It’s all in the genes.
It feels like we just lost Princess Diana — but the royal icon has been gone for 20 years. And though Prince William and Harry have done incredibly to carry on their mother’s legacy, it’s just not the same.
Fortunately, we can look to Lady Kitty Spencer to remind us (as if we needed reminding) of how poised and incredible Diana was. Di’s niece is a spitting image of Diana — and seems to give off a similar effervescence as the Princess of Wales herself did.
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“I was so young [when Diana was alive]. There are only a few memories, but special memories and happy memories, and I’m so lucky to have those,” she said about her late aunt to Vanity Fair.
29-year-old Spencer is the eldest daughter of Victoria Lockwood and Earl Charles Spencer, who was Princess Diana’s younger brother. While her familial ties have cast a huge light on the Spencer family, she grew up away from the media, in South Africa with her mother and siblings. It was only in 2007 when she came into the public eye, spending time with her cousins William and Harry.
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Over the years, the media has watched first hand as Spencer transformed from a young socialite to philanthropist. We saw her learn to gain her footing in bustling London — and we can’t imagine it was easy.
“I’ve always worked hard to have a healthy level of self-worth and I think that the charity work I do is great in terms of that because it means that everything is constantly put into perspective for me. I have tremendous gratitude for my own family and for the life that I live,” she said to The West.
And with that, her sense of style has evolved too! She said about modeling, “I appreciate that it takes me to new places and you get to dress up and wear beautiful things and live in a little bit of a fairy tale for a day.”
Truth: We’d like to get in on these fashion genes.
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A royal family visit to a museum in Sandringham, where the children climb on a fire engine, January 1988. From left to right Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Peter Philips, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, wearing a blue coat, Zara Phillips and Prince William. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 20: Diana, Princess of Wales, Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, and Prince Harry attend the Christening of Princess Beatrice, at St James Palace, on December 20, 1988 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON – JUNE 16: (FILE PHOTO) (PRINCESS DIANA RETROSPECTIVE 22 OF 22) The Queen Mother, the Princess of Wales and her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, ride back to Buckingham Palace during the ceremonies of the Trooping of the Colour June 16, 1990 in London, England. Princess Diana, 36-years-old, died with her companion Dodi Fayed, 41-years-old, in a car crash August 31, 1997 in Paris, France. Fayed was the son of an Egyptian billionaire. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)