It’s a long way from the surf of South Africa to the cover of Tatler. But this girl has history on her side.
Despite growing up in relative obscurity in South Africa, the daughter of Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer, Kitty Spencer strikes a sultry pose as she graces the cover of society bible Tatler magazine.
The photoshoot follows in the footsteps of her mother, former model Victoria Lockwood, who was the magazine’s cover star almost 19 years ago.
But the 18-year-old admitted it’s really her father who she takes after.
‘We both have strong opinions. We have the same sense of humour. He’s one of those guys that doesn’t mess around.’
Kitty and her family quit England in 1995, around the time her mother and father were splitting up.
One of her first public appearances came in 2007, at her late aunt’s memorial service, when photographs of her receiving kisses from Princes William and Harry were seen as a historic signal that the rift between the Spencers and Windsors had healed.
But aside from that, she has kept away from the media spotlight and only visits Althorp, the Spencers’ ancestral family home in Northamptonshire, during holidays.
Miss Spencer said she was shocked when she watched Keira Knightley’s film The Duchess, about Lady Georgiana Spencer, who grew up at Althorp and became the Duchess of Devonshire through marriage.
‘It’s weird that she’s the equivalent of me 200 years ago,’ she said. ‘I hope I don’t have to marry someone like that.’