Princess Diana's niece: 'Growing up in SA, I really had very little idea of how significant she was'

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  • Princess Diana's nieces are opening up about their aunt as they grace the cover of Tatler's March 2021 issue.
  • Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza are the twins of Charles Spencer, Diana's brother.
  • "We always just knew her as our aunt," Lady Eliza says. "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's nieces, Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer, are gracing Tatler's March 2021 issue, and opening up about their special connection to their "incredibly warm, maternal and loving" aunt.

"We always just knew her as our aunt," Lady Eliza tells the publication. "Growing up in South Africa, I really had very little idea of how significant she was in the world until I was much older."

She added: "She always made an effort to connect with us as children and had a talent for reading children's hearts."

Amelia and Eliza are twins, and the children of Diana's brother, Charles Spencer.

In their interview, they also reflected on Diana's instinct to protect them when a photographer approached during a beach outing.

"Obviously it could have been quite terrifying for us, being so young and not understanding what was happening. But she turned it into a game of who could get back to the car first. It was amazing how she protected us in a way that made us feel safe and not frightened. We had no idea what she was doing at the time.

"As a child, I realised the enormity of the loss for my father and family," she said. "It was only later that I came to understand the significance of the loss of her as a figure in the world."

On her upcoming wedding to her University of Cape Town sweetheart, Greg Mallet, Amelia also dished on potentially having the ceremony in Althorp where they spent the first three years of their lives growing up.

"It's our family home, it's beautiful. We would be very lucky to get married there, but Cape Town is where we grew up and there is a possibility that we might do it here too," she shared. 

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