Princess Diana's niece Lady Amelia kicks off her wedding celebrations

Princess Diana’s niece Lady Amelia kicks off her South Africa wedding celebrations with a glamorous pool party – but will her father Earl Spencer attend after missing her sister Kitty’s wedding?

  • Lady Amelia Spencer, 30, is marrying long-term boyfriend Greg Mallett 
  • The couple hosted a welcome party for guests in Cape Town over the weekend 
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Lady Amelia Spencer kicked off her wedding celebrations with a glamorous pool party in Cape Town over the weekend.

Princess Diana’s niece, 30, and her fiancé Greg Mallett, 30, hosted a welcome party for their guests at a luxury villa overlooking the ocean.

The bride-to-be looked suitably stylish in a silk halterneck white gown while her partner of 11 years was smart in a white shirt and blue suit trousers. 

The happy couple posed for photos next to the pool and shared images of them exchanging kisses and loving looks on their Instagram Stories. 

Posting a photo of his future wife with her arms wrapped around him, Greg gushed to his 8,400 followers: ‘You’ll never not make me laugh. And I will never stop looking at you in awe.’

Princess Diana’s niece Lady Amelia Spencer pictured with her arms around her fiance Greg Mallett at their wedding welcome party in Cape Town over the weekend

The groom then finished off his loving post with a single red love heart emoji and tagged Amelia – who then re-shared it with her 48,400 followers.

Wedding guest Jacinta Spencer – who is a makeup artist friend and not a direct relation – also posted a photo of Lady Amelia posing on the terrace as the sun set behind her.

She wrote: ‘The most beautiful pre-wedding reception for you. I love you with all my heart.’ 

But while Amelia’s twin sister Eliza featured in pictures on social media, their father Earl Spencer, 58, did not appear in any of the shots.

Princess Diana’s younger brother did not attend his eldest daughter Lady Kitty’s wedding to retail millionaire Michael Lewis in July 2021 – prompting rumours of a rift between the father-of-seven and his daughters from his first marriage.

Instead, Lady Kitty – who is 32 years younger than her husband – was walked down the aisle by her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 29, and half brother Samuel Aitken, whose father is businessman Jonathan Aitken. 

A source told MailOnline at the time: ‘Kitty and Charles were very close when she was growing up, but their relationship has cooled and been more distant since his marriage to his third wife Karen in 2011.

‘Charles recently suffered an injury and perhaps that will be the reason for him not travelling, but it is just easier for everyone that he is not there.

Jacinta Spencer – who is not a relation of the family – shared a photo of the bride and gushed: ‘I love you with all my heart’

Earl Spencer (pictured in December 2015) was noticeably absent from Lady Amelia’s wedding welcome party over the weekend. It comes after he missed his eldest daughter Lady Kitty’s wedding in 2021

‘The four children are all close to their mother Victoria and get on well with their step siblings, and their Spencer aunts and have forged their own relationships with one another without needing Charles to bind them together.’ 

Although Lady Amelia’s mother Victoria Aitken did not feature in photos from the welcome party, she was included on the guest list for Lady Kitty’s wedding in 2021 and is expected to attend her second daughter’s nuptials later this month.

Charles was married to Victoria from 1989 until 1997. The couple moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where Kitty and her siblings Lady Eliza, Lady Amelia and Louis were brought up away from the glare of public attention.

Princess Diana’s death occurred while their divorce case was in progress; shortly after their split was finalised, Earl Spencer moved back to the UK.

Following their separation, Earl Spencer went on to marry Caroline Freud in 2001 before then tying the knot with entrepreneur Karen Spencer in 2011. 

Bride-to-be Amelia Spencer shared glimpses of her wedding welcome party with her 48,000 Instagram followers. Pictured with guests and her twin sister Eliza (centre right)

 Guest Alessandro Maria Ferreri gushed about Lady Amelia and her twin sister Lady Eliza were ‘stunning by the seaside’

Lady Amelia Spencer pictured with her mother Victoria Aitken and her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp in June 2017

Earl Spencer and his third wife Karen Spencer pictured arriving at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Windsor wedding in May 2018

In July 2020, Lady Amelia Spencer got engaged to long-term boyfriend Greg Mallett following a romantic proposal in South Africa.

The society beauty, who is the Princes William and Harry, met her real estate beau while they were both studying at the University of Cape Town.

The couple were together for 11 years before Greg, 32, popped the question at the exclusive Clouds Wine & Guest Estate in Stellenbosch.

In 2021, the couple relocated from South Africa to London shortly after Amelia’s big sister Kitty’s lavish wedding in Rome – with celebrations being spread over four days.

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