Princess Diana turned running away from paparazzi into a game (Picture: Tatler/Getty Images)
Princess Diana’s twin nieces have recalled how she turned running away from the ‘terrifying’ paparazzi into a game when they were young.
Sharing a distinct resemblance to their aunt, Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia — who were only five when Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997 — are the daughters of her brother, Earl Spencer.
Speaking about a day on the beach with the princess in Cape Town, where they were brought up, the twins, 28, said the situation ‘could have been quite terrifying for us, being so young’.
They told Tatler: ‘But she turned it into a game of who could get back to the car first.’
Eliza added: ‘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.’
Eliza and Amelia Spencer (Picture: Tatler)
Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer on Tatler (Picture: Tatler)
Eliza also said she remembers Diana as ‘incredibly warm, maternal and loving’, saying that she ‘always made an effort to connect with us as children’.
Diana’s nieces were pictured for the magazine in Cape Town, where they grew up.
Because they grew up in South Africa, Eliza added that she had ‘very little idea of how significant Diana was in the world until I was much older’.
Read the full interview in Tatler’s March issue, out on Monday.
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