How Prince Harry has ‘maintained’ special relationships with the Spencer family

Prince Harry has "maintained" a special relationship with the family on his mother's side, a royal expert said – despite the ongoing rift between members of the Royal Family.

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.

Speaking exclusively to OK! historian, writer and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop said: "He clearly has quite a good relationship with Charles Spencer, Jane and Sarah on the maternal side." The royal expert went on to say that these relationships have been "maintained" by Harry.

"That side of the family seems to be better relations", she added. Compared to the rift between other members of the Royal Family where Tessa said: "At the moment there's no point in pretending" about these relationships.

Explaining his relationship with the Spencers Tessa 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".

Tessa went on to add that "nobody ever talks about" the relationship he has with the Spencers and "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", Tessa said.

Harry took his wife, Meghan Markle to see his mother's grave at their childhood home, Althorp House back in 2022, near the 25th anniversary of her death – the royal explained in the epilogue of his book. The Duke went on to describe 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 craft 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."

It was reportedly the first time Harry had taken Meghan to visit his mother's burial site. "I was finally bringing the girl of my dreams home so she would meet my mother", Spare reads.


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