Carole Radziwill remembers late mother-in-law Lee Radziwill

Carole Radziwill paid tribute to late mother-in-law Lee Radziwill with a loving Instagram post on Sunday, February 17, two days after Lee’s death at age 85.

“She was loved,” the 55-year-old wrote, captioning a photo of the style icon and younger sister of late former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. “Rest in Peace, Lee.”

To her followers, the former Real Housewives of New York City star wrote, “Thank you for the kind words & comments.”

Carole was married to Anthony Radziwill, Lee’s first child, who died of cancer in 1999. “I don’t consider myself part of the Kennedy family,” the reality TV alum told The Daily Beast in 2012. “It’s almost like a little point of honor.”

“I’m a DiFalco at the end of the day,” Carole added, citing her maiden name. “An Italian-American from upstate New York. I never call myself a Kennedy cousin. In fact, when I signed my contract with Bravo, I made it very clear that they were not allowed in promos to refer to me as a Kennedy cousin. I’m not that person. I don’t feel it.”

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Portrait of American Princess Lee Radziwill, sister of Jaqueline Kennedy, sitting on a couch, 1960s (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images).
Our 1941 file picture shows: Mrs. Lee Bouvier, center, and two daughters, Lee, left, and Jacqueline, right, walking down East Hampton and One Gracie Square, N.Y.C. (AP-Photo)
Sen. John Kennedy, D-Mass., and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, watch as her sister, Mrs. Lee Bouvier Canfield, holds their 15-day-old daughter during her christening in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Dec. 13, 1957. At left is the senator's brother, Robert Kennedy, acting as godfather. Third from left is Stephen Smith, the senator's brother-in-law. Boston's archbishop Richard Cushing christened the baby, named Caroline.. (AP Photo)
Actor Farley Granger and actress Lee Bouvier, better known as Princess Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy’s sister, are pictured in a scene from the new David Susskin television production Laura, being filmed in London, on Oct 26, 1967. The production also stars Robert Stack and George Sanders, goes out on American television in December. (AP Photo)
Young Jacqueline Bouvier Standing by Caroline Lee Bouvier in Baby Carriage
Mrs. John F. Kennedy and her sister Mrs. Michael T. Canfield, formerly Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, seated in chairs that are back to back. Jacqueline Kennedy wears a striped sweater set and Lee Canfield (later, Radziwill) wears a white sweater set. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images)
The Bouvier sisters, Mrs. John F. Kennedy (nee Jacqueline Bouvier) and Mrs. Michael Canfield (nee Caroline Lee Bouvier), at the Franco-American Ball, the Waldorf Astoria, New York City. (Photo by Nick De Morgoli/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier (later Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), seated, with her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier, standing behind her, wearing ball gowns. (Photo by Cecil Beaton/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 01: Jacqueline Bouvier (future Jackie Kennedy) and her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier (Lee Radziwill) in Venice, 1951 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED : Caroline Lee Bouvier (Lee Radziwill) and her sister Jacqueline Bouvier (future Jackie Kennedy) on september 15, 1951 on boat to come back in USA after their travel in Europe (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
10th August 1962: Princess Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jackie Kennedy, with her young son Anthony Radziwill (1959 - 1999) in Ravello. Prince Radziwill is walking behind his wife on the right. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) The First Lady of the land, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill (right), leave the Hotel Carlyle here, March 20th, to attend a social function. Mrs. Kennedy is in town for a few days to do some shopping and possibly buy some antiques for the White House.
(Original Caption) Prince and Princess Stanislaus Radziwill, (President Kennedy's brother-in-law) board their plane for London here. The Princess was in New York to spend four days with her sister, Mrs. Kennedy, shopping and attending the ballet.
Second day of the visit of American President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie to London, England. The President and his wife leave the London home of Princess Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's sister, for the christening of the First lady's niece Anna Christina Radziwill. 5th June 1961. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy and Princess Lee Radziwill walk through the streets of London.
A portrait of Princess Lee Radziwill, voted among the World's Best Dressed Women for 1962 in the annual International Fashion Poll.
(Original Caption) Spain: Jackie Kennedy is shown at the Pier of Amalfi, en route to Conca dei Marini beach via motorboat and then back from Amalfi to Ravello Villa.
First Lady Jackie Kennedy goes to a performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Alvin Theater in New York. She is accompanied by Clayton Fritshie, Prince Stanislas Radziwill, and Princess Lee Radziwill, her sister. | Location: Alvin Theater, New York, New York, USA.
Princess Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy, with her children Anthony and Anna Christina arriving for the Children's Dancing Matinee at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, July 9th 1965. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Lee Radziwill at Truman Capote BW Ball on November 28, 1966 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill in the Turquerie Room of her London home, leaning over stone lion's head statue. (Photo by Cecil Beaton/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: Lee Radziwill posing for a photo on November 28, 1966 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty images)
Princess Lee Radziwill (Lee Bouvier) sister of Jacqueline Kennedy in London's Savoy Hotel. She is in England to play the title role in a TV film, 'Laura' produced by David Susskind. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Getty Images)
Princess Lee Radziwill wearing a tweeded skirt, allowing her feet some breathing air while resting on top of the wooden desk shelf in her room. (Photo by Pierre Boulat/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Truman Capote's Trilogy -- Princess Lee Radziwill attended a screening of Truman Capote's Trilogy, At the four seasons. Later on she reminisced with Capote at a reception following the screening. November 07, 1969. (Photo by William N. Jacobellis/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill and Jackie Onassis during Sighting After Leaving Performance at Alvin Theatre - May 11, 1970 at Alvin Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Portrait of Princess Lee Radziwill in front of mirror at the Turville Grange near Buckinghamshire, England. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lee Radziwill and Peter Tufo during 'Kennedy's Children' Opening at Royale Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lee Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Socialites Lee Radziwell and Jean Tailert attending 'Pierre Cardin Party' on October 6, 1980 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: Lee Radziwell attends First Annual Guild Awards on December 3, 1985 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 11: Lee Radziwill and Herb Ross attend 'Women and Men - Stories of Seduction' Screening on August 11, 1990 at the East Hampton Cinema in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
P364701 01: (EXCLUSIVE) Lee Radziwill on Madison Avenue in New York City, February 17, 2000. (photo by Arnaldo Magnani)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Lee Rayziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, stands on Madison Avenue October 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Prince Wenceslas of Liechenstein and Princess Lee Radziwill at Sean Connery And Micheline Roquebrune 30 Year Anniversary Party At Chateau De Groussay . (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NEWSDAY OUT) Lee Radziwill is seen walking on Madison Avenue on November 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Lee Radziwill attends the kick-off dinner for Lighthouse International's POSH Fashion sale at the Oak Room on May 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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The former ABC News journalist also said at the time that her second act as a Bravo personality would have perplexed her mother-in-law. “The thing about Lee is that not only is she an unbelievably beautiful woman, she’s one of the most curious women I’ve ever met,” she explained. “I don’t think she would understand reality TV, but if you look at her life, she was always doing something interesting and different. She was a decorator, she was even an actress on stage for a while, she worked in fashion, she had so many different interests and lives and careers. So I think she would be bemused.”

