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Saturday, 09 April 2016 - 8:12
Archbishop of Canterbury’s father was Churchill’s private secretary
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The Archbishop of Canterbury has said a DNA test result revealing the identity of his real father has come as a "complete surprise", foreign media reports.

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.

His mother, Lady Williams of Elvel, has confirmed she had a "liaison" with Sir Anthony just before she wed in 1955.

In a statement issued through Lambert Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury refers to his mother and Gavin Welby's addiction to alcohol while he was growing up.

"As a result of my parents' addictions my early life was messy, although I had the blessing and gift of a wonderful education, and was cared for deeply by my grandmother, my mother once she was in recovery, and my father (Gavin Welby) as far as he was able."

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