Earl Spencer's daughters Amelia and Eliza, 29, say they 'grew up surrounded by poverty' in Cape Town - despite living with their mother Victoria in a wealthy suburb
Princess Diana's nieces Lady Amelia and Eliza Spencer have spoken about 'growing up surrounded by poverty' in Cape Town in a new interview.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the duo discussed their childhood in the wealthy suburb of Constantia, admitting they don't use their titles outside of the UK and had a 'normal, happy childhood.'
Meanwhile they also described volunteering at a local crèche for orphans, ‘just giving them love’, and remembered walking the streets selling artwork to raise money for food for stray cats and dogs.
When asked about what they like to do with their father Charles, the twins referred to childhood memories.
They explained: 'Football, competitive croquet, hide-and-seek. Growing up, the house would always be busy, full of extended family and friends.’
Explaining their recent move to London, Amelia added: 'Cape Town was all about the sea, hiking, horse riding, tennis, netball... After high school and university we were so happy that we didn’t feel the need to move, but the last few years we found our confidence.
'In London everyone seems so driven; it makes you want to reach your full potential.’
Meanwhile Amelia, who is engaged to long-term boyfriend Greg Mallett, confessed she plans to have a 'smaller' wedding than sibling Kitty.
She explained: 'We’ve got different tastes.'
Meanwhile Amelia and Eliza, who are both signed to Storm Model Management, are looking forward to fulfilling long-held ambitions now they're both living 20 minutes apart in London.
Amelia hopes to become a wedding planner and Eliza dreams of being an interior designer.
They grew up with their father and mother Victoria Aitken in Constantia but spent significant time in the UK after their parents split and Charles moved back to the family's seat, Althorp.
They have two half-sisters and half-brother from their father's second and third marriages, and half-brother from their mother's second marriage.
Earlier this year, the pair were hailed by society bible Tatler as among the hottest and most elegant socialite siblings from across the world who are used to moving in the same circles as supermodels, aristocrats and royals.
They were ranked among others as one of the most glamorous sets of twins on the elite social scene.
The sisters have an unbreakable bond as twins, with Lady Amelia telling Tatler she and Lady Eliza have always been close and are 'very similar'.
'We love doing the same things and share the same friends,' she said. 'You're guaranteed to have a best friend there always – you can't really compare it to anything else.'
She added that they are a 'very open family' and value the importance of talking about mental health.
'It was never something that we felt afraid to talk about when we had our own struggles,' Lady Eliza said.
The society beauties also told Tatler they have very fond memories of Althorp, the Spencer family seat, where they'd stay with their father during the school holidays.
'It is a truly special and beautiful place. Having spent the first three years of our lives at Althorp, exploring and discovering it as children, and being part of a long heritage of Spencers that have lived there, it has always felt like another home,' Lady Eliza said.
'And of course it conjures up memories of family Christmases as children, with our extended family all together.'
Speaking to Hello magazine, Eliza and Amelia revealed they have 'precious memories' of their late aunt Diana who was close to their hearts.
It is not known when Greg and Amelia will marry, or if they will choose to wed in England or South Africa. Lady Amelia hasn't ruled out holding the wedding at Althorp, after her father suggested their family seat as a venue.
Meanwhile Eliza and Channing often share romantic snaps together on Instagram of their date-nights and lavish holidays abroad.
Marketing executive Channing, who attended the same school as Eliza's brother, Viscount Althorp, has a son from a previous relationship, and his girlfriend appears to dote on the boy.