Charles Spencer – Keynote Speaker

Historian, Author, and Brother of Diana, Princess of Wales

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Specialist Subjects

  • British-American Relations
  • History of the British Crown
  • Generational Succession
  • Wealth and Legacy



  • English


Charles Spencer was the only brother of Diana, Princess of Wales. His speech at Diana’s funeral was judged one of the 14 best of the 20th century by The Guardian.

Spencer and his family live at Althorp, which was built by the Spencer family in 1508. It is one of the most beautiful and best-loved historic homes in the UK. At the age of 27, Spencer inherited Althorp, becoming the ninth Earl Spencer and over the last 25 years he has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Estate continues to thrive and adapt to modern times. Spencer helped establish Althorp Living History, a handmade fine furniture line faithfully reproducing pieces from the historic collection at Althorp. In 2003, he founded the Althorp Literary Festival, an annual celebration of books, authors, and reading held at Althorp.

Spencer is an author, broadcaster, and journalist. As a print journalist, he has written book reviews for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Financial Times and other British newspapers. He has written feature stories for newspapers and magazines in the United Kingdom and the United States, including The Spectator and Vanity Fair. He is the author of six history books including two U.K. bestsellers: Blenheim, Battle for Europe, shortlisted for Historical Book of the Year at the National Book Awards; and Killers of the King, the second highest-selling history book in the United Kingdom in 2014. To Catch a King was released in August 2017 and has now just been released in paperback.

While living for 4 years in South Africa he served as a Trustee of Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund and is currently patron of several British charities, including the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, the Brain Tumour Charity, and Thomas’ Fund.

A prolific author, he has written six bestselling history books with two more scheduled for publication in 2020.

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