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Diana’s nieces reveal how the Princess was always ”just our aunt”

Two of the nieces of Diana, Princess of Wales have spoken of how she was always an aunt first to them. Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia Spencer revealed that her importance on a global platform didn’t really hit home until after her death.

Speaking exclusively to Tatler magazine, Lady Eliza said ‘’We always just knew her as our aunt. Growing up in South Africa, I really had very little idea of how significant she was in the world until I was much older.’’

Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia, 28, revealed their bond with Diana in their first joint interview. It’s published in the March issue of Tatler.

They are the second and third daughters of Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, from his first marriage to Victoria Aitken. They have an older sister, Lady Kitty, and a younger brother, Louis, who is now Viscount Althorp.

They have told the magazine about their memories of Diana, saying ‘’She always made an effort to connect with us as children and had a talent for reading children’s hearts.”

Photo by Luc Braquet for Tatler magazine, 2021

The twins were just five when Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. They had moved to South Africa with their family in 1995 and they remained there with their mother following their parents’ divorce, just months after Diana’s death. Their father now lives at and runs Althorp where his sister is buried.

Now, Lady Amelia is considering holding her own wedding at the family’s ancestral home. She is engaged to Greg Mallett and is thinking of arranging their nuptials at Althorp, once the pandemic allows it.

She would be the first of Earl Spencer’s children to marry. He also two children, Edmund and Lara, from his second marriage and a daughter, Charlotte, from his third marriage. Eliza and Amelia also have a half brother, Samuel, from their mother’s second marriage.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.