All eyes were on the classic beauty, Lady Kitty Spencer, at the Royal Wedding a few weeks ago. William and Harry's ravishing cousin stole the show in her elegant gown and natural glow. Kitty is the niece of Diana, Princess of Wales, and therefore the cousin of Prince Harry and Prince William. Her father, Charles Spencer, is Princess Diana's younger brother. Since she is a Spencer, she does not hold a place to inherit the throne. Nonetheless, she is still Royalty and a rising star in both the Royal world and the fashion world.
Her name has taken the Internet by storm and she is giving Kendall and Gigi a run for their money. People have become more and more fascinated by Kitty, who bears so much family resemblance to the late Princess Diana that it is almost uncanny.
The blonde English rose has been a point of intrigue ever since people have been getting excited about Harry and Meghan's nuptials. Now that the wedding has come and gone, let's take a closer look at Prince William and Prince Harry's elegant cousin who is gradually gaining international fame as we speak. Here are 16 facts about Princess Diana's gorgeous niece and fashion's latest "it" girl, Lady Kitty Spencer.
16 She Is The Eldest Daughter Of Earl Charles Spencer, Diana's Younger Brother
Lady Kitty Spencer is related to Princess Diana through her father's side of the family. Earl Charles Spencer is the younger brother of the late Princess Diana. Kitty is the eldest of five children, at 27-years-old. Her siblings are twins Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia Spencer (25-years-old), Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp (24-years-old), and her youngest half-sister, Lady Lara Spencer (12-years-old).
This blonde beauty definitely stole the show at her cousin's wedding to Meghan Markle. Kitty and her aristocratic family came into the ceremony accompanied by their mother, Victoria Aitken. Kitty wore a green slim-fit Dolce & Gabbana dress and coordinating hat with netting. She wore her hair in an elegant low bun with a diamond choker and a pop of red lipstick.
She was also accompanied by her younger sister, Lady Eliza, who must be absolutely green with envy (get it, because of the dress?)!
Since the Royal Wedding, the Internet has been blowing up like crazy trying to get to know the cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry. Though she was relatively famous in Britain, she might just become the next international superstar. Only time will tell with this one. It would be nice to see a lovely, English rose in a sea of Kar-Jens.
15 She Bears A Striking Resemblance To Princess Diana
It's funny how genetics work. Even though Kitty Spencer is Diana's niece, she could easily pass as being her daughter. In fact, she arguably looks even more like the late Princess Diana than her cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry, do. There have been so many pictures of Kitty and Diana side-by-side that the resemblance is uncanny.
Kitty was only six-years-old when the world was shocked by Princess Diana's tragic accident in 1997. In an interview with The National Post, she said, "Sadly, I have very few memories of my aunt. I was so young when she [passed]." With those big blue eyes, chiseled cheekbones, and those thick blonde locks, Diana's physical spirit might live on through the life of Kitty Spencer. It's nice to see that her stunning looks were passed down to the next generation.
Always dressed in Royal fashion, there were many times that Kitty Spencer dressed like Diana as well. However, you could arguably say the same thing about Kate Middleton and the newest Royal addition, Meghan Markle.
In any case, when Lady Kitty Spencer first came on the scene, people were stunned by her resemblance to Princess Diana. It is safe to assume that her father, Earl Charles Spencer probably looks like the male version of his older sister.
14 Kitty Has Been Named "Britain's Most Eligible Woman"
Before Kitty started making waves as an international supermodel on the rise, she was somewhat of a local-national celebrity in the United Kingdom. There is no doubt that many of our neighbors from across the pond have heard of the most beautiful golden-haired maiden in all of the land.
In fact, British magazine Tatler named Kitty Spencer "Britain's Most Eligible Woman".
And all for good reason. First off, her cousin Prince Harry was Britain's Most Eligible Man for years before he was finally off the market. Kitty has graced the cover of Tatler on more than one occasion and looks sultry and elegant in all of her snapshots.
She was featured on Tatler's list of 2017 English Roses: 26 of the most 'exciting, interesting and beautiful' young women in the UK that have been photographed by David Burton, according to Daily Mail.
In any case, there are so many charitable causes that Kitty is involved in. She has spent a lot of her time helping with Centrepoint with her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, which supports UK's homeless youth. On top of that, she balances that life with modeling so it is safe to say that she has seen the world.
