Princess Diana's niece says it's 'correct' for younger brother to inherit family estate

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Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, has opened up about her family life and explained why she believes it is "correct" for her younger brother Louis to inherit the Spencer estate. Kitty said that she'd like to see Althorp House – the Grade 1 listed property in Northamptonshire – remain in her family's name.

"In general, I'm totally pro gender equality," Kitty, 24, told Tatler. "But I'm quite happy that that's [going to be] my brother's responsibility. I just think it's the correct way.

"I like that the house stays within the same family with the same surname. I wouldn't want it any other way for the Spencers. And I just know my brother is going to do an impeccable job."

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"I like that the house stays within the same family with the same surname," said Lady Kitty Spencer

Althorp House has belonged to the Spencer family for more than 500 years; it was Princess Diana's home where she lived before her marriage to Prince Charles.

Charles Spencer, Lady Kitty's father, acquired the stately home in 1992. Tradition dictates that the first-born male child will inherit the 90-room property, in this case Kitty's younger brother – Louis Frederick John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, who is 21.

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Althorp House has belonged to the Spencer family for more than 500 years

Kitty, who is Charles' first daughter with former fashion model Victoria Aitken, also revealed that she is currently single. She has had "a couple" of real boyfriends in the past, both of whom are her best friends.

"I'm very sentimental", she said. "I think good people are hard to find and opening up to someone completely is a hard thing to do, so even if things don't work romantically, you should still see the benefit of having a good soul in your life who knows you."

Kitty, who was six at the time of Princess Diana's death, added: "Sadly, I have very few memories of my aunt. I was so young when she died."

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"Sadly, I have very few memories of my aunt," said Kitty, who was six when Princess Diana died

Kitty's remarks on primogeniture seem to echo what her father said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday in May.

While admitting that he was "totally relaxed" about the idea of Kitty inheriting, Charles said: "If I chose Kitty it would be against all the tradition that goes with Althorp. It's just the way it is. I get the problems with it as a concept. I also get the strengths of it having worked to date."

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