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Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, reveals childhood sexual abuse

NEW DELHI: In a harrowing revelation in his upcoming

memoir

,

Earl Spencer

, the younger brother of Diana,

Princess of Wales

, has disclosed that he was sexually abused as a child during his time at

boarding school

.
He shared an excerpt from his memoir in the Mail on Sunday, where he recounted being preyed upon by a female staff member at Maidwell Hall, located in

Northamptonshire

, during the 1970s.

Currently aged 59, he claims that the abuse commenced when he was merely 11 years old.
Maidwell Hall has responded, acknowledging the gravity of learning about Earl Spencer’s ordeal, calling it “sobering.”

The institution also noted that any claims of

sexual abuse

have been directed to a designated officer from the local authority.
Earl Spencer was a student at Maidwell Hall from eight to 13 years of age.
In his upcoming book titled A Very Private School, he accuses a female staff member, whom he labels as a “voracious paedophile,” of grooming and assaulting him along with other boys during nighttime in their dormitory.

He has concluded that the accused staff member is now either residing overseas or has passed away, as reported by the Mail.
Additionally, he claimed that the school’s headmaster at the time, John Porch, was responsible for “brutal beatings,” suspecting that Porch found “sexual pleasure from the violence.” An obituary from January 2022 in his alma mater’s newsletter confirmed Mr. Porch’s death.
Reflecting on his experiences at Maidwell has been described by Earl Spencer as an “absolutely hellish experience.”
Maidwell School issued a statement to the Mail, expressing difficulty in confronting past practices once deemed normal and acceptable. They highlighted the substantial evolution in almost all aspects of school life since the 1970s, emphasizing the importance of child safeguarding and welfare.
Earl Spencer has since grown up and currently resides in Althorp House, a vast 13,000-acre Northamptonshire estate that has belonged to the Spencer family for half a millennium and serves as the final resting place for

Princess Diana

.
Following his stint at Maidwell, he proceeded to study at Eton College.