Below are the full statements from the Archbishop of Canterbury and his mother, Lady Williams of Elvel, regarding the discovery that his real father is Sir Winston Churchill's last private secretary, Sir Anthony Montague Browne.

  • Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury

In the last month I have discovered that my biological father is not Gavin Welby but, in fact, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby
  • Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury's mother, Lady Williams of Elvel:

Although, as has already been made public, Gavin Welby and I had a short and, sadly, dysfunctional marriage, neither of us ever doubted that we were the parents of our son Justin, who was born almost nine months to the day after our marriage in America on April 4, 1955. I still recall our joy at his arrival. So this DNA evidence with which I have now been presented proving that Gavin was not Justin's biological father, so many years after Gavin's death, has come as an almost unbelievable shock.

Lady Williams of Elvel