Charles (9th Earl) Spencer read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, after which he spent 10 years as a reporter for NBC News’s TODAY Show, while also working for Sunday TODAY, Nightly News, and NBC Super Channel – where he wrote and presented the 12-part series, ‘Great Houses of the World’.
He has also been a reporter for Granada TV, and has presented for the History Channel.
He is the author of six history books: ALTHORP: The Story of an English Home; THE SPENCER FAMILY; BLENHEIM: Battle for Europe (Sunday Times bestseller, and shortlisted for History Book of the Year in the National Book Awards, 2005); PRINCE RUPERT: The Last Cavalier; KILLERS OF THE KING (Sunday Times bestseller); and TO CATCH A KING (Times bestseller).
He is an accomplished, seasoned and popular public speaker, having given his first public speech at the age of 4.
He has written for many British and American publications, including The Spectator, Vanity Fair, the Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian, and has reviewed books for the Financial Times, the Independent on Sunday, among many others.
He is the founder and chair of the Althorp Literary Festival.
He has seven children and two stepchildren.