So many members of the British royal family guard their privacy with great concern — but not Kitty Spencer, the 25-year-old niece of Princess Diana. She's perfectly content to share images of what she's doing and where she's traveling on her Instagram account, giving a special peek into what life is really like when you're related to major royalty.
She's the oldest child of Charles Spencer, Princess Diana's only living brother. Kitty's mother is a former model, now an addiction counselor, named Victoria Lockwood. The family relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, in the mid-1990s, claiming a desire to escape the media spotlight as the marriage fell apart; Charles and Victoria's eventual 1997 divorce was the subject of many tabloid reports that detailed each party's supposed marital shortcomings. Charles went on to marry two more times, and Victoria's second marriage ended in divorce.
Despite spending many years in South Africa and completing her undergraduate degree there, Kitty decided to return to her home in the United Kingdom. She finished a master's degree course in London, and has since launched a successful career in modeling and on the social circuit. Following the death of Charles and Diana's father Johnny in 1992, Charles became Earl and heir to the sprawling estate of Althrop in the British countryside. It's where both Charles and Diana Spencer grew up, and a special place to which Diana would return often. Now, the massive spread is where Kitty does some of her own entertaining and spends relaxing weekends.
Kitty's aristicratic designation is that of "Lady," which ranks below the more regal titles of her Prince cousins, William and Harry, and William's two children. Nonetheless, Kitty's high-profile relations and her family's long history make her a must get at fashion shows and fancy parties. We've rounded up 15 reasons her Instagram account offers an unprecedented look into the royal lifestyle — we think you'll be pretty intrigued, too.