Princess Diana’s look-alike nieces Ladies Eliza and Lady Amelia Spencer reflect on late aunt in first joint interview
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Lady Eliza Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer have reflected on their late aunt Princess Diana as they cover the latest issue of Tatler magazine.
The 28 year old twins were five when Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
Eliza and Amelia are the daughters of Diana's brother Charles Spencer and his model wife Victoria Aitken, and have remembered their aunt in their first ever joint interview for the fashion magazine.
Prince William and Prince Harry's cousins admitted they had no idea of Diana's impact on the world until after her death, as they were brought up in South Africa.
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Lady Eliza said: "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 always made an effort to connect with us as children and had a talent for reading children's hearts."
She went on to recall how they were once approached by a photographer while taking a stroll on Noordhoek, a beach in Cape Town, with their dad's sister.
"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.
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"It was only later that I came to understand the significance of the loss of her as a figure in the world."
Meanwhile, Lady Amelia, who got engaged to her partner Greg Mallet last July after 11 years of dating, has discussed how she is considering Althorp, where Diana is buried, as a wedding venue.
She told the publication: "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."
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Amelia also revealed how the pair and their siblings Lady Kitty, 30, and Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 26, have followed their cousins in open discussions surrounding mental health.
She said: "We have come a long way in terms of the conversations, and I hope there will come a time when the stigma is completely removed and that people will be able to ask for help and not feel judged for having mental health issues or struggling emotionally."
The March issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download on Monday 1st February. https://www.tatler.com/
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