| 3.3°C Dublin

kind-hearted Princess Diana's nieces tell of how she 'protected' them from paparazzi as children

The twins (28) said they did not know "how significant" the Princess of Wales was before her death when they were five.

Close

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

PRINCESS Diana's nieces, Amelia and Eliza Spencer, have recalled the moment their aunt "protected" them from paparazzi when they were children.

The twins (28) told Tatler they did not know "how significant" the Princess of Wales was before her death when they were five.

"We always just knew her as our aunt. Growing up in South Africa, I really had very little idea of how significant she was in the world until I was much older," said Eliza.

However, she does remember her aunt as being "incredibly warm, maternal and loving" and said: "She always made an effort to connect with us as children and had a talent for reading children's hearts."

They recalled one time when they were approached by a photographer during a beach trip with Diana.

"It could have been quite terrifying for us, being so young and not understanding what was happening, but she turned it into a game of who could get back to the car first," Eliza said.

"It was amazing how she protected us in a way that made us feel safe and not frightened. We had no idea what she was doing at the time."

When Diana died in August 1997 at the age of 36, Eliza said she recognised the "enormity" of the loss for her father, Diana's brother Charles Spencer, and the rest of her family.

"It was only later that I came to understand the significance of the loss of her as a figure in the world," she said.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Top Videos





Privacy