The couple were due to marry last autumn, but the wedding was called off in September and the Earl is believed to have started dating Ms Gordon soon afterwards.
Commenting on the book this week, a near relative of the late earl, Charles's father, said: "The author seems to know nothing about Charles at all. A lot of what has been written is completely untrue nonsense." In each era of the earl's life Barber's biography emphasises a penchant for melodramatic and, arguably, tasteless shock tactics: in fact exactly the kind of behaviour that might have led friends and family to expect something provocative from his funeral address in Westminster Abbey.Among the principal interviewees Barber spoke to in compiling information for the book is the earl's faithful public relations assistant Shelley Ann Claircourt.The unauthorised book by Richard Barber, a magazine journalist, has already been strongly criticised by a close family member and sets out a picture of a damaged and overly assured man who is often reckless in his handling of other people's feelings.Among the revelations contained in the biography - called Earl Spencer: Saint or Sinner?The new Countess Spencer, who previously worked as a hotel receptionist and a catalogue model, has two daughters aged 12 and 10 from her former marriage to the Hollywood producer Mark Gordon, whose films include Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot.
Following her divorce from Mr Gordon in 2003, she founded Whole Child International, a charity for orphans.The couple are believed to be planning on spending most of their time in America, where the Countess has a house in the exclusive area of Pacific Palisades, California.THE FIRST biography of Charles Spencer will be published on 21 May - the day after the earl's 34th birthday - and it is not likely to be among his most appreciated presents.Prince William was a page boy at the Earl's marriage to Ms Lockwood in 1989, which was also attended by Princess Diana.The couple had four children, but the marriage ended in 1997 following allegations of the Earl's repeated infidelity.Ms Gordon wore a sleeveless ivory lace dress for the morning ceremony, at which the local Spencer House choir sang a hymn.