13 Her Parents Had A Tense, Publicized Divorce The Same Year Diana Passed Away In 1997
Kitty Spencer has not had an easy life, despite being a Royal. Around the same time of Princess Diana's fatal accident in 1997, Kitty's parents were going through a rough time. That was when the family relocated to South Africa in order to escape the spotlight. Shortly thereafter, her parents got a divorce.
Earl Charles Spencer was known in the British and South African press to be somewhat of a philanderer. According to The Independent, he has endured two acrimonious and messy divorces — emerging from neither as a thoroughly decent fellow — and while apparently seeming to shun media attention, has regularly made statements over the years, regarding the Royals, his sister, and his nephews, that keep him in the headlines.
Just like any other family, the Royal Family is not perfect.
Well if you think about it, how can you not be a Royal and have other options literally for your entire life? We are not judging or anything, but you could imagine that it might be hard to stick to one monogamous relationship when you are a Royal. Oh well, that is something that the majority will never really find out first hand, or will we?
12 Her Family Relocated To South Africa After Too Much Strife Being In The Public Eye
Back in 1995, Earl Spencer and his wife at the time, Victoria Lockwood decided to move their kids to Cape Town, South Africa in order to escape the limelight and have their children grow up with a degree of privacy. The family was getting some negative media attention beset by scandal over his serial infidelity and her addiction problems, according to Daily Mail.
Unfortunately, the move didn't make their marriage improve anymore. Earl Spencer and Victoria Lockwood ended up divorcing around the same time of Diana's death. Kitty's mother was treated for substance abuse problems and her dad moved back to the UK while the children stayed in Cape Town.
Kitty and her siblings attended the best private schools in South Africa.
Kitty studied at Reddam House, an expensive finishing school, before going on to read psychology, politics, and English at the University of Capetown, according to Daily Mail.
Kitty later recalled in an interview with Daily Mail: "[My parents] told me they didn’t love one another anymore, but that they still loved me. The positives of the situation were highlighted, such as two Christmases, two birthdays and two bedrooms."
This explains why you see Kitty and her sisters in the gorgeous South African climate running around with cute surfer dudes.
11 She Is A Lady With A Capital "L"
That's right. Not only is she Lady Kitty Spencer, that is a "Lady" with a capital L. Seriously, though. How boss is that? Can't get any more girl-baller than having your title be referred to in that manner.
This sort of title dates way back to medieval times where noble men and women were given capital letter names as a sign of social status. There is no doubt that the British culture has retained its admiration for the monarchy throughout the years.
In technical terms, the formal title of "Lady" in the United Kingdom is used before the family name of a woman with a title of nobility or honorary title suo jure (in her own right), or the wife of a lord, a baronet, or a knight, and also before the first name of the daughter of a duke, marquess, or earl — according to Christian Science Monitor.
In other words, if this were Game of Thrones in real life, Kitty would definitely be a leading lady right up there with Daenerys and Sansa Stark. Lady Kitty Spencer is indeed a lucky girl to not only be blessed with looks but to be born into a Royal Family. We all aspire to be her, but we are just dreaming.
10 She Is A Rising Star In The Fashion Industry
Lady Kitty Spencer was already a fashion star on the rise long before the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ever happened. However, the moment that she stepped out at the Royal Wedding is what cemented her modeling career. Honestly, this is for the greater good because she really does represent a healthy, realistic size that can relate to many women everywhere.
Perhaps it is time that the reign of Kendall and Gigi to take a backseat. After all, Kitty Spencer isn't too different from them because these girls are all famous for having famous parents.
It seems like both Hollywood and the Royal Family want to keep the bloodlines alive, well and relevant.
Honestly, who could possibly blame them?
We have to say, Kitty is one of the very few people who can wear a crown and only get away with it at fashion shows. In the Royal world, you can only wear a crown or a tiara only if you are a married woman. Who cares? Kitty stuns in these regal gowns that she represents of these fashion brands.
It is nice to see a girl with curves represent elegant, designer gowns where we are used to seeing size zeros.
9 However, Kitty Is A Model With A Healthy Image And Has Never Owned A Scale
Kitty is not a stick figure and she isn't afraid to show off her curvaceous figure. She doesn't even own a scale and is just a darling of the British spotlight. According to The Telegraph, Kitty's mother struggled with eating disorders so she is no stranger to the pressure of women having to keep up in the looks department.
As an extended member of one of the most photographed families in Britain, Lady Kitty’s own place in the public eye has, no doubt, put pressure on her too, according to The Telegraph. In an interview with The Telegraph, Kitty admitted that there was not any attention paid to weight growing up, and for good reason. She said, "I’m pro both genders having the same opportunities, and if that makes me a feminist then great." It seems like growing up around that sort of insecurity creates a layer of sensitivity to one's psyche.
