Lady Kitty Spencer arrives at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
During Prince Harry’s wedding with Meghan Markle in May, Lady Kitty Spencer managed to do the impossible — steal the limelight of the bride.
The 27-year-old stunned onlookers with her resemblance with her deceased aunt Diana Spencer, with pictures of her hiking in St George’s Chapel, in custom Dolce & Gabbana going viral.
But who is the woman who headlines after finding himself thrust in the center of the biggest event of the year?
Like Princess Diana, Kitty, was marred by her parents ‘ messy divorce.
The daughter of Charles Spencer, now the 9th Earl of Spencer, and former model Victoria Lockwood, Kitty was born in London, but grew up in cape town in addition to the younger brothers and sisters, Eliza, Katya and Frederick.
Charles Spencer moved his family to South Africa in the early 1990s in an attempt to escape the media spotlight came with his Princess Diana’s brother.
Despite enjoying a comfortable upbringing thanks to the Spencer family of $177 million fortune, Kitty’s parents were acrimoniously in 1997, with her father moving back to the uk shortly after, and a marriage with two times since then.
“Sometimes I have the feeling that my family should be on The Jerry Springer Show,” Kitty told Hello! Magazine in 2008.
“From the outside, the structure looks so dysfunctional. However, each member of my family is a part of my happiness.”
Kitty also admits that they don’t really remember Princess Diana — who died when she was only six years old — despite the fact that the model with a striking resemblance to her famous aunt.
“I was so young [when Diana’s] life. There are only a few memories, but special memories and happy memories, and I am so lucky to have this,” Kitty told Vanity Fair in 2016, shortly after they decided to move from South Africa to London.
It was after moving to the United Kingdom that Kitty’s profile decreased, with the model becoming a regular on the London social scene and is making her debut modeling for Dolce & Gabbana in 2017.
In contrast to her father, who famously slammed the paparazzi’s obsession with Diana at her funeral, Kitty said she doesn’t mind being in the spotlight.
“The attention of the media gives you the platform to talk about the things that are important to you,” she told Vanity Fair.
The socialite has also Australia, house for a short period of time, spending a number of months down under during the summer of 2015-2016 while working as an ambassador for racing and polo events.
But Kitty’s rise to fame is not without bumps, the model caused controversy for its comments about the homeless in 2016.
While working as an ambassador for Centrepoint — a charity that helps homeless young people find a job — Kitty told reporters that they are jealous of their situation.
“The young people that Centrepoint are so focused on one thing,” she told The Times.
“They know exactly what they want to do and what their talents are. So for that I envy them. “I go to battle with what I really want, to my mind.”
Kitty’s love life has also seen her in the news, with the model split from the father of three Italian real estate tycoon Niccolo Barattieri after four years together in July 2017.
According to the Daily Mail, Kitty, and Niccolo, who is 20 years her senior, broke up because of her wish to marry and have children.
But since attending Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May, Kitty doesn’t seem to have time for romance, with modeling at the highest level.
The opening of the Dolce & Gabbana’s Lake Como fashion show earlier this month in a dress worthy of a fairytale princess, it was clear that Kitty has arrived.
This article originally appeared on the news.com.au.