Lee was thrice married: to Michael Temple Canfield, Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill and Herbert Ross. She is survived by daughter Anna Christina “Tina” Radziwill, her second child with Stanislaw.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Carole Radziwill attends an 'Enchanted Evening' with RHONY's Carole Radziwill and the TODAY Show's Lilliana Vazquez Hosted by Bronwen Smith Of B Floral on April 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for B Floral)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Carole Radziwill attends an 'Enchanted Evening' with RHONY's Carole Radziwill and the TODAY Show's Lilliana Vazquez Hosted by Bronwen Smith Of B Floral on April 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for B Floral)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Episode 15066 -- Pictured: (l-r) Vida Javid, Carole Radziwill, Mercedes 'MJ' Javid, Jill Zarin, NeNe Leakes, Dina Manzo, Andy Cohen -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Carole Radziwill attends The Real Housewives of New York Season 10 premiere celebration at LDV Hospitality's The Seville, produced by Talent Resources on April 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Talent Resources)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Carole Radziwill co-hosts the opening of fitness space NEO U with Cosmopolitan on February 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Cosmo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Episode 1003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Carole Radziwill, Bethany Frankel, Tinsley Mortimer -- (Photo by: Eugene Gologursky/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Tinsley Mortimer, Carole Radziwill, Bethenny Frankel, Andy Cohen, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley, Luann D'Agostino, Sonja Morgan-- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Carole Radziwill attends the Sony Pictures Classics' 'Paris Can Wait' screening hosted by The Cinema Society & BNY Mellon at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Carole Radziwill attends 'The Real Housewives Of New York City' Season 9 Premiere Party at The Attic Rooftop Lounge on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Carole Radziwill attends The Opening Night of the New Broadway Production of 'Miss Saigon' at the Broadway Theatre on March 23, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'Thank You and Good Night' Episode 919 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dorinda Medley, Carole Radziwill, Adam Kenworthy -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Carole Radziwill attends the Nina Tiari collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season:9 -- Pictured: Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Patrick Ecclesine/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Carole Radziwill attends the Star's Scene Stealers event at Kola House on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Carole Radziwill attends Us Weekly's Most Stylish New Yorkers 2016 at Vandal on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Us Weekly )
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Mercedes 'MJ' Javid and Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Julianne Wainstein, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Journalist Carole Radziwill visits at SiriusXM Studios on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Carole Radziwill attends L?Or�l Paris & Good Housekeeping Celebrate 50 Over 50 Event at Hearst Tower on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Carole Radziwill attends Bravo's 'Below Deck' Premiere at The IAC Building on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Journalist, author, and reality television personality Carole Radziwill and Adam Kenworthy attend the 2016 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Journalist, author, and reality television personality Carole Radziwill attends the 2016 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: TV personality from 'Real Housewives of New York', Carole Radziwill attends B Floral's Bronwen Smith And Bravo TV's Carole Radziwill Floral And Festival Event at Studio Arte on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for B Floral)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'Say It Ain't So' Episode 820 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Adam Kenworthy, Carole Radziwill -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Carole Radziwill attends as Bethenny Frankel launches Skinnygirl Candy at Dylan's Candy Bar Union Square on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Skinnygirl Candy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Carole Radziwill attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Carole Radziwill is seen on July 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Demis Maryannakis/Star Max/GC Images)
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