Princess Diana's childhood home open to guests for $51,000

Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer has revealed that guests will now be able to spend a couple of nights at their childhood home, Althorp. Before joining the royal family, Diana spent her formative years in the 500-year-old mansion, which also serves as her final resting place.

Charles Spencer and his wife Karen made the announcement on NBC News, saying they will allow visitors to spend the weekend at Althorp in a bid to raise money for charity.

"We are launching a campaign to raise funds for Whole Child where we are going to open the home, open Althorp, to raise funds," Karen told journalist Cynthia McFadden.


Guests can spend the weekend at Althorp House for $51,000 per couple.

The Countess, who married her husband Charles at Althorp in 2011, came up with the idea.

"But I was instantly on board," added Charles. "I've always thought of this house as contributing. It's not just a little bastion or fortress of privilege."

Guests will have access to areas of the stately home that are not usually open to the public, and also have the option of sleeping in Diana's room.

Money raised will go towards Whole Child charity.

However, only those with deep pockets will be able to spend the weekend at Althorp. It will cost approximately $51,000 per couple or $324,000 split between a private group of 18 people.

More details will be revealed on NBC's On Assignment show on Sunday night, where Charles and Karen can be seen taking Cynthia on a tour of never-before-seen areas of the mansion.

Whole Child is a charity that Karen strongly supports. The organization works to improve conditions for children living in orphanages around the world.

Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer and his wife Karen came up with the idea.

Built in 1508, Althorp, which sits on 550 acres of beautiful parks and gardens, has been home to the Spencer family for half a century. Nineteen of the 90 rooms are open to the public, displaying an impressive collection of furniture, paintings and ceramics.

Six of the rooms are dedicated to the late People's Princess and showcase her personal artefacts including her iconic wedding dress, childhood letters, school reports and details of her charity work.

Following Diana's death in 1997, the family created a museum as a memorial to reflect on her life and work.

This is not the first time the Spencers have opened Althorp for charity. A few years ago Charles rented out bedrooms for a neat $48,000 a night.

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