Justin Welby (left) and Sir Anthony Montague Browne
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Archbishop parentage: 'No-one knew about this' - Moore

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said a DNA test result revealing the identity of his real father has come as a "complete surprise".

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, 60, has discovered he is the son of Sir Winston Churchill's last private secretary, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.

He had believed his father was whisky salesman Gavin Welby, who died in 1977.

Former editor of the Daily Telegraph Charles Moore, who helped uncover the truth, said that it had come as a "complete shock" to the archbishop, as well as to his mother.

  • 09 Apr 2016
  • From the section UK
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