Lady Kitty Spencer, 29, is engaged to a 61-year-old millionaire

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party 2019 held at Kensington Gardens

When I saw this story about Lady Kitty Spencer yesterday afternoon, I was like “ooh, this will be a good juicy story for a sleepy week in January.” LOL. Some days, I am so simple. Still, it’s worth discussing because it IS legitimately an interesting story. We’ve discussed Lady Kitty Spencer before – she’s the eldest child of the Charles, the Earl Spencer, who was Princess Diana’s brother. That would make Lady Kitty the niece of Diana and the daughter of one of the older aristocratic houses in England. From Kitty’s own words, she came to modeling later than most: she was 25 before she really started working as a model, and that was mostly through her “sudden fame” from being photographed at her cousins’ weddings. The British tabloids and magazines have been trying to make her into a thing for a while, and she probably carved out a nice revenue stream of modeling and “appearances” and low-key endorsements. But why work when you could marry some rich old dude?

Princess Diana’s 29-year-old niece is to wed a fashion tycoon five years older than her father, it has been revealed. South Africa-born multi-millionaire, Michael Lewis, who turns 61 this month, is 32 years older than the society model, who has now agreed to become his second wife. Mr Lewis is also five years older than Lady Kitty’s father, Earl Spencer.

‘Michael proposed to Kitty before Christmas,’ one of her friends told the Mail. ‘She’s been in Cape Town for the holidays and told her mother and the rest of the family. Michael is loved by all of them. Despite his wealth, he’s very humble and low key.’

Mr Lewis has three adult children and was previously married to a woman named Leola in 1985. It’s not yet known whether Lady Kitty will convert to Judaism, Mr Lewis’ faith, before the big day. In August last year, Lady Kitty was seen kissing Lewis after leaving Club 55 in St Tropez.

Lewis’ previous wife, Leola, signed a prenuptial agreement but it’s not yet known whether Lady Kitty will do the same. Lady Kitty’s last boyfriend was Italian property magnate Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro, who was also significantly older than the socialite.

[From The Daily Mail]

I mean… a 29-year-old “model/socialite” marrying a rich, twice-divorced 61-year-old? It’s been done before and well… it is what it is: transactional. I looked at photos of this guy too, and he looks 61 years old, so she’ll basically be his caretaker if they stay married. Harsh, I know, but true and it should be factored into the equation. I wonder what his adult children think about this? It sounds like the Earl Spencer is all for it. Gross.

Lady Kitty Spencer at The Summer Party 2019 Serpentine Galleries

Lady Kitty Spencer seen leaving Alberta Ferretti during MFW SS 2020

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  1. jules says:

    I’m sure it was love at first sight for her…(of his bank account that is).

  2. Carobell says:

    She really is beautiful, to me this says daddy issues more than a need for money. She could have gone the Pippa route and married someone wealthy and age appropriate, but to pick someone older than her father?

    • Momzilla says:

      Daddy issues indeed

      • A says:

        If this is the case of daddy issues then she has my sympathy. I think she was also trying to be a model. What happened to that?

    • Eliza_ says:

      Her father is pretty awful. So daddy issues. Also she won’t inherit much as it goes to first boy. Money.

    • Nikki* says:

      I agree with you : it’s Daddy issues, not money. He’ll have her sign an airtight prenup, and his kids will inherit the bulk of everything. She could have done a lot better for herself if she just wanted more money.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      From what the gossip is Daddy was never around much esp after her parents divorced.

      Also, isn’t the Earls current partner quite young?

  3. Who ARE These People says:

    Seems once not twice divorced per the article

  4. Chaine says:

    The beauty of it is that she won’t be his caretaker though, he’s a millionaire, so they’ll be able to hire other people to be his caretakers while she continues to enjoy being a millionaire’s wife.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yup, and I think that’s the idea. Like Kaiser said, its transactional. He gets a gorgeous woman on his arm with connections to one of the most famous women of the 20th century, and she gets lots of money.

      • xo says:

        I suppose. . . but doesn’t it eliminate the clout somewhat when everyone privately thinks it’s gross. . .

