‘Such a precious memory’. 

Princess Diana and Earl Spencer’s mother Frances sadly passed away in June 2004. Charles, Diana, and their siblings Sarah and Jane grew up together at Althorp House. And it seems that the historic house still holds a special place in the younger generations' hearts too. 

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Earlier this year, Charles’ daughter Lady Amelia Spencer revealed plans to marry at the Northamptonshire home. 

Today Althorp House belongs to father-of-seven Charles, who recently gave fans a sneak peek inside. Taking to Twitter, Earl Spencer posted a photo that showed a large projector screen on which a game was playing. In the foreground, Charles could be seen giving a talk on a laptop.

In the background, a sumptuous-looking rug and chair added a touch of glamour to the room. 

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‘Good effort by one of my children last night: not missing the sport, while loyally following my live talk to their school on The White Ship...! #thewhiteship #worldbookday’ the Earl captioned the post, a sense of self-deprecating humor shining through. 

This did not go unnoticed by Charles’ Twitter followers, many of whom commented on the relatable parent-child situation. 

‘I think it's known as "multi-tasking"!’ one shared, whilst another jokingly wrote, ‘Hey! Priorities! Sorry dad!’. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home,, and My Imperfect Life.