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James, Earl of Wessex is following in father Prince Edward’s footsteps in a new way

James, Earl of Wessex is following in father Prince Edward’s footsteps in a new way

James, Earl of Wessex, and youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, was spotted wearing an unusual accessory at today’s Royal Windsor Horse Show – a signet ring.  Gentleman’s Gazette explains the history and significance of a signet ring: “For wealthy and important men, a signet ring was a powerful tool akin to a signature: the engravings on the ring were unique to the man who wore it, and if he used the face of the ring like a seal, he could stamp his symbol into ink, wax, clay, or similar surfaces, and in doing so leave a mark similar to the way that we sign documents today.”  James joins his father, Prince Edward, and his uncle, King Charles, in the royal tradition of wearing a signet ring.  © Getty ImagesThe then Prince of Wales wearing his signet ring and wedding ring to Princess Diana in 1993 Jewellery historian Helen Dimmick tells HELLO! about the history behind the ring King Charles is never seen without, even though he is no longer Prince of Wales. “Since …

Charles Spencer’s children: everything you need to know about the Earl of Spencer family life

Charles Spencer’s children: everything you need to know about the Earl of Spencer family life

Charles, the Ninth Earl Spencer, has been on a recent promotional tour in support of his memoir, A Very Private School, a publication described as an honest and open account of his childhood years at boarding school. The 59-year-old, who is the younger brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, has detailed some harrowing stories from his time as a schoolboy, including abuse he faced at the hands of staff.  This is not his first published book, however, as the Earl is an esteemed writer having published many titles before including Althorp: The Story of an English House and The Spencer Family, both of which centre around his heritage and family’s lineage. When the Earl isn’t busy writing books, he can be found at Althorp House, where the late Princess of Wales and his other two older sisters grew up. © GettyCharles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer and his wife, Karen Spencer arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle Charles lives there with his third wife, Karen Gordon whom …

‘I don’t think I developed emotionally’: Earl Spencer on the pain of boarding-school abuse | Private schools

‘I don’t think I developed emotionally’: Earl Spencer on the pain of boarding-school abuse | Private schools

It was one thing writing about the abuses of his childhood, Charles Spencer tells me, with half an ironic laugh; it’s quite another talking about them with strangers. When we meet in an office at his publisher, he is reeling a bit from this new fact of his life. The more sensational chapters of his memoir of a deeply traumatic five years at the Northamptonshire prep school Maidwell Hall had been splashed all over the previous week’s Mail on Sunday. The following morning, he had been a guest on Lorraine Kelly’s mid-morning TV sofa, raking over the painful detail of that long-buried past for the viewers. As a result, he says, apologising if he seems a bit strung out, he’s had two days of thumping headaches followed by vivid nightmares. The early responses to his book about being sent away from home to be brutalised at school at eight years old have been instructive. On the one hand he’s had a mailbox of emails from fellow survivors, praising his courage in speaking up for the …

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer: My son had nightmares about my school abuse ordeal | Royal | News

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer: My son had nightmares about my school abuse ordeal | Royal | News

Princess Diana’s younger brother has admitted his harrowing account of abuse at boarding school has given one of his own sons nightmares. In his memoir A Very Private School, Earl Spencer, 59, has detailed physical and sexual assaults he suffered at the exclusive Maidwell Hall prep school in Northamptonshire. Public reaction to his devastating book has been “incredibly generous”, he told the Express, but it has had a devastating effect on his son Louis, 30. The earl said: “I showed him an earlier draft of it and he had to stop reading it because he was having nightmares. “So he just stopped reading it – he just couldn’t bear it.” The father of seven, said two of his sons had decided to be weekly boarders in their mid-teens. “My second son, who’s 20 now, really wanted to do it because he had a half-brother from his mother’s side who had gone to that school and had done well. But he really struggled.” He added: “The school was incredibly kind and they let me and his …

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says he was sexually abused aged 11 at boarding school

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says he was sexually abused aged 11 at boarding school

Earl Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, has said he was sexually abused as a child. The 59-year-old has detailed the sexual assaults and beatings he suffered by a female staff member when he was at Maidwell Hall boarding school. He says in his memoir he was abused by an assistant matron when he was 11, leaving him with such trauma that he self-harmed over the notion she may leave the school. Earl Spencer, who said he’d been left with lifelong “demons” after the abuse, wrote: “There seemed to be an unofficial hierarchy among her prey… she chose one boy each term to share her bed and would use him for intercourse. “Her control over mesmerised boys was total, for we were starved of feminine warmth and desperate for attention and affection.” Read more:BBC releases 3,000 documents on how Bashir secured Diana interviewPrincess Diana crash investigators reveal ‘frustration’ Earl Spencer said he lost his virginity to an Italian prostitute at the age of 12 as a result of the abuse he suffered. He wrote: …