    • Trashaddict says:

      OK I get the hesitancy about older husbands but sheesh, caretaker? I hope you were projecting into the future. Not all of lurkers on this site are youngish. 60 ain’t exactly feeble, as I hope you will discover in the future. Genes play a big role too, some 60 year olds look 80 and vice versa. Still, not a trade I’d make.

  5. Miumiiiu says:

    I don’t get it. Money is nice but it’s nice to wake up next to an attractive man of your same generation. Well, I guess to each their own. She’s quite pretty. It’s nice she often dresses modestly, will make them look less abrasive as a couple. IE not like Hugh Hefner looked with any of his wives/gf.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Who says she has to wake up next to him?

      • oui oKi says:

        idk how it works but I doubt shes spending much time with any cute men her age.
        more I think about it, maybe shes in love. it happens regardless of age. hes old but hes not hideous and he might be charming

  6. L says:

    Get it girl!

    • Chelle says:

      I don’t know if I have the nerves or the stomach for that type of age discrepancy but I guess when you are on the market you’re on the market. Which brings me to this: when I first started dating, my great-grandmother, who had married a much older man, told me “it’s better to be an old man’s darling than a young man’s fool.” I get it and I got it then but . . . .

  7. line says:

    Logically in the nobility the male primogeniture indicates that only the male elder can inherit the lands of his ancestors. Consequently her eldest brother will inherit all of the Spencers’ family wealth as well as all the land and she and her other sisters and brothers will have to share the rest. And she can not be a model all her life, So she had two choice , work or marrying a millionaire. Marrying a millionaire was the best plan for the future for her.

  8. Ashley G says:

    She’s pretty, she’s a Spencer, why? Just why? Were there no rich men her age? I don’t get it. Ok money but sex must not be important, being his nurse must not be important, are they going to have kids? I just don’t get it. She’s not from poverty. It just doesn’t make sense.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Keeping up a large estate like Althorp is not cheap. It makes sense for the daughters to marry well so that money is potentially available to keep up the family home in the future.

      • Bananas says:

        Co sign. I’m getting all kinds of Downton Abbey vibes. Above all else, the estate first.

      • Mo says:

        Not potentially, iron-clad, legally. This is why England is the only country with Dukes and Earls and such living in fabulous houses on country estates. There is a ruthless system of primogeniture which leaves everything to the eldest son and often nothing for the younger siblings, except what their brother is willing to spare. It’s why even fabulously wealthy aristocrats married heiresses, yes, to keep the estate going, but also because money brought into the marriage by a wife could be left to her younger children.

        Read or watch some Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility are both about families with only daughters who will be left with nothing when their father dies.

      • Joanna says:

        @mo, what? Idk that!

    • Bananas says:

      Because by the time he’s gone, she’ll still be young enough to marry again, the second time for love or lust.

      • SK2 says:

        Seems unwise to have children with such an old guy… yet she’ll miss that option if she waits for potential second husband. I pity her

  9. noway says:

    This just doesn’t seem like it will end well.

  10. S808 says:

    lmaooo if he’s dumb enough to marry her then congrats on the bag sis!

  11. Ali says:

    5 years older than her dad

  12. Jilly says:

    I’m almost 29 and there’s no way.

    I do like her white dress

  13. jensays says:

    Is it just me or is she giving off blond angelina jolie vibes in some of these pictures?

    • Ana says:

      I came to say the same!! She’s giving me LaJolie vibes in that picture with the white dress…weird angle I guess.

  14. Mumbles says:

    I remember seeing her and her sisters at William’s wedding and bring gobsmacked at how beautiful they were.

    IIRC her father hasn’t had the healthiest of relationships with the women in his life and his father and mother had a bad marriage as well. So yeah, maybe she sees this guy and says, he seems into me, I’m his trophy, he will treat me well, sign me up.

  15. Miss Melissa says:

    Earl Spencer’s first name is Charles. Diana married a man with the same name as her brother.

    Edward was Diana’s father.

