Charles Spencer Honors Late Mother on IG—& She Looks So Much Like Her Daughter Princess Diana

Strong genes run in the Spencer Family

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I'm always fascinated by Charles Spencer's historical throwbacks on Instagram, whether it's a vintage snap of his grandfather or childhood photos with his siblings. And now, once again, the 9th Earl Spencer has grabbed my attention with his latest addition: a glamorous pic of his mother, Frances Shand Kydd.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Kydd's death, the 60-year-old historian and podcaster shared a rare black-and-white throwback of his late mother during the '60s, and I couldn't help but notice her striking resemblance to Spencer's sister, Princess Diana.

Spencer captioned the post, "Remembering my mother, who died 20 years ago today, aged 68. She had a wretched final few years, health-wise, and I prefer to think of her in happier times; here, looking rather glam, in the '60s."

In the pic, Kydd is donning a headscarf and wearing what appears to be a striped dress. But her features—particularly her eyes—are so similar to Diana's that, had she been sporting the late princess's signature short hairstyle, she could pass for her doppelgänger.

In case you need more proof, here's another rare throwback of Charles and Diana's mom, which the historian discovered in 2023.

On Instagram, he wrote, "We’ve just found this lovely portrait of my mother, under boxes in the @althorphouse attics. It dates from the mid-1950s, when my mother was around 20 years old. I’d never seen it before, and didn’t know it existed. Amazing what we keep finding up there."

The detailed sketch shows Kydd wearing a flattering dress with a pleated bodice and a gorgeous necklace. Also, her short curls are reminiscent of Princess Diana's signature 'do.

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One fan commented, “I see so much of your sister in her, what a treasure to find this!” Another added, “I can see your sister in her eyes. Beautiful.”

Clearly, strong genes run in the Spencer family.

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