Charles Spencer has broken his silence after he missed his daughter Lady Amelia’s wedding in South Africa yesterday.
Princess Diana’s niece, 30, and her fiancé Greg Mallett, 30, tied-the-knot at exclusive venue La Cotte Farm, which offers a ‘unique winelands experience’ this week.
However there was one notable absentee – Amelia’s father, Charles, who did not appear to attend the nuptials.
In his first post since it was announced his daughter had tied-the-knot, Charles tweeted a photograph of Althorp this morning, writing: ‘Early morning March light, at Althorp’s Round Oval lake.’
Princess Diana’s younger brother did not attend his eldest daughter Lady Kitty’s wedding to retail millionaire Michael Lewis in July 2021 – prompting rumours all was not well between the father-of-seven and his daughters from his first marriage.
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Charles Spencer has broken his silence after missing his daughter Lady Amelia’s wedding in South Africa yesterday
In his first post since it was announced his daughter had tied-the-knot, Charles tweeted a photograph of Althorp this morning
He shared the Tweet earlier this morning, writing it was ‘early morning March light’ at the lake on the estate
He went on to share another video moments later showing some of the animals on the lake’s surface.
He wrote: ‘ Duck, geese, swans – and, in the distance, coots and moorhens. Early morning life on the lake, at @AlthorpHouse.’
Over the weekend, Lady Amelia and her sister Lady Eliza shared a number of snaps as they kicked off wedding celebrations in Cape Town.
The bride-to-be looked suitably stylish in a silk halterneck white gown while her partner of 11 years was smart in a white shirt and blue suit trousers.
The happy couple posed for photos next to the pool and shared images of them exchanging kisses and loving looks on their Instagram Stories.
Posting a photo of his future wife with her arms wrapped around him, Greg gushed to his 8,400 followers: ‘You’ll never not make me laugh. And I will never stop looking at you in awe.’
The groom then finished off his loving post with a single red love heart emoji and tagged Amelia – who then re-shared it with her 48,400 followers.
Wedding guest Jacinta Spencer – who is a makeup artist friend and not a direct relation – also posted a photo of Lady Amelia posing on the terrace as the sun set behind her.
She wrote: ‘The most beautiful pre-wedding reception for you. I love you with all my heart.’
But while Amelia’s twin sister Eliza featured in pictures on social media, their father Earl Spencer, 58, did not appear in any of the shots.
Yesterday, the couple tied-the-knot in spectacular fashion at the Cape Town venue.
While there are no prices available online for hiring out the venue, prices to stay in the main villa on the farm cost from £950 per night in the low season.
The farm, which is a stones throw from Franschhoek, dates back to 1698.
Princess Diana’s younger brother did not attend his eldest daughter Lady Kitty’s wedding to retail millionaire Michael Lewis in July 2021 – prompting rumours all was not well between the father-of-seven and his daughters from his first marriage (pictured, with Eliza, Amelia and Louis)
It was among the first of the eleven Huguenot Farms was granted to the French immigrants who fled their native country during the 17th century.
The on-site accommodation can house 102 guests, in-house catering, bar facilities, a hands-on venue manager who promises couples to oversee the running of the events.
Meanwhile there are also staff who will assist with setup and direct contact with trusted décor suppliers and other vendors.
Lady Amelia and Greg have previously attended a number of weddings at the venue for other friends and loved-ones.
It’s not the first wedding of a child that Earl Spencer has missed.
Lady Kitty – who is 32 years younger than her husband – was walked down the aisle by her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 29, and half brother Samuel Aitken, whose father is businessman Jonathan Aitken.
Yesterday, the couple are believed to have tied-the-knot at exclusive venue La Cotte Farm, which offers a ‘unique winelands experience’
While there are no prices available online, the couple have previously attended a number of weddings at the venue for other friends and loved-ones (pictured, a party at the venue)
A number of guests, including Jacinta Spencer – who is a makeup artist friend and not a direct relation, shared snaps online as she prepared for the wedding
Meanwhile another guest, Hannah Hartland, tagged the venue in a group shot on Instagram as her friends sipped on drinks ahead of the big event
While it is not known how much the venue costs to hire, the interiors are decorated in a stylish white colour scheme
The venue, which has space for over 100 guests to stay on site, has stunning modern decor throughout
A source told MailOnline at the time: ‘Kitty and Charles were very close when she was growing up, but their relationship has cooled and been more distant since his marriage to his third wife Karen in 2011.
‘Charles recently suffered an injury and perhaps that will be the reason for him not travelling, but it is just easier for everyone that he is not there.
‘The four children are all close to their mother Victoria and get on well with their step siblings, and their Spencer aunts and have forged their own relationships with one another without needing Charles to bind them together.’
Although Lady Amelia’s mother Victoria Aitken did not feature in photos from the welcome party, she was included on the guest list for Lady Kitty’s wedding in 2021 and is expected to attend her second daughter’s nuptials later this month.
Charles was married to Victoria from 1989 until 1997. The couple moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where Kitty and her siblings Lady Eliza, Lady Amelia and Louis were brought up away from the glare of public attention.
Princess Diana’s death occurred while their divorce case was in progress; shortly after their split was finalised, Earl Spencer moved back to the UK.
Earl Spencer (pictured in December 2015) was noticeably absent from Lady Amelia’s wedding welcome party over the weekend. It comes after he missed his eldest daughter Lady Kitty’s wedding in 2021
Following their separation, Earl Spencer went on to marry Caroline Freud in 2001 before then tying the knot with entrepreneur Karen Spencer in 2011.
In July 2020, Lady Amelia Spencer got engaged to long-term boyfriend Greg Mallett following a romantic proposal in South Africa.
The society beauty, who is the Princes William and Harry, met her real estate beau while they were both studying at the University of Cape Town.
The couple were together for 11 years before Greg, 32, popped the question at the exclusive Clouds Wine & Guest Estate in Stellenbosch.
In 2021, the couple relocated from South Africa to London shortly after Amelia’s big sister Kitty’s lavish wedding in Rome – with celebrations being spread over four days
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