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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has recently discovered that he is the son of Sir Winst...

'An almost unbelievable shock,' The Archbishop of Canterbury learns identity of real father

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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has recently discovered that he is the son of Sir Winston Churchill's last ever private secretary, Sir Anthony Montague Browne. The 60-year-old previously believed his father to be whisky salesman Gavin Welby, and has described the revelation as "a complete surprise".

The Archbishop took a DNA test to discover his true parentage, and his mother confirmed she had a brief liaison with Sir Anthony shortly before her "very sudden" marriage to Welby.

In a personal statement, the Archbishop revealed his reaction to the news. He wrote: "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.

"I know that I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in him never changes… Although there are elements of sadness, and even tragedy in my father's (Gavin Welby’s) case, this is a story of redemption and hope from a place of tumultuous difficulty and near despair in several lives."

The leader of Church of England also opened up to The Telegraph about his feelings regarding the DNA results, explaining that he doesn't hold any resentment. He said: "I wasn't in any way upset, which I wasn't, and I remain not upset… There is no existential crisis, and no resentment against anyone."

Justin's mother, the Lady Jane Williams of Elvel, also released a statement in which she revealed her shock at the news.

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