In overhearing a discussion between 10-year-old girls walking by her, she observed: "I just thought, you’ve got the rest of your life to wrongly believe that that’s important. You just have to be strong and not let it be a pressure. It’s there if you want to take it on board and let it consume you."
Lady Kitty Spencer is no doubt a good role model to young girls.
8 She Has A Master's Degree In Luxury Brand Management
Kitty continues to impress us not just with her looks and fame, but her sharp intelligence as a person human being as well. Not only is she a pretty face, but she is one highly educated woman. "When I was growing up, when I had a list of things I wanted to be, I never thought a model," she said in an interview with Business Insider.
Though modeling agencies were pretty much knocking down her door ever since she was a teenager, her parents taught her to put a strong importance on academics.
To continue her education, Lady Spencer headed to London, where she earned her master's degree in Luxury Brand Management at Regent's University London, according to Harper's Bazaar. Just living in the city of London allowed her to take some modeling gigs here and there. Naturally, fashion has always been a big part of her life. She is represented by Storm Management, which is the same modeling agency as Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and many other top models.
Now that we have seen Kitty Spencer in the limelight as the top-earning models, we would love to see her build her own fashion line. We can only imagine how immaculate those gowns of hers would be.
7 She Studied Art History Abroad In Florence, Italy
While Kitty Spencer was attending university in Cape Town, she ventured on a study abroad trip to Florence, Italy where she studied the Italian language and Art History. It looks like Kitty Spencer knows all caveats of the fashion industry both inside and out.
Where most fashion models spend their time in front of the camera, she also knows the culture of fashion as well. Kitty Spencer is everything that you would expect a Royal to be: cultured, well-traveled, and well-educated. The most envious thing that most millennials see in the Royal Family is the fact that they get to live the hedonistic lifestyle of traveling the world and living it up.
Italy is a rich culture of art, history, and of course, fashion. Especially in Milan. At this point, Milan is probably Kitty's second home after being the face of the Italian fashion powerhouse, Dolce & Gabbana. There is simply no doubt that Italy holds a special place in Kitty's heart. Learning the language probably got her a lot of good connections in the fashion industry.
It will only be a matter of time before we start seeing Kitty Spencer's face on every billboard in Italy and then probably the rest of Europe as well.
6 Kitty Has Walked Twice In The Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Show
Lady Kitty Spencer got her big break in modeling when she kept appearing on runway shows for Dolce & Gabbana in Paris, Milan and New York. Everyone who is in fashion knows that if you make in those three cities, then you are officially a household name.
Much like her aunt before her, Kitty exudes an air of sophistication that so many fashion models today seem to lack.
Being one of the few ladies to walk the catwalk with a crown, she never fails to be graceful and stylish. There is no wonder that Dolce & Gabbana wanted her to be one of their main faces in many of their advertisements. In fact, she has been recently chosen to be the face of prestigious jewelry designer, Bulgari.
It is almost safe to say that Kitty Spencer could very well be the new Paris Hilton of our generation. Her fame and popularity seem to be growing at an overnight rate since the Royal Wedding. We can only hope to see more of her and possibly even a future fashion line in the making, but that is merely wishful thinking. Kitty will give a new wave to fashion making the stick figure out of trend and curves in.
5 She Is The Heir To A $154,000,000 Fortune
Technically, in British pounds, it is £115 million. In any case, that is a nice chunk of change to fall back on in case modeling and being a socialite doesn't work out. Though Kitty is considered part of the Royal Family, the Spencer family is more of an aristocratic family than they are "Royals".
After all, Diana came from the aristocratic line of blood, but it wasn't until she married Prince Charles that she was really considered a "Royal." Families like the Spencers are traditionally seen as the type of family that has potential to marry the main Royal Family members.
There was some controversy over the patriarchy within the Royal Family, in which some of the traditional rules have been overthrown. Men should inherit Britain’s stately homes in order to keep them in the same family name, according to The Telegraph. But, Kitty Spencer argues in favor of that.
Lady Kitty Spencer believes primogeniture is the “correct way”, and that her viscount brother Louis, should inherit Althorp, despite being three years her junior, as told by The Telegraph. She said: "I like that the house stays within the same family with the same surname. I wouldn’t want it any other way for the Spencers. And I just know my brother is going to do an impeccable job."
