Fans of the Royal family remember it Princess Diana would always be pursued in the spotlight by the paparazzi until harassment for most of their lives and even their fatal car accident in 1997 was caused by the photographers. Now, Lady Di’s twin nieces, who were only 5 at the time, remember how she taught them to avoid the paparazzi and how she would protect them from the cameras.
Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer gave an interview for Tatler’s March issue and while chatting with the news agency they remembered accompanying Princess Diana to Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Then a photographer approached the sisters, despite their age.
Eliza shared, “Obviously it could have been pretty terrible for us to be so young and just not understand what was happening.” But she just made it a game of who can get back to the car first. It was amazing how she protected us so much that we felt safe. We had no idea what she was doing then. “
She also mentioned that Princess Diana, so respected and loved by the whole world, was just her aunt in her eyes.
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“When I grew up in South Africa, I really had no idea how important it was to the world until I got a lot older. As a child, I understood the enormous loss to father and our family. It wasn’t until later that I realized how important her loss is as a figure in the world. “
Obviously, since they were so young, Eliza and her twin remember very little of Diana, but the fact that she felt so “incredibly warm, motherly, and loving” still lingers in her memory today.
In their opinion, Princess Diana made an effort to get in touch with them and was really great at understanding children.
For more information, see the full interview on February 1st!