Lady Kitty Spencer is an English aristocrat who is well known for being the niece of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the eldest child of Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. The royal socialite and model is the global ambassador for the jewelry brand Bulgari and the fashion company Dolce & Gabbana.
Lady Kitty Spencer was born as Katherine Eleanor Spencer Independent on Friday, 28 December 1990 (age 30 years; as of 2020) in London, England.
In 1995, Kitty’s father, the 9th Earl Spencer, escaped public scrutiny by moving to Cape Town in South Africa, along with his family, to raise his children away from the spotlight. In an interview, while talking about Cape Town, Kitty said,
I don’t think there really is a spotlight in South Africa…I don’t think anyone knew anything about my family. It was good to grow up in an environment where people built each other up.”
She did her schooling at Reddam House, a private school in Cape Town. After her parents divorced in 1997, her father returned to the UK. Meanwhile, Kitty stayed with her mother in Cape Town. Consequently, while growing up she juggled her time between Althorp, the Spencers’ ancestral family home in Northamptonshire, and Cape Town. Although Kitty was scouted by various modelling agencies during her school days, her mother encouraged her to prioritize academics. Thereafter, she enrolled herself at the University of Cape Town, where she studied English, psychology, and politics. As a young aristocratic woman, she was presented as a debutante at the 19th annual Bal Crillon des Debutantes in 2009. Later, she spent three years studying art, history, and Italian in Florence, Italy. In 2012, after returning to the UK, she pursued Masters in Luxury Brand Management at the Regent’s University, London, undertaking a Consultancy at Financial Times as a part of her master’s degree. Storm Management
Height (approx.): 5’ 8”
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Family & Ethnicity
Descendant of the House of Stuart through Charles II of England by his illegitimate sons, Lady Kitty Spencer was born into the renowned English noble family The Spencer family. The honorable British aristocratic family of the United Kingdom has held multiple peerages including the Earldom of Spencer, the Dukedom of Marlborough, the Earldom of Sunderland, and the Churchill Barony.
Parents & Siblings
Lady Kitty Spencer’s father, Charles Spencer, worked as an on-air correspondent with NBC News from 1986 to 1995. The successor of the title of Viscount Althorp, 9th Earl Spencer was a Member of the House of Lords from 1992 to 1999. Kitty’s mother, Victoria Lockwood, is an English former model who earned the title of Tatler’s girl of the year in 1984. In 1990, Victoria appeared on the cover of the renowned British magazine Tatler.
On 10 July 1992, Charles and Victoria welcomed twins, Lady Eliza Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer. Born on 14 March 1994, Kitty’s brother Louis Spencer became the heir apparent to the earldom.
After the couple divorced in 1997, Victoria Lockwood caught massive attention for controversially discussing her past alcohol and heroin addiction and making allegations of betrayal against her husband Earl Spencer. Later, her experience enabled her to become an addiction counselor. From 2001 to 2007, Charles was married to Caroline Freud. Together, the couple has two children, a son named Edmund Spencer and a daughter named Lady Lara Spencer.
In 2005, Victoria Lockwood got married to ex-model and South African businessman Jonathan Aitken. Together, the couple has a son named Samuel Aitken.
In June 2011, Charles got married to the Canadian philanthropist Karen Gordon, the founder and CEO of the US-based NGO Whole Child International. On 30 July 2012, Charles and Karen welcomed their daughter, Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer.
Wife/Husband & Children
On 24 July 2021, Lady Kitty Spencer got married to the chairman of fashion company Foschini Group, Michael Lewis, at the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, Rome. The couple started dating in 2018 and got engaged in 2019. For her fairy wedding, she wore a stunning dress created by Dolce & Gabbana.
Previously, Michael Lewis was married to a woman named Leola with whom he has three children.
Lady Kitty Spencer is the niece of Diana, Princess of Wales, a member of the British royal family whose activism and glamour made her an international icon and earned her massive popularity.
She is the first cousin of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
Sir Winston Churchill, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, is another eminent member of The Spencer family.