  16. Orianna says:

    Older men are great – but when you go too old, it takes away the glamor of it. This is too old.
    It makes her look like it’s all she could get, she loses credibility and points off her looks. Probably nice to be comfortable though, who am I to judge!

  17. lucy2 says:

    Is she the one who looked so beautiful at Harry’s wedding?
    61 is SOOO much older. Wow.

  18. Andrea says:

    This is like David Foster and his wife. It clearly is all about what he can buy her. Doesn’t she have money of her own??

    • sa says:

      It reminded me of Katherine McPhee also, but more because it seems like they both like older men. McPhee’s ex-husband was also significantly older and this post says that Kitty Spencer’s last ex was also older.

      Everyone has a type, hers seems to be older men.

      (I’m not saying the money irrelevant, but I’m sure she could have found a rich younger man if that was what she was interested in, but she chose a rich older man).

  19. Wilma says:

    This is what childhood trauma looks like. It’s not something we should shame her for.

  20. Shee says:

    She is Smart

  21. Maria says:

    32-year age gap! I mean, what do they have in common?

  22. vertes says:

    Michael Lewis has aged much better than Daddy Spencer.

  23. Annie says:

    I know it’s transactional and everything. It’s their choice and their life, but I often wonder if they don’t ever find it demeaning. Like, you have to sleep with this man and put up with so much crap for his fortune. A twice divorced man is clearly not a good husband. And as a man you know you’re paying to sleep with a hot, young woman who wouldn’t look at you twice if you were a poor, old man. She doesn’t actually love you, you know this. How do they reconcile with those hard truths. I find it so depressing. I know what it’s like to be broke and young, and for the life of me, I could never take that route. It’s so… meaningless and empty. Waste of a life. Call me stupid but I want a love that is real and disinterested.

    • Joanna says:

      Agree! I was so broke when I was young. A gf talked me into going out with an older guy, but I just couldn’t do it for very long. I just didn’t feel it and I felt bad that I didn’t.

    • Trashaddict says:

      I find that amusing. IMHO older rich men certainly have no qualms about paying to sleep with a younger woman. They just think of it as the perks. But it is really awful.

  24. Paula says:

    Did anyone else see the childhood pictures of her where she looks nearly identical to Charlotte?!

  25. perplexed says:

    He kind of looks like the guy that’s with one of the Olsen Twins.

    He’s not as terrible looking as I was expecting. Age gap is big, but he’s not ugly for his age.

  26. Charfromdarock says:

    Yes, I’m judging. This is gross. It is gross to marry someone half your age or someone older than your father.

    She’s a beautiful rich aristocrat with all sorts of connections, surely she can bag a younger millionaire.

  27. Naddie says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out that she’s actually in love with him, he’s poorer than her and it’s just about money from his part.

  28. TG says:

    I’m not triggered by this. I think it’s a bit mean spirited to automatically pour scorn on EVERY relationship that has an age gap.

  29. Egla says:

    Well I am 39 and 61 is to much even for me. I mean she is young, beautiful, well connected. Why go so old? Dating for a while maybe ok but getting married and stuff??? I don’t get it. Sorry

  30. Penguin says:

    Daddy issues definitely. Plus Charles Spencer has lots of kids- eldest son will inherit the estate- not much to share after that.
    I’d never realised how much she looks like her mother facially. Fortunately she doesn’t look like her father

  31. A says:

    Of course Earl Spencer is all for it. He wishes he could do something similar himself, but I guess he can’t find any well-bred, aristocratic 29 year olds who’ll take him up on the offer. So he’s settled.

    This whole gatdanged family is a f-cking mess and filled with some bad marriages lmao. Her grandmother, her own parents, her aunt. I’d imagine she’d choose better for herself, but I suppose that’s expecting way too much from the messed up aristocratic crowd, lmao. Money and titles and not a lick of sense to be found anywhere.

  32. Leah says:

    He’s a boomer and she’s a millennial, so it’s interesting that they would have anything in common. So there are no women closer to his age? Okay.

    Well at least she’ll have hired help when the time comes for him to be in adult diapers.

  33. Karen says:

    She must have nothing but cotton fluff between her ears. She’s worse than Camila Morrone lol!