Who is Lady Kitty Spencer’s new husband Michael Lewis? The opulence of their Italian wedding may have nearly been visible from space but after it, the niece of Princess Diana is moving from royal circles to the type of money that can launch such grand ventures.
As the model and socialite, 30, walked down the aisle at Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati — wearing Dolce & Gabbana, for whom she is a spokesmodel — many were left wanting to know more about her 62-year-old husband.
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The South African fashion tycoon is chairman of Foschini Group, which owns British high street chains Whistles and Phase Eight, along with a range of stores such as Jet in South Africa and the Retail Apparel Group in Australia. The group was originally bought by his father, Stanley Lewis, who made the family’s fortune by founding Lewis furniture stores in the Thirties. He is also on the board of a number of fund management firms. In 2011, Lewis donated £3 million to the University of Oxford for the appointment of a first professor of Israel studies.
He is now reported to be worth £80 million, with a £19 million property in central London and another home in South Africa’s capital. The pair may have bonded over their years in South Africa: Lady Kitty’s parents Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer and Victoria Aitken, moved their family to Cape Town in 1995, where Lady Kitty grew up and went to school (at the elite Reddam House). She moved to London in 2016 for her modelling work.
After meeting through mutual friends in 2018, the couple have been fairly covert bar a couple of sightings on holiday in New York. News of their engagement emerged in December 2019 with Lewis reportedly popping the question with a rose-cut diamond ring estimated to be worth £300,000 over Christmas in Cape Town.
At the wedding last Saturday they were surrounded by their family and friends including Pixie Lott and boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, Elon Musk’s model mother Maye, Idris Elba’s wife Sabrina and Viscountess Weymouth. Also present were the groom’s three grown-up children from his marriage to his first wife Leola. Lewis is five years older than Kitty’s father Earl Spencer, who was notably absent from the wedding, leaving her to be walked down the aisle by her two brothers.
So, will Lady Kitty be making Michael a father again? Last year she said, “I can see myself having children at some point… But I’m only in my 20s...everyone should do things in their own time.”
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