4 Like A True British Lady, She Has A Penchant For Hats
Kitty Spencer wore the most stylish emerald green cap with fishnet face covering to the Royal Wedding and pulled it off immaculately. As told by CBS News, like every good Royal Wedding, it was all about the hats for the women, the dresses, and the posh tails at Windsor Castle.
In the United States, we have the Kentucky Derby were women wear hats just for the novelty, but that is about where it ends. In Britain, hats are almost a requirement for women to wear to weddings or special, formal events where you have to dress up. Looking at these pictures of Kitty sporting different hats, we almost wish that it was a thing in the US.
According to Pop Sugar, it's tradition but not a requirement by the Anglican Church.
It's partly for fun, but there's also an unspoken competition for best hat.
As you go up the social ladder and into Royalty, hats become more outrageous, functioning not only as displays of style but also wealth and stature.
Since the Brits tend to do everything posher than us Yanks, it makes perfect sense that the women compete for the fanciest hat. However, at the Royal Wedding...there simply was no competition because Kitty Spencer stole the show.
3 Kitty Vacations On Yachts In True Royal Style
It is no secret that Kitty Spencer and her sisters live a hedonistic lifestyle that most of us can only dream of. Being born into an aristocratic family means that you are part of the leisure class meaning that you get to travel the world for a living while the rest of us are working our 9-to-5.
There are so many decadent shots of the Spencer girls in bikinis going to endless exotic locations with their perfectly bronzed skin. Such locations include St Tropez, Cape Town, idyllic private islands off the Australian coast, to name but a few, according to Daily Mail.
There are many snapshots of Kitty all over the city of Milan, which is giving her a launching point to her modeling career. She has been seen at many nightclubs in London with countless shopping trips at the highest-end designer stores.
I could easily be said that these girls are the next Hilton sisters but in the UK version (and perhaps a bit classier). Their lives are all about socializing, hence the name socialite. We can only wonder what a typical day in the life of one the Spencer sisters must be like. Perhaps we will only know in the next lifetime.
2 She Has Over 368K Instagram Followers (And Growing)
Kitty Spencer has already been in the spotlight from a young age, as most children related to the Royal Family typically are. Instagram is an extremely important tool for up-and-coming models to showcase their best selfies, shots and overall looks for some potential clients that might want to book them. The more followers you have, the better your chances of making yourself a household name.
Kitty Spencer knows how to play that game like nobody else's business.
Though she has a long way to go before catching up to her American counterpart, Kendall Jenner (who has over a staggering 91.4 million followers), it looks like Kitty's Instagram following is growing exponentially in followers after the Royal Wedding.
Since the Royal Wedding, her Instagram following has at least doubled. According to an interview in Vanity Fair, Kitty greatly enjoys using Instagram: “I always find it a very positive thing," she said. She is always posting regularly a mixture of memes, scenic shots, and amusing glimpses into her daily life.
In this day and age, anyone can be an Instagram model using the art of filters and flattering angles. However, not everyone gets to be a Royal, so this is Kitty's opportunity to really leverage her fame.
1 Kitty Loves The Single Life And Has Been Linked To A Few Famous Men
As of right now, Lady Kitty Spencer is single and doesn't feel the pressure to marry as soon as possible, unlike other members of the Royal Family. As of late, it doesn't look like Kitty is seen running around with any one particular fellow, as she showed up alongside her family to the Royal Wedding without a date in sight.
However, if there is an eligible bachelor that is open to wining and dining her, it looks like she’s open to dating – she posted a video of herself baking, joking that she was practicing her wife skills: ‘Wifing #WifeGoal,’ she wrote alongside the video on Instagram where she was cooking.
She even got in some practice for a potential brood of her own, sharing a photo of her cradling a young boy, captioning it: ‘Getting some Mother’s Day practice', according to Metro UK. No matter how single you are, most women still have that hidden maternal instinct.
One of Kitty's most famous ex-boyfriends was Italian CEO luxury developer of Northacre, Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro. He was almost twice her age but it looked like he could charm her because there are many Instagram photos of them together.
This is just another reason that we have to love Kitty Spencer. She could care less about conforming to the Hollywood body standard, she is highly educated and doesn't need a man to validate her. Talk about sending a positive message to girls all over the world.
References: Hello!, The Sun, The Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, Daily Mail, Independent IE, Harpers Bazaar, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Pop Sugar, Star Tribune, Daily Mail, Vanity Fair, Metro UK