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Princess Diana's niece Kitty Spencer: I envy homeless people, they know exactly what they want to do

'I don’t want to look back and see where I could have done more for people'

Published 04/11/2016

Kitty Spencer volunteers as an ambassador at London-based homeless charity. Image: Instagram
Kitty Spencer volunteers as an ambassador at London-based homeless charity. Image: Instagram

Princess Diana’s niece Kitty Spencer says she envies young homeless people because they “know exactly what they want to do” and “what their talents are”.

The eldest child of Charles, 9th Earl of Spencer, volunteers as an ambassador at London-based homeless charity Centrepoint.

Speaking to The Times, the 25-year-old said she struggles to find a purpose in life and admits she could live off her Instagram posts.

More than 120,000 children will be homeless this Christmas, according to homeless charity Shelter.

“The young people that have come out of Centrepoint are so focused on one thing,” said Miss Spencer, whose chores include making the teas.

“They know exactly what they want to do and what their talents are.

“So for that I envy them. I do battle with what it is that I really want to set my mind to.”

Ms Spencer, the cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry, grew up in South Africa with mother and former model Victoria Lockwood.

She is dating Italian property tycoon Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro, who is 20 years her senior and a divorced father of three children.

Her elder brother Louis is in line to inherit the 13,000-acre Northamptonshire Althorp estate, which has been in the family for more than half a millennium.

Ms Spencer’s main job, she says, is four days a week at the charity Give Us Time, founded by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, to help military families stay together.

“I am putting a lot of pressure on myself to figure out what exactly to do next,” said the University of Cape Town politics and psychology graduate.

“I don’t want to look back and see where I could have done more for people.

“I could be what my Instagram says and nothing more.”

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