Princess Diana: Your nieces remember your famous aunt

Princess Diana
Her nieces remember her famous aunt

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, she was only 36 years old.

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Princess Diana's nieces, Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer, remember their famous aunt with a touching story.

The twins Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer (28) adorn the March issue of "Tatler" magazine. They are the daughters of Princess Diana's (1961-1997) brother, Earl Charles Spencer (56), and the sisters of society darling Lady Kitty Spencer (30). In the interview for the cover shoot, they tell a touching story about their late aunt Diana.

Accordingly, they were once with her at Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town, South Africa, and were approached by a photographer there. "Of course it could have been pretty scary for us because we were so young and didn't understand what was happening. But she turned it into a game about who came back to the car first," recalls Eliza. "It was amazing how she protected us in a way that we felt safe and not scared. We had no idea what she was doing then," enthuses Lady Eliza.

Diana was just the aunt

The twins grew up in South Africa. That is also one of the reasons why they only understood much later who was protecting them back then. "We only ever knew her as our aunt. Since I grew up in South Africa, I really had little idea how important she was in the world until I was much older," says Lady Eliza about Princess Diana today.

When the aunt died, the twins were five years old. "As a child, I recognized the tremendous loss for my father and my family. Only later did I understand the importance of the loss of her as a personality in the world," she continues. Diana was "incredibly warm, motherly and loving". "She always tried to get in touch with us children and had a talent for reading children's hearts."

Mental health is not a taboo subject thanks to Diana

In the interview, the twins also honor much greater merits of the late Queen of Hearts. Thanks to Princess Diana, her family was "very open" with the issue of mental health, an issue that Diana had long fought to de-stigmatize. "It was never something we were afraid to talk about when we had our own problems," Lady Eliza confirms the success of Diana's engagement.

And Lady Amelia adds, "I hope there will be a time when the stigma will be completely removed and people will be able to ask for help and not feel judged for having mental health problems or struggle emotionally. "

Lady Diana Spencer married the British heir to the throne, Prince Charles (72), in 1981. They were officially divorced one year before her accidental death on August 31, 1997 in Paris, France.