Their glamorous aunt, Princess Diana, was one of the most photographed women in the world – and now her two nieces Eliza and Amelia Spencer have posed for a stunning magazine cover together.
The 28-year-old twins have opened up in a very rare interview about their lives to society bible Tatler, having largely lived out of the spotlight until now.
The pair spent their early years in the Spencers’ family home, Althorp, in Northamptonshire, before moving to South Africa with their parents, Earl Spencer and Victoria Aitken, in 1995 – two years before Diana’s death.
The same year he lost his sister, Earl Spencer and his wife also divorced – with him choosing to return to the UK while his ex-wife remained in Cape Town with their kids.
Now, Eliza and Amelia have opened up about their lives away from the spotlight, and discussed the lasting impression their “incredibly warm, maternal and loving” aunt, Diana, had on them both. They were just five years old when she died.
Here we look inside the twins’ glamorous lives – from stunning getaways to endless beach days and handsome partners …
SEAFRONT STAYS AND LAVISH HOMES
Despite remaining with their mother in Cape Town, Eliza and Amelia have always been close to their father and the wider Royal family.
They both attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.
As two of seven children, they grew up with siblings Kitty and Louis, then their father went on to marry twice more and have three more kids: Edmund Charles Spencer and Lady Lara Spencer with ex-wife Caroline Freud, and Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer with third wife, Karen Gordon.
They may not have grown up in a palace, but Eliza and Amelia certainly appear to have lived in luxury in Cape Town.
Older sister Kitty gave a glimpse at what appeared to be a huge family home in 2018, with a giant infinity pool looking out over the sea.
Her siblings have also shared snaps in front of an incredible sea view, after they reunited with their brother, Louis.
The family regularly enjoy day trips around Cape Town, while they’ve also posted snaps relaxing together surrounded by sprawling fields.
STUNNING HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
While the siblings appear to love nothing more than spending quality time at home, they’ve also shared snaps from some beautiful holidays abroad over the years too.
Their sister Kitty is known for her globetrotting, and Eliza in particular appears to share the same passion for travel.
She recently celebrated her four-year anniversary with partner Channing Millerd, sharing a photo of them both on the River Thames in London, and she’s also previously posted an incredible photo from a ski break together.
More recently, she shared a throwback photo looking at out a magnificent sunset in Mauritius, while she enjoyed a stunning boat trip in Port d’Andratx in 2019 too.
Meanwhile, she appears to have followed in her aunt’s inspiring footsteps with a trip to Malawi with charity, United Purpose.
Amelia, meanwhile, has shared a stream of photos from trips around South Africa – including stays at luxury vineyards and eye-popping beaches.
She also enjoyed a break in St Tropez with her now-fiance Greg Mallett in 2015, with the pair posing for a sunny snap together in Place des Lices, while they also jetted to California in 2013.
A ROMANTIC PROPOSAL
Amelia announced her engagement to handsome fiance, Greg, the nephew of former South African rugby coach Nick Mallett, in July last year.
And her father revealed on social media that Greg had stuck with tradition and asked for his blessing before popping the question.
Charles Spencer tweeted at the time: “So happy for my daughter, Amelia, engaged to her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg – it’s wonderful to hear them both so excited about their future.
“Sending them both love, and every good wish for their life together. I love that Greg asked my blessing before proposing. Very sweet.”
The groom-to-be also announced the happy news on Instagram, writing: “So this was the best day of my life.”
Estate agent Greg, nicknamed Grizzle, had been dating Amelia for 11 years, according to Tatler, after meeting at the University of Cape Town.
The pair are now considering where to say ‘I Do’, with Amelia telling Tatler that her father has suggested Althorp for the venue.
She said: “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.”
Her sister Eliza is also very loved up with her partner Channing, a marketing executive who attended the same school as Eliza’s brother.
The pair regularly pose for photos together, enjoying stunning holidays around the world.
And with their royally glam lives providing the backdrop, they look set to live happily ever after.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.