Following the devastating automobile accident that killed both of his parents, Phil Spencer has returned to work on Location, Location, Location.
The 53-year-old property expert was briefly spotted on camera by his colleague and friend Kirstie Allsopp as she disclosed that they were shooting together again on the famous Channel 4 show.
Phil thanked fans for their ‘beautiful remarks’ in the aftermath of the tragedy after Kirstie revealed she wasn’t sure what to write on the blog as her previous one was about Phil’s father David (born Richard), 89, and mother Anne, 82.
She had shared the news of their accident and subsequent deaths on Instagram and paid homage on behalf of the Spencer family, stating that ‘the only benefit in the situation is that they died together, so will never have to mourn the loss of each other’.
The farming couple, who had been married for more than 60 years, were on their way to a nearby pub for lunch with their caretaker when their car rolled over a bridge, landed into a little river on their Littlebourne property, and flipped upside down.
Both were murdered, while their caretaker was hurt but survived.
‘So we’re back at work filming on Location, Location, Location and I didn’t quite know what my next post on Instagram would be because the last post was about Phil’s mum and dad and you all put such lovely, lovely messages and Phil was so grateful,’ Kirstie said to camera while filming in the grounds of a stately home in Cheam.
Phil, who also hosts Love It or List It with Kirstie, strolled into frame with a smile and a ‘hello’ as she panned about to demonstrate that she had ‘found him’.
‘I’m very grateful thank you, and I haven’t put anything on Instagram either. I do appreciate people’s lovely, lovely comments,’ Phil then said.
‘You see, he’s English and he’s a man and he’s done really, really well so round of applause to Phil for doing that and – thank you, you’ve all been so kind,’ Kirstie added.
‘He’s back at work, and was very, very touched by all your messages, I even managed to get him to say it on insta. Bless him 😘’ wrote Kirstie in the caption.
Fans flooded the comment section once more with their support as one wrote: ‘A lovely man, so glad to see him back after such a difficult time.’
‘Lovely to see you both. Take it gently from here,’ added another.
‘Thinking of you and your family Phil,’ shared someone else.
Kirstie had previously revealed how the Spencer family were coping in the aftermath of their heartbreak, telling the BBC’s Newscast podcast: ‘(Phil’s) got a lovely, lovely family and they’re very, very close and they’re all together.
‘In fact, his sister was married yesterday, which they went ahead with and today they’re all going to the pub for lunch. The same pub that his parents were on the way to when they died.’
She added: ‘He’s very stoical and pragmatic, and he feels very strongly that it was the right thing that his parents went together.’
After some time to comprehend the horrible events, Phil stepped up and shared heartbreaking information of his parents’ deaths.
His brother attempted hard to save his mother and father by cutting them out of their automobile with a penknife.
Phil also stated that he is attempting to find ‘comfort’ in the fact that they died together.
‘As a family we are all trying to hold onto the fact Mum and Dad went together and that neither will ever have to mourn the loss of the other one. Which is a blessing in itself,’ he shared.
‘Although they were both on extremely good form in the days before (hence the sudden idea to go out to lunch), Mum’s Parkinson’s and Dad’s Dementia had been worsening and the long-term future was set to be a challenge.
‘So much so that Mum said to me only a week ago that she had resigned to thinking “now it looks like we will probably go together”. And so they did.
‘That was what God had planned for them – and it was a good plan.’