Lady Kitty Spencer’s relationship with her father Earl Charles Spencer has grown “chilled and distant” since he married third wife Karen, a source claims.
Princess Diana’s eldest daughter, 30, married millionaire Michael Lewis, 62, on Saturday at a 17th-century Italian castle in a stunning lace dress from Dolce & Gabbana, for whom she is a brand ambassador.
But her father, 57 — five years younger than Michael — was noticeably absent from the wedding, with Kitty walking down the aisle by her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 27, and half-brother Samuel Aitken, whose father is businessman Jonathan Aitken.
On Friday – as the wedding rehearsal took place – Earl Spencer posted a photo of the moon over the family’s childhood home, Althorp in Northamptonshire, on social media. Given that current travel restrictions require five days of isolation upon arrival in Italy, it seems he was not among the benefactors.
The eldest daughter of Princess Diana’s brother, 30, married retail millionaire Michael Lewis, 62, on Saturday at a 17th-century Italian castle. Her brothers Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp and Samuel Aitken walked down the aisle with her
Lady Kitty’s father Earl Charles Spencer, 57 – five years younger than Michael – was noticeably absent from the wedding (pictured July 1 with Prince Harry at the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue in London)
He has battled a painful shoulder injury, which he revealed last month affected his freedom of movement. He did attend the unveiling of the new statue of Princess Diana in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on what would have been his sister’s 60th birthday.
An insider told MailOnline that his physical condition is unlikely to be the reason he was absent from his daughter’s lavish wedding.
Kitty and Charles were very close growing up, but their relationship has cooled and become more distant since his marriage to his third wife Karen in 2011, they said.
The source added that Kitty has become increasingly financially independent from her father after building a successful career as a model and working as a brand ambassador for luxury names such as Dolce and Gabbana.
“The four children are all close to their mother Victoria and get along well with their step-siblings and their Spencer aunts and have forged their own relationships without Charles tying them together,” they continued.
On Friday – as the wedding rehearsal took place – Earl Spencer posted a photo of the moon over the family’s childhood home, Althorp in Northamptonshire
A source told Mail Online: “Kitty and Charles were very close growing up, but their relationship has cooled and become more distant since his marriage to his third wife Karen in 2011.” Pictured: Charles and Karenin 2018 at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
“Charles recently got an injury and maybe that’s why he doesn’t travel, but it’s just easier for everyone that he’s not there.”
Lady Kitty previously said her father was “strict” about the money he gave his children when he was growing up, eager to teach them “the value of money.”
Lady Kitty’s mother is British ex-model Victoria Aitken (nee Lockwood), 55, who was married to Charles from 1989 to 1997.
The couple, who reportedly had a fiery marriage in which Charles allegedly cheated on 12 women while his wife was in rehab, moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where Kitty and her siblings became Lady Eliza, Lady Amelia and Louis. raised away from the glare of public attention.
Princess Diana’s death occurred while their divorce case was underway; shortly after their split was finalized, Earl Spencer moved back to the UK.
In December 2001, he married Caroline Freud (née Hutton), the ex-wife of the publicist Matthew Freud. They had two children – the Honorable Edmund Spencer and Lady Lara Spencer.
Earl Spencer and his daughter Kitty are pictured leaving his Caroline Spencer divorce hearing in central London in 2009
But in 2006, when Lara was four months old, Charles left Caroline for American reporter Coleen Sullivan, who had been sent by a television station to interview him. Their relationship lasted only 18 months.
In February 2010, after turning 18, Kitty told The Mail on Sunday that her father was ‘hands-on’ while growing up and despite traveling regularly between the UK and South Africa, he was always just a ‘phone call deleted’.
She also said she was “proud” of her father for his touching speech at Westminster Abbey at his sister’s funeral, attacking the media and the royal family.
Speaking about her parents’ divorce, Kitty said they were on good terms and “can talk about issues that concern us four children and that they respect each other.”
“That’s really all you can ask for,” she added. “They’ve always made an effort to be polite to each other in front of us, no matter what’s going on. Now they have reached the point where it was all 15 years ago. I think time has made things better.”
Lady Kitty wore a beautiful lace dress from Dolce & Gabbana, for whom she is a brand ambassador
Kitty was by her father’s side during his divorce from Caroline and met him for lunch after going to court in London. She was quoted at the time as saying her stepmother was a “terrible woman,” but when questioned about this, she replied, “I don’t know when I said that. I would never say that to anyone, especially anyone who would write about it.’
In June 2011, after dating for less than a year and months after his sudden split with Lady Bianca Eliot, Charles married Karen Gordon (née Villeneuve), a Canadian philanthropist and founder and chief executive of Whole Child International, a charity based in Los Angeles. that works to improve the lot of orphaned, abandoned or abused children.
The couple held a private civil ceremony in Althorp, followed by a blessing, attended by only close friends and family. His cousins Princes William and Harry were not present.
They have one child together, Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer, named in honor of her aunt, Diana, Princess of Wales.
At their wedding, Michael and Kitty were joined by her sisters, twins Eliza and Amelia, as well as half-sister Lady Lara and Jonah Freud – Kitty’s former stepmother Caroline’s son whom she shares with Matthew.
Also in attendance were Michael’s three adult children from a previous marriage. Lady Kitty is understood to have formed strong relationships with her husband’s children.
After the ceremony, the two were seen toasting their wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family on the villa’s balcony.
Michael opted for a smart white tuxedo and later Prince William and Harry’s younger cousin changed into a second dress, featuring short sleeves, pink floral details and a flowing hemline.