Charles Spencer Shares WWII-Era Photo of His and Princess Diana’s Dad

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Charles Spencer, 58, may *officially* be the 9th Earl Spencer in title, but to us, he's the unofficial King of Throwbacks.

The younger brother of Princess Diana just shared another vintage photo to his account, which sees his and Lady Di's father, Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, when he was only a teenager.

“My father (kneeling - to the right - with saw in hand) and school friends, helping the war effort in around 1940,” Spencer wrote in his caption.

As noted by Charles, the late 8th Earl Spencer is seen kneeling down to the right. At the bottom of the photo, there is a short press clipping that confirms his appearance. It reads: “Working the saw are Viscount Althorp (right) and H. Bruce.” The clipping also notes that the teenage boys were paid sixpence an hour to assist with forestry work.

Even though this is only a profile shot of their dad (and it's somewhat far away), we can clearly see the resemblance between the 8th Earl Spencer and his kids. One user even commented, “Goodness I thought that was you!!”

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These days, the 9th Earl Spencer loves sharing vintage photos of his family members (which makes sense, given his affinity for history).

In the past, he's dug up various photos of his and Princess Diana's dad. For instance, back in January, he shared a black-and-white snap, with a caption that read: “My father in 1940, aged 16, standing outside an ivy-clad Althorp. Today would have been his 99th birthday.”

Given that Spencer said this latest photo was taken around 1940 too, we would guess that his dad is probably close to the same age.

We never get tired of these slices of history, Charles.

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