Affairs & Boyfriends
In 2008, Lady Kitty Spencer started dating Jasper Eales, a professional surfer, former lifeguard, and model from Cape Town. Kitty had known Jasper since her school days when she was twelve. Later, Jasper disappeared from Kitty’s life when he left school and took a gap year. The couple reunited in 2007. Later, she ended the relationship when she moved back to the UK after spending a relatively private childhood in Cape Town. In an interview, while talking about her surfer boyfriend, she said,
To be honest, he won’t last in London…He’s a total surfer, so I know he won’t last here. I don’t think the beaches of Cornwall will be up to South African standards.”
Born to Viscount and Viscountess Althorp of The Spencer family, Kitty Spencer has been in the spotlight since childhood. When Kitty was one, she graced the cover of the 1992 Harpers & Queen magazine (now known as Harper’s Bazaar UK), along with her mother.
Raised well out of the limelight in South Africa, she took London’s social scene by storm in 2007 when Tatler magazine named her Britain’s most eligible girl, following just one public appearance at a memorial service for her aunt Diana. Upon her permanent arrival in the UK in 2012, she secured various modelling consignments, and soon, fashion became a big part of her life. Inheriting the modelling skills from the mother, Victoria Lockwood, Kitty Spencers rose to prominence with her professional modelling debut, featured in the 2015 December issue of Tatler magazine.
Later, she signed with the modelling agency Storm. She walked her first runway in February 2017, at the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18.
In September 2017, she walked the ramp for Dolce & Gabbana’s Secret Show, and in February 2018, she graced the ramp of Dolce & Gabbana’s Secrets & Diamonds show. In 2018, she became an ambassador for the Italian luxury brand BVLGARI, known for its exclusive collection of jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories, and leather goods. She was instrumental in raising funds for Bulgari’s key charity partners Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) and Save the Children. She helped to raise £140,000 for EJAF when she modelled and introduced the Bulgari’s Divas’ Dream diamond necklace, which was later auctioned at their gala to aid the charity.
She was officially hired as the global brand ambassador for Dolce & Gabbana in 2021. As an international fashion and beauty icon, Kitty has worked with esteemed brands like Estee Lauder, D&G, Vogue, Ralph Lauren, Zimmerman, Alberta Ferretti, and Aquazurra. Apart from being featured in editorials of acclaimed magazines like Marie Claire Spain and Elle Russia throughout the world, Kitty has also appeared on the covers of magazines L’Officiel Brazil and Tatler. Additionally, she is a royal socialite who actively flaunts her lavish lifestyle by uploading a mixture of memes, scenic shots, and her fashionable outfits on her social media accounts.
- Rock Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Television Series: Friends (1994-2004), QI (2003), Weakest Link (2000), University Challenge (1962)
- Writer: Lena Dunham
- Book: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham
- Web Series: House of Cards (2013)
- Brand: Dolce & Gabbana
- Despite being the eldest child of 9th Earl Spencer, Lady Kitty was not bestowed with the right of succession to the title of Earldom of Spencer and family estates like Althorp and Spencer House belonging to the firstborn child. Due to primogeniture, the feudal rule that states ancestral property be passed on to a male heir, the title and family estates were passed on to her younger brother, Louis Spencer. In spite of her strong gender equality beliefs, in an interview, she stated that she was happy her brother inherited Althorp to keep the property within the family name. She said,
In general, I’m totally pro gender equality. But I’m quite happy that that’s [going to be] my brother’s responsibility. I just think it’s the correct way…I like that the house stays within the same family with the same surname. I wouldn’t want it any other way for the Spencers.”
- In 2013, she learned about a military charity named Give Us Time, founded by the former British Defence Minister Liam Fox. The charity allots commercially let accommodation donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, and holiday homes to military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection with their families. Later, she became an ambassador and trustee of the charity.
- In 2016, she became an ambassador for the UK-based charity Centrepoint that aims at providing accommodation and support to young homeless people aged 16–25.
- Despite being a social media freak herself, Kitty is cautious about its side effects and believes it can be dangerous, particularly for young girls. In an interview, she said,
It’s an edited, filtered version of life. Younger girls think that’s reality and something that they can strive for, and if they fall short of that then they’ve somehow failed.”
- She adores the fictional character named Betty Draper, who appears in AMC’s television series Mad Men (2007). While talking about Betty Draper’s fashion style in an interview, she said,
I’d wear that every day if I wouldn’t get looked at strangely on the street, but it’s absolutely the style I love—just the classic, feminine 50s style.”
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