Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer marries billionaire fashion magnate Michael Lewis in Italy
In a love affair that rivals the fairytale setting of a grand Italian villa, Lady Kitty Spencer married fashion mogul Michael Lewis yesterday in a lavish ceremony for their high-society friends and family.
As the scorching summer heat began to subside at 6 p.m., Princess Diana’s niece said “I do” to a hushed congregation at Frascati’s Villa Aldobrandini, a beautiful mansion overlooking Rome.
The wedding, attended by a host of celebrities and aristocrats, was the culmination of a weekend of celebrations that kicked off Friday night in the Italian capital.
The couple were joined by Lady Kitty’s sisters, twins Eliza and Amelia; Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her husband Ceawlin Thynn, the Marquess of Bath; pop star Pixie Lott and her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire; Idris Elba’s wife Sabrina; and Made In Chelsea star Mark Vandelli.
Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, pictured with her now husband Michael Lewis, 62 (picture taken during a trip to St Tropez in 2019)
The beautiful Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, Rome (pictured) hosted Lady Kitty Spencer’s wedding
Also in attendance were the three adult children of 62-year-old Mr. Lewis from a previous marriage. Lady Kitty, 30 – the eldest child of Diana’s brother Earl Spencer – is said to have developed strong relationships with her South African-born husband’s children.
In keeping with the Italian theme, fashion house Dolce and Gabbana played a leading role. Several guests including Viscountess Weymouth, socialite and DJ Marjorie Gubelmann and fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper wore the designers’ dresses.
Before the ceremony, Viscountess Weymouth and Ms Gubelmann posted on Instagram that their outfits were made by the Italian duo, while Ms Holland Cooper showed off a small D&G handbag on the social media site.
It is understood that Lady Kitty’s wedding dress was also made by the label. Earlier this year, she was named a global ambassador for the brand, saying, “When I wear their pieces, I feel their passion and feel the best version of myself.”
She may also have chosen to wear the Spencer tiara, a diamond headpiece in a floral design of tulips and star-shaped flowers, which her aunt wore for her wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 28, 1981. It is not known whether Earl Spencer attended the wedding, but on Friday – when the rehearsal took place – he posted a photo on his Instagram account of the gardens at his Althorp estate.
Pixie Lott (left) and Emma Thynn, Marchioness of Bath, having lunch at Restaurant Rosati in Rome
Lady Kitty Spencer wears a black and white polka dot dress as she poses in the iconic Piazza del Duomo
Lady Kitty Spencer posted a photo with her friends, writing: ‘Reunited with my favorite people in my favorite place’
Lady Kitty Spencer wears a hairpin that reads ‘bride’ as she dons a leopard print dress at a recent dinner party
After the ceremony, Lady Kitty and Mr Lewis treated the guests to a party and dance. Fireworks were also expected.
The wedding followed a few days of fun. On Friday evening, the couple hosted a dinner at the Galleria Del Cardinale restaurant in a Baroque palace in central Rome, where guests dined on traditional delicacies, including beef broth-filled ravioli, Sardinian fregola pasta and a choice of tiramisu and caprese cake.
Earlier this week, Lady Kitty hosted a bachelorette party for her best friends in Florence. The next evening, she posted a photo of the group wearing brightly colored wigs on Instagram.
Later that evening, she posed in the city’s Piazza del Duomo, wearing a striking black and white polka-dot dress and next to a £1,700 Dolce and Gabbana handbag.
In the hours leading up to the wedding, Lady Kitty’s friends were spotted enjoying the sights of Rome and its restaurants. In large sunglasses, Mrs. Lott and Viscountess Weymouth strolled near the Spanish Steps before stopping for lunch with Mr. Vandelli and his partner Piotr Krzymowski. They were later taken to the wedding venue by limousine.
The Mail on Sunday first revealed Lady Kitty’s relationship with Mr Lewis – owner of fashion chains Whistles and Phase Eight – in August 2018.
Nine months later, they were photographed together at the five-star Mark Hotel in New York. Mr Lewis proposed in December 2019. Lady Kitty, who was a fashion model like her mother Victoria Lockwood, is said to have met her husband – a philanthropist who has donated millions to Oxford University – through a mutual friend, former Defense Secretary Liam Fox.