Princess Diana really did roller skate in the halls of Buckingham Palace, like in “The Crown”
The fourth season of The crown debuted on Netflix on November 15. This season, viewers see Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) become Britain’s first female Prime Minister, and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor’s) relationship with Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) unfold.
In an episode titled “Fairy Tale”, Diana can be seen rollerblading the halls of Buckingham Palace, listening to Duran Duran on her Walkman. It’s a stunning image that begs the question: Has the real Princess Diana ever done this?
‘The Crown’ actress Emma Corrin wants to believe Princess Diana rollerbladed at Buckingham Palace
In an interview Corrin with Sky News, she said she believes roller skating has definitely happened. At least she wants to believe it.
“I think she [really] did it, ”she said. “Do you know what, it was that sort of thing, it was roller skating, the sense of fun that she obviously had before she became royal and that she kind of maintained, I think it was was quite rare. “
“Roller skating through Buckingham Palace is a prime example,” she continued. “Also, the dance… and how much that meant to her, and how she used it as a kind of form of expression. I absolutely loved finding out about that.
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The crown Producer Oona O’Beirn told Vogue that roller skating actually happened – “It’s true!”
“It’s hard to do on some of these mats,” O’Beirn continued. “I think she probably stuck to less interesting parts of the palace, but we wanted to set her up in the parts of the palace that we had already seen. It reminds you that Diana was only 19 at the time.
Additionally, the producer revealed that research for the show revealed that Diana “also cycled around. [inside the palace] the day before his wedding, but we couldn’t get him in [the episode]. “
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Tina Brown confirms the history of cycling in her biography, The Chronicles of Diane. Brown writes about the day before Diana’s wedding. She was walking through Clarence House when she met the Queen’s Page, William Tallon.
“She seemed so distraught that Tallon invited her into his office to chat with himself and a squire,” Brown wrote. “He remembers asking her, ‘Well, are we all going for a drink?’ And the squire poured me a stiff one, and an orange juice for Lady Diana and she was very happy. Then she saw my bicycle leaning against a wall and she climbed on it and started to circle ringing the bell and singing, “I’m going to marry the Prince of Wales tomorrow.” Ding Dong. “I’m going to marry the Prince of Wales tomorrow!” “Ding Dong.”
“I hear this bike ringing now,” added Tallon. “She was just a child, you know, just a little girl.”