Charles Spencer reveals carnage at Althorp House

Charles Spencer reveals carnage at Princess Diana’s childhood home of Althorp House after a ‘tornado’ ripped through the Northamptonshire estate and uprooted ‘dozens’ of trees

  • Charles Spencer shared video of destruction at his home of Althorp House 
  • Said a ‘tornado’ had ripped through his estate and taken down several trees  
  • Came as ‘danger to life’ amber weather warning were in place over the weekend
  • Charles revealed earlier this summer he is renovating his home in Northampton 

Charles Spencer has revealed how a ‘tornado’ tore through his estate of Althorp House, leaving devastation in its wake. 

Earl Spencer, 56, shared a glimpse of the carnage at Althorp House in Northampton, where he grew up with the late Princess Diana, posting a clip to his Twitter page.

He commented: ‘We’ve just had a tornado rip through the Park at ⁦Althorp House ⁩ – dozens of trees badly hit, and an iron lantern torn from the side of one of the lodges. Luckily, no animals hurt.’

His comments come after storms lashed the UK causing – with ‘extreme’ downpours with more than a foot of rain falling in certain areas just 36 hours – blocking roads, disrupting trains and flooding homes and buildings.

Charles Spencer, 56, has revealed how a ‘tornado’ tore through his estate of Althorp House, leaving devastation in its wake (pictured, Earl Spencer at Althorp) 

The Earl described a tornado ripping through the Park at ⁦Althorp House ⁩ and uprooting dozens of trees’ (pictured left and right) 

The estate, which has been the Spencer family seat since 1508 usually welcomes visitors to its grounds, but has been closed for parts of the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Earl Spencer has been keeping fans interested by sharing glimpses of the home and its grounds on social media.

Earl Spencer married Canadian-born Karen Villeneuve at the Spencer’s Northamptonshire estate in 2011 after separating from second wife Caroline Freud in 2007. He was married to first wife Victoria Lockwood from 1989 to 1997.

Charles, the only surviving son of Frances Shand Kydd and John Spencer, is custodian of Althorp.

The estate, which has been the Spencer family seat since 1508 usually welcomes visitors to its grounds, but has been closed for parts of the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic (pictured) 

Extreme UK weather: Britain has been battered by storms and TWISTERS this year  

The spinning fingers of cloud are caused by the collision of warm and cool air currents moving in different directions — and they can reach 300mph.

Earlier this summer, twisters were spotted on Teesside as Britain prepared to be battered by storms over the weekend. 

Turbulent weather spawned ‘mini-tornadoes’ in the North East, including in Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham. 

Meanwhile a Wizard of Oz style ‘tornado’ hit Barking and Dagenham in East London and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. 

Footage shared online captured collapsed garden walls, bricks strewn across driveways and fallen tree branches scattered across the road on Friday. Pictures also show cars stuck in flash floods across the borough. 

His and Diana’s older brother, John Spencer, died within ten hours of his birth on 12 January 1960.

Charles has been married three times, firstly to Victoria Lockwood, with whom he has Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, twins Lady Eliza Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer, 28 and Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 26.

He also has Edmund Spencer, 17, and Lady Lara Spencer, 15, from second wife Caroline Freud, who was previously married to PR guru Matthew Freud.

With Karen he has one daughter, Charlotte Diana Spencer, eight.

His video comes after spells of sustained rainfall fell over the weekend, with a yellow warning issued for heavy rain to spread across South East Wales before clearing to the east through Friday, the Met Office said.

There were also yellow weather warnings in place for parts of Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland – and Wales also has the same warning for rain across most of the country.

The rain has raised fears of travel delays and communities becoming cut off amid the ‘persistent and heavy downpours’, the Met Office said. It also warned of power cuts as well as properties being flooded.

‘These are exceptional rainfall totals for even the wettest part of the UK, which is Cumbria on average, and for the wettest part of the year,’ Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said in a forecast video.

The rain lashing the UK is due to a stream of warm moist air that has moved up from the tropics. Up to ten inches (250mm) was expected to fall in Cumbria  – almost twice as much as in a typical October.

A major incident was declared in a town in Scotland over the weekend with police evacuating homeowners from more than 500 properties over fears they could flood. An emergency centre in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick (pictured) has been opened for evacuees and the local primary school shut as residents brace for the deluge

A broken down car in floodwater near Derwentwater in Cumbria over the weekend as the Lake District was hit by heavy rain

Ben Lukey, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘A slow-moving band of heavy and persistent rain could bring surface water and river flooding and disruption to travel, to communities in Cumbria and parts of the north of England from today (Wednesday) through to Friday and Saturday.

‘Working with our partners in local resilience forums, Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground clearing waste grilles and screens, and stand ready to operate flood defences if needed.

‘They are also ready to support local authorities in their response to surface water flooding. We are urging residents and visitors, especially holidaymakers in the Lake District, to stay alert and check their flood risk by signing up for free flood warnings on the website and via @EnvAgency on Twitter, which offer the latest updates.’

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