A new cousin for Harry and William and a SEVENTH child for Earl Spencer, as his third wife counts down the days to her due date
22:04 GMT, 2 July 2012
The Royal Family is poised to welcome a new member into its ranks as the third wife of Earl Spencer counts down the days until her due date.
Karen Gordon, who married the Earl in a ceremony at his estate last June, is due to give birth later this month.
It will be the Earl's seventh child – and comes a full 18 years after the birth of his first baby.
The child will be a first cousin to William and Harry.
family: Earl Spencer has six children from his two marriages – to
Victoria Lockwood and Caroline Freud – while Karen Gordon has two
daughters from her marriage to film producer Mark Gordon, which ended in
Karen, 39, or Countess Spencer as she is now known, has two daughters, while Earl Spencer, who is worth a reported
120m – already has four children by ex-wife Victoria Lockwood –
Eleanor, 21, twins Victoria and Amelia, 19, and son John, 18.
He has a further two young children
from his six year marriage to Caroline Freud, whom he wed in 2001:
Edmund Charles Spencer, eight, and Lara Caroline Spencer, age six.
Countess Spencer was previously
married to Hollywood film producer Mark Gordon, who has worked on films
including Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot.
The two, who divide their time
between the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire and Ms Gordon's home in
Pacific Palisades, California, are said to be 'delighted' at the
prospect of welcoming their first child together into the world.
They experienced what some might call a whirlwind romance, announcing their engagement just four months after meeting.
A former model, Countess Spencer now
devotes her time to philanthropic work.
After her divorce in 2003 she
set up the charity Whole Child and is said to have met the 47-year-old
Earl at a fundraising event.
Earl Spencer and his wife Karen posed with Fiona Warner today as she
held the Olympic torch aloft in front of his residence, Althorp House
Impressive backdrop: The torch has paid a visit to a number of stately homes and landmarks on its tour of Britain
Family fun: Princes William and Harry will be first cousins to Earl Spencer's seventh child
Big day: Earl Spencer, 47, married 39-year-old former model Karen Gordon at the family home in Althorp last June
Chance meeting: The two met at a fundraising event for the charity Karen set up after her divorce in 2003