Prince Harry's model cousin Kitty Spencer speaks out over all the attention she got after the royal wedding
All eyes were on the British Royal family last May, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their fairy tale wedding - but it wasn't just the happy couple that the internet had its eyes on.
First, everyone was lusting after Louis Frederick John Spencer, then eyes turned to his sister, Lady Kitty.
Kitty is the daughter of Charles, the brother of Prince Diana, and former model Victoria Lockwood. After growing up in South Africa, Kitty is now based in London since she signed with Storm Management four years ago - the same agency that launched the careers of Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss.
In 2017, she made her runway debut for Dolce & Gabbana, and spends the rest of her time working with charities such as Centrepoint - of which Diana was a patron. While Kitty has followed her mother's example into the world of modelling for a few years now, it was her appearance at the wedding that attracted a serious amount of attention.
The 28-year-old model recently spoke to Harpers Bazaar for their spring issue, where she revealed how strange it was to see her social media blow up following her appearance at the wedding.
“It was definitely unexpected. [My Instagram followers] went from 17G to half a million in one night. I thought I had someone else’s phone when I woke up the next morning. I had to turn my notifications off because my phone was doing to die… Can I still FaceTime my cat and put it on my Stories?”
Spencer said that she tends to use her social media to promote her modelling work, but keeps her private life as protected as possible. And when it comes to discussing her cousins William and Harry, she chooses to avoid the subject "out of respect".
She's not interested in speaking on whether she's single or not, but did provide some idea on her taste in men, for anyone who's wondering.
“I’ve been really lucky,” she explained. “I’ve always had really lovely, straightforward boyfriends. Whenever anything exciting happens in my life, or sad, the serious boyfriends I’ve had will be the first to get in touch and the first to be supportive.”
“I don’t see the appeal of going for anyone who’s too complicated or not trustworthy.
"I just like people who are kind. If you haven’t got kindness you haven’t really got much. The men that I’ve been with have been kind and still are. And it’s lovely because it’s like a greater form of friendship in a way.”
Ever since the wedding, she's found that she's been brought in for more and more modelling runways and events across the world. “I do feel like I sort of snuck through the back door and no one’s noticed yet,” said Spencer. “That’s the feeling I get, especially at shows."
"I keep thinking that this is potentially short term and a really exciting moment, so I’m trying to embrace it for what it is," she added. "Then when it does end, just being grateful because it was something I never imagined in the first place."