Charles Spencer Calls Out Newspaper After They Apologize To Him 'For Lying About Depriving Diana Of A Home' Following Split From Prince Charles
A win for Charles Spencer! On Thursday, July 29, the 57-year-old took to Twitter to call outThe Times newspaper for printing false information.
In the article, Spencer was accused of not taking in his sister following her split from Prince Charles, in addition to wrongly suggesting that he failed to protect Diana from BBC reporter Martin Bashir.
The article also wrongly insinuated that Spencer was partly to blame for Diana's death in Paris in 1997.
"Today, for the third time, a ‘paper has been forced by the Law to apologise for lying about me 'depriving Diana of a home.' The guilty journalist this time? Janice Turner - aka @VictoriaPeckham of @thetimes. Yellow journalism," Spencer wrote on Twitter about the May 22 article.
Spencer also shared the "Corrections and Clarifications" section, where the outlet apologized to him for their mistakes.
"We wrongly stated that Earl Spencer had refused to assist Diana, Princess of Wales, with the offer of a house after the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles," the message read. "We are happy to report that having considered his sister's safety, and in line with police advice, the Earl offered the Princess of Wales a number of properties including Wormleighton Manor, the Spencer family's original ancestral home."
The note continued, "It was wrong to suggest he had refused to help his sister or had failed to protect her from Martin Bashir and concealed evidence of the latter's deception. We did not intend to suggest that the Earl was to blame for his sister's death. We apologise to the Earl and have agreed to pay his costs as well as make a payment to him which he will donate to charity."
After Diana and Charles called it quits, Spencer didn't let his sister use The Garden House cottage on his Althorp estate because a staff member needed it. However, Spencer offered his sister the 16th century mansion Wormleighton Manor, but she decided not to stay on the property altogether.
People took to social media to comfort Spencer following the ordeal.
One person wrote, "Hope it is a substantial amount like £100k," to which Charles replied, "They’re haggling, of course. No real shame."
"So sorry you had to defend yourself, they should remember to you Diana was your sister first not a royal and that’s why you love her and would help her," another user said.
"Spot on, Mandy. That’s the bottom line, and I’m grateful that you kindly acknowledge that," he wrote.