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says he was sexually abused aged 11 at boarding school | UK News

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says he was sexually abused aged 11 at boarding school | UK News

Earl Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, has said he was sexually abused as a child. The 59-year-old has detailed the sexual assaults and beatings he suffered by a female staff member when he was at Maidwell Hall boarding school. He says in his memoir he was abused by an assistant matron when he was 11, leaving him with such trauma that he self-harmed over the notion she may leave the school. Earl Spencer, who said he’d been left with lifelong “demons” after the abuse, wrote: “There seemed to be an unofficial hierarchy among her prey… she chose one boy each term to share her bed and would use him for intercourse. “Her control over mesmerised boys was total, for we were starved of feminine warmth and desperate for attention and affection.” Read more:BBC releases 3,000 documents on how Bashir secured Diana interviewPrincess Diana crash investigators reveal ‘frustration’ Earl Spencer said he lost his virginity to an Italian prostitute at the age of 12 as a result of the abuse he suffered. He wrote: …

Meet Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie’s children: all about Lady Louise and James, Earl of Wessex

Meet Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie’s children: all about Lady Louise and James, Earl of Wessex

Out of all the late Queen and Prince Philip’s children, it is only Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie who found love on the first try, with the pair’s relationship still going strong since they walked down the aisle in 1999. The pair’s romance has seen them welcome two children together. At 23:32 on 8 November 2003, Edward and Sophie’s first child, Lady Louise Windsor, was born, however it was far from an easy birth for the then Countess of Wessex. Lady Louise was born prematurely and delivered through a caesarean section after Sophie went through a placental abruption. The birth was so sudden that Edward wasn’t even present for the moment his firstborn was welcomed into the world. You may also likeWATCH: Relive this sweet moment between Lady Louise Windsor and cousin Prince George at family wedding Edward and Sophie would become parents again in 2017 with the arrival of their son, James. The young royal was born on 17 December 2007 and like his sister was born through a cesarean section. Unlike other royal …

Benjamina Ebuehi’s recipe for earl grey cardamom buns | Baking

Benjamina Ebuehi’s recipe for earl grey cardamom buns | Baking

Who can resist a good cardamom bun? I’ll always choose cardamom over cinnamon – it just feels much brighter and more fragrant, and especially good for this time of year. I’ve boosted the flavour with cosiness by incorporating some earl grey tea; and, while these are delicious just as they are, I sometimes add a generous squiggle of icing on top for extra sweetness. Earl grey cardamom buns Prep 30 minSteep 15 min+Prove 2 hr+Cook 40 minMakes 9 For the dough150ml milk4 earl grey teabags300g strong white bread flour1 tsp fast-action dried yeast25g caster sugar½ tsp fine sea salt1 egg, beaten25g unsalted butter, softened For the filling1½ tsp ground cardamom (freshly ground, for best results)90g caster sugar85g unsalted butter, softened For the syrup60g caster sugar1 earl grey tea bag To make the dough, put the milk and tea bags in a small saucepan and heat gently until steaming. Take off the heat, cover and leave to steep for 15-20 minutes. Put the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in …

Earl and Dan edge England to victory over Argentina in bronze final | Rugby World Cup 2023

The last thing this sometimes bonkers, always scrappy contest for third place needed was extra time but when Argentina’s Nicolás Sánchez lined up a shot at goal with the clock running down, another 20 minutes in a match that ostensibly does not matter loomed large. As it was, Sánchez missed the kick, England survived a couple of scrums eerily close on the field to that which cost them dearly against South Africa last week and ultimately finish their World Cup as they started it – with a hard-fought win against Argentina. These exhausted players who began preparing for the competition in June were spared the extra mile and though it was a victory that exposed England’s limitations, it was a victory nonetheless. And one that comes at the end of a difficult week given the furore surrounding Tom Curry, who enjoyed a fine 50 minutes before making way, visibly drained but head held high. How much England have improved in between a campaign bookended by wins over the Pumas is up for debate but Steve …

Earl and England search for World Cup finesse against Fiji to win fans back | England rugby union team

Eddie Jones had a theory when he was coaching England that you needed five world-class players to win the World Cup. Clive Woodward, the only coach to do so with England, had a similar, if more ambitious mantra, specifically instructing his players to set about becoming the best in the world in their position. Picking a world XV is entirely subjective but it is fair to say that not many England players would make it into most of those selected. There would be significantly more from Fiji – their World Cup quarter-final opponents on Sunday – in a lot of them, given the star qualities of Levani Botia, Semi Radradra and Waisea Nayacalevu to name three. That rankles with England and Ben Earl, who starts at No 8, in particular. Earl is an interesting member of this side because he is not part of the tranche of players for whom this is the last dance – a final crack at the ultimate prize that eluded them four years ago in Japan before they call time …