Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana's niece, stuns in Canadian designer on HarpersBazaar.com cover – see the photo!

By Sarah Walker

After Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s royal wedding last May, Lady Kitty Spencer received an unexpected surprise: She told HarpersBazaar.com that when she signed in to her Instagram account the next day, she was shocked to discover her followers had gone from 17,000 to more than half a million overnight!

The late Princess Diana’s niece has given an intimate and revealing interview to the publication, in which she discusses everything from her aunt to her taste in men. And to top it all off, she posed for the cover photo and related images while wearing a dress by Canadian designer Sid Neigum. His work has also been featured in publications like Vogue and Elle, and he's dressed the likes of Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pinkett Smith and MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank. It’s safe to say Kitty’s hit the big time!

Kitty is the eldest child of Charles Spencer, who is the 9th Earl Spencer and Princess Diana's brother. Photo: © HarpersBazaar.com

“It was definitely unexpected. I thought I had someone else’s phone when I woke up the next morning,” she told the publication of the massive wave of interest after she was photographed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ’s 2018 nuptials, before joking: “I had to turn my notifications off because my phone was going to die… Can I still FaceTime my cat and put it on my Stories?”

There was a massive wave of interest in Kitty after Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. You’ll remember she arrived at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle wearing an emerald green slim-fit dress with a gorgeous floral pattern and co-ordinating hat with netting. Her look, which also included a diamond choker lipstick and red lipstick, went viral and became the talk of royal watchers during and after the wedding.

Kitty stunned with this gorgeous look at Meghan and Harry's wedding in May 2018. Photo: © Samir Hussein/WireImage

But things didn’t quiet down after that – far from it. Later that month, Charles Spencer’s daughter was also announced as the new face of high-end jeweller BVLGARI. She was also spotted in an absolutely to-die-for Dolce & Gabbana outfit at the V&A Summer Party later in the year.

The model told HarpersBazaar.com she hasn’t gotten used to her new fame, and said she feels a sense of “not belonging.” She said it’s particularly prominent for her when she takes the runway with the likes of Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, Isabella Rossellini, Helena Christensen and Naomi Campbell – something she did in the fall of 2018 for Dolce & Gabbana.

“I do feel like I sort of snuck through the back door and no one’s noticed yet,” she said. “I keep thinking that this is potentially short term and a really exciting moment, so I’m trying to embrace it for what it is. And then when it does end, just being grateful because it was something I never imagined in the first place.”

Kitty, centre, with her sisters Eliza and Amelia, who are twins, and father Charles in 2000. Photo: © Jonathan Utz/AFP/Getty Images

Kitty said one thing that’s kept her grounded through her newfound fame is her upbringing and close family ties. She told the publication she feels “lucky” to have been raised in South Africa, where she enjoyed time outdoors and lived at a relaxed, serene pace.

Mary Greenwall, Princess Diana’s makeup artist, told HarpersBazaar.com that Kitty’s spirit is remarkably similar to that of her late-aunt: “Diana was so willing and open... as is Kitty. Just sort of free – there’s a sense of freedom with all of them. I think the sense of freedom is actually very important, that then they didn’t feel stifled by their upbringing and their circumstances.”

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For now, Kitty told the publication she’d like to continue to focus on her career and on being a role model for young women. “I guess I’m doing these things on my own terms,” she said, particularly of maintaining a healthy sense of self. “I look after myself but I’m not obsessive or unhealthy. If a brand wants to work with me, and think their designs look good on me, then they can give them to me in my size.”

Love could also be in the cards. “I’ve been really lucky. I’ve always had really lovely, straightforward boyfriends,” she said. “Whenever anything exciting happens in my life, or sad, the serious boyfriends I’ve had will be the first to get in touch and the first to be supportive. I don’t see the appeal of going for anyone who’s too complicated or not trustworthy… The men that I’ve been with have been kind and still are. And it’s lovely because it’s like a greater form of friendship in a way.”

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