Shannen Findlay


Why Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer could lose her inheritance

Why Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer could lose her inheritance

Princess Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer has revealed he will be planning to follow a long-kept tradition in his family by leaving the Spencer family estate to his son despite having an older daughter. 

The father-of-seven admitted to The Sunday Telegraph he wishes to leave Althorp Estate to his eldest son Viscount Louis Spencer, 25, instead of his eldest child, Lady Kitty Spencer, 28. 

Charles Spencer and Princess Diana.

The 9th Earl Spencer says he sees no issues with the decision, which is tied to the archaic tradition of male primogeniture where the eldest son inherits property, titles and fortunes. 

Victoria Aitken, Lady Kitty Spencer and Viscount Althorp. 

“Is it any fairer that the eldest child gets it instead of the eldest male? Whatever you say is a selection,” he said. 

Charles inherited the estate over his eldest sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes and Princess Diana.

The Althorp Estate was the home of Princess Diana before she married into the royal family and it is located in the district of Daventry in Northamptonshire. 

The estate includes a Grade I listed stately home, along with 50 square kilometres of cottages, woodland and farms.

Princess Diana’s grave can be found in the middle of an ornamental lake on the state – a location chosen to defend the royal’s remains from ghouls. 

Charles Spencer and his wife Victoria Aitken (m. 1989-1997) with their 3 daughters : Kitty Eleanor, Eliza Victoria and Katya Amelia, attending a horse show at Althorp house, Northamptonshire.

A memorial for visitors is available for those wishing to pay their respects to the beloved princess. 

The home recently became available to rent, however, it does come at a hefty price – just one night's stay will set you back a staggering NZD$46,000.