Princess Diana’s Rare Childhood Photo Shows Her Uncanny Resemblance to Granddaughter Princess Charlotte

Charles Earl Spencer recently unveiled a throwback photo that strikingly showcased the uncanny resemblance between Princess Diana as a child and her granddaughter, Princess Charlotte. Besides her looks, Charlotte has also carried her late grandmother’s legacy since birth.

Charles Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, recently took to Instagram to share a captivating throwback photo from 1967, stirring hearts and evoking nostalgia.

The image, a snapshot of simpler times, featured a young Earl on the left, a radiant Diana on the right, and their mother, lovingly watching over them from behind, all basking in the joy of an outdoor playground.

Earl reminisced, “My mother, Diana, and I, in c. 1967. I would have been 3, and Diana 5 or 6. I love how happy each of us looks. At this stage of my life, my mother nicknamed me ‘Buzz’ – because she saw me as having the endless energy of a rather happy – and busy – bee.”

The resemblance between Diana in her childhood and her granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, has not gone unnoticed. Earl’s post sent Instagram into a flurry of comments, with many pointing out the striking similarity between the two.

Princess Charlotte pictured at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, 2018, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte pictured at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, 2018, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte is the spitting image of Lady Diana. The memory of your wonderful sister lives on,” one user commented, while others echoed, “You can really see Princess Charlotte in Diana in this photo!!” “Wow i see princess Charlotte in her grandmother here [sic],” and “Diana looks just like Charlotte. Great memory!”

Charles Spencer and Princess Diana posing for a picture in 1968. | Source: Getty Images

Charles Spencer and Princess Diana posing for a picture in 1968. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte is seen during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte is seen during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Interestingly, one commenter drew parallels not just between Diana and Charlotte, but also between Prince George and Earl himself, noting, “For me, Prince George looks like Earl Spencer !!!!!” This observation underscores the fascinating ways in which genetic resemblances thread through generations, weaving a tapestry of familial legacy.

A young Lady Diana Spencer, circa 1965 | Source: Getty Images

A young Lady Diana Spencer, circa 1965 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Charlotte’s name itself is a tribute to her grandmother, having been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in 2015. The choice to include Diana in her name was warmly received by Earl, who shared on Twitter, “Perfect names. My 2-year-old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing. Is at an age where thinks world revolves around her!”

Helen Haslem greeting Princess Charlotte as she arrives for her first day of school, and her parents Kate Middleton and Prince William, at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Helen Haslem greeting Princess Charlotte as she arrives for her first day of school, and her parents Kate Middleton and Prince William, at Thomas’s Battersea in London on September 5, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte arriving for her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte arriving for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London on September 5, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Despite her absence, Prince William is determined to keep “Granny Diana’s” memory alive for his children. Through stories and photographs in their home, William ensures that Charlotte and her siblings feel connected to the grandmother they never had the chance to meet.