Princess Diana’s nieces Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia Spencer opened up on their memories of their late aunt. One of the twins, Lady Eliza, recalled the late Princess of Wales being “incredibly warm, maternal and loving”.
In a joint interview with Lady Amelia, Eliza also spoke about one of Diana’s talents.
She told Tatler magazine: “She always made an effort to connect with us as children and had a talent for reading children’s hearts.”
The twins are two of the four children Charles Spencer had with his first wife, Victoria Lockwood.
Alongside with Lady Kitty and Louis Spencer, Eliza and Amelia grew up in South Africa after their parents divorced in 1997.
However, the twins have fond memories of Althorp, the Spencer’s family home, which they visited regularly during school holidays.
There, they met staff who had worked with Princess Diana, with many willing to share their memories of the late Princess of Wales with Charles’s daughters.
Eliza, who was only five when Diana died in Paris, confessed she did not realise what an important figure her aunt had become to the world until later in her life.
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She 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.”
Princess Diana lived at Althorp for years, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975 and moved his entire household from Park House to the family’s seat in Northamptonshire.
Following her untimely death, Princess Diana was buried within the grounds of Althorp Park.
Princess Diana married Prince Charles in July 1981 with a fairytale wedding taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The Princess of Wales started charming the public from the moment she joined the Royal Family.
But she became an international star in 1983, when she and little Prince William joined Prince Charles in an important tour to Australia.
Between 1981 and 1997, Princess Diana took on several patronages and got closer to causes other members of the Royal Family had shied away from, including ending the stigma surrounding people affected by AIDS and leprosy.
Only a few months before she died, Diana famously walked through a minefield in Angola in a bid to raise awareness on the danger landmines continued to be for thousands of people across the world.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris at the end of August 1997.
Her funerals took place on Saturday, September 6 in London, where thousands of people gathered to pay their tribute to the late princess.
An estimated 2.5 billion more people tuned in to watch the televised service.
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