You might know her father, Charles, from the funeral of his sister, Princess Diana, where he delivered a passionate and widely quoted eulogy. But you likely know Lady Kitty Spencer from a much happier occasion: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, where the prince’s cousin (her father, the 9th Earl Spencer, was Diana’s younger brother) made her debut on the world stage—clad in Dolce & Gabbana with Bulgari diamonds around her neck, no less.
Where had they been hiding her? Cape Town, actually, where the Spencer family moved when she was five years old. In 2013 she decided it was time to go to London, a city where, she believes, “it’s impossible to be bored.”
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Lady Kitty Spencer was born on December 28, the eldest child of Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer and Victoria Aitken, a former model.
Though she was based in Cape Town until 2013, Spencer made frequent trips to London, most notably for her cousin Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.
Spencer had her first modeling job at Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2017 show in Milan, where she shared the runway with other famous offspring like Alexandra Richards and Sofia Richie.
It’s also a good base for the 28-year-old’s burgeoning modeling career, which she calls “a happy accident.” Two years ago Dolce & Gabbana asked Spencer to walk in its Milan Fashion Week show. Then last May, as the tabloids were going wild for her following the royal wedding, she became an ambassador for the storied Italian jewelry house Bulgari.
For her latest assignment with Bulgari, Spencer is on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the B.zero1 collection. It’s a natural gig, since the signature rings are part of her daily jewelry rotation.
“My favorite is the rose gold and white ceramic ring. It’s so good for daytime,” she says. The version designed by Zaha Hadid, which the late architect infused with her famous curves, is also a staple. The two pieces—and many more—will accompany Spencer on her upcoming Bulgari duties around the world, from Tokyo to India.
“It’s like a very glamorous gap year,” she says. Her half a million Instagram followers will just have to live vicariously.
Photographs By Max Montgomery. Styled By MaryKate Boylan.
This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Town & Country. SUBSCRIBE NOW