Lady Kitty Spencer didn’t choose to be famous but she had no choice in the matter because of the worldwide interest in her late aunt, Princess Diana. But Spencer, who is the eldest daughter of Charles Spencer, brother to the late Princess of Wales, is interesting in her own right.

Her parents ensured she had a sheltered childhood away from media attention, but now she’s embracing that attention and using it as a powerful tool to create change. She’s also broken free from the shadows of her family ties and become known for things completely unrelated to her royal relatives. Here is everything you need to know about Princess Diana’s stunning niece.

She had an amazing childhood in South Africa

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I don’t know what your average British childhood is like, but I do know that Spencer’s childhood was anything but average. Her parents made the decision to relocate their family from England to South Africa, and Spencer feels this was a great decision. She toldĀ Vanity Fair it was “an amazing place to grow up and have a childhood.”

She has since moved back to her hometown, a decision that was based partly on her desire to return to “a big city.” She added, “Obviously, I’ve always felt tied to London and I’ve always felt British and a lot of my family’s here, too, so it was a logical step, one I knew I was always going to take.”

She loves school and “tried to prolong that for as long as possible”

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Spencer is so much more than just a pretty face. She’s also passionate about education and told The West, “I like being a student so I tried to prolong that for as long as possible.”

She’s not exaggerating about this either because according to the publication she first studied politics, literature, and psychology at university in South Africa, then she packed her bags and went to Italy to study Italian and art history, and finally finished this up with a master’s degree in luxury brand management in England.

No word yet on whether she intends to return to university at a later stage, but she’s definitely well-educated.