[Ed. – The Europeans have been busy this week. We wish the Archbishop and his mother well, and salute the prelate for being open about a difficult subject.]
The Archbishop of Canterbury has discovered his real father was a private secretary to Winston Churchill.
Justin Welby had always believed his father to be Gavin Welby, a whisky salesman and alcoholic, who was married briefly to his mother.
He took a DNA test after the Telegraph newspaper approached him saying it believed Sir Anthony Montague Browne was his biological father. His results were compared with samples from a hairbrush kept by Sir Anthony’s widow. They showed a 99.9779% probability they were father and son.
His mother, Lady Williams of Elvel, was also a private secretary to Churchill. In a statement published on the internet, she confirmed the “liaison” with Sir Anthony but said she had always believed his father to be Gavin Welby and the news was an “unbelievable shock.”