Tag: Diana, Princess of Wales

New York Has a Cameo in ‘The Crown.’ Here’s What Really Happened.

Long shot of the Concorde landing at Kennedy International Airport. Princess Diana gets out of the plane to cheering throngs and heads to a glittering black-tie reception. Theather Huggins remembers what she was doing that same winter night in 1989. Working at a homeless shelter and just a few months out of homelessness herself, she […]

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Why Is Australia Still Part of the British Monarchy?

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Yan Zhuang, a reporter for the Australia bureau. Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke certainly never called the Queen “a pig” dressed “in twin set and pearls.” There is no evidence […]

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The Best-Kept Fashion Secret of ‘The Crown’

Ever since “The Crown,” Season 4, bowed on Netflix, the stylesphere has been filled with strange declarations of desire for the pie-crust collars, novelty sweaters, puffed-sleeve floral frocks and 1980s power jackets immortalized by Princess Diana as she ascended to stardom and Princess Anne as she issued caustic asides. Followed pretty much immediately by queries […]

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Royal Watchers Wonder: Do the Royals Watch ‘The Crown’?

If there were a TV show that portrayed your family as a clueless bunch of snobs and philanderers who helped drive a mentally fragile young princess to despair, would you watch it? “Frankly, think about it,” said Valentine Low, who writes about royal affairs for The Times of London. (Yes, we’re talking about “The Crown” […]

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‘The Crown’ Stokes an Uproar Over Fact vs. Entertainment

LONDON — On a Saturday night in July 1986, a band of bureaucrats in raincoats — one contingent from Buckingham Palace, the other from 10 Downing Street — converged on a newsstand in a train station to snap up The Sunday Times, fresh off the presses with a bombshell headline: “Queen dismayed by ‘uncaring’ Thatcher.” […]

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For the African Women Who Love Diana, ‘The Crown’ Feels Personal

This article contains spoilers for Season 4 of “The Crown.” The latest season of “The Crown” took Aulbright Nyih on an emotional roller coaster. Initially thrilled to see Diana, Princess of Wales, onscreen, by the third episode she was reduced to tears by the portrayal of Diana’s bulimia. Soon Ms. Nyih was cursing Prince Charles, […]

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The Lady and the Trump

WASHINGTON — I’ve been riveted all week by the spectacle of the most famous blond phenom on the planet, a child isolated and miserable living inside a national landmark, lashing out and spiraling into self-destructive acts. But eventually I had to turn off the new season of “The Crown,” focusing on Princess Diana, and drag […]

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What to Watch and Read About Diana

LONDON — The shy daughter of an ancient aristocratic family. The pretty nursery-school attendant engaged to the Prince of Wales. The glamorous, philanthropic beauty. The insecure, needy bulimic. The wonderful mother. The manipulative schemer. The victim of a neglectful, unfaithful husband. The self-empowered survivor. The tragic heroine whose shocking death, at 36, sent Britain into […]

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Diana’s Dresses on The Crown, a Fashion Horror

And so, once again, to Princess Diana. Like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she has become a sort of cultural Rosetta Stone we return to over and over, seeking to discover answers to our own choices in her limpid blue stare and cacophonous, attention-grabbing wardrobe. This time around the re-examination comes courtesy of “The Crown,” Season 4, […]

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Margaret Thatcher and Class Struggles in “The Crown” Season 4

This article contains spoilers for Season 4 of “The Crown.” LONDON — Imagine you are invited to a black-tie dinner with the queen of England and the extended royal family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, and it’s extremely important that you make a good impression. You’re asked to meet for drinks at 6 p.m. Do […]

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‘The Crown’ Has Had Its Scandals, but There’s Nothing Like Diana

When we first glimpse her, minutes into Season 4 of “The Crown,” Lady Diana Spencer is dressed as a tree and hiding behind a plant, the picture of long-legged innocence in a foliage-festooned leotard. “Sorry, I’m not here,” she says coyly to Prince Charles, the highly eligible heir to the British throne, who has arrived […]

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BBC Orders Inquiry Into Diana Interview After Claim Princess Was Misled

LONDON — The extraordinarily candid interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1995 — in which she spoke of her “crowded” marriage to Prince Charles, admitted an affair of her own and told how in her despair she suffered from “rampant bulimia” — rocked England. Hailed by British journalists at the time as “the scoop […]

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Marguerite Littman, the Inspiration for Holly Golightly, Dies at 90

Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse who taught Hollywood to speak Southern, but who left her most enduring legacy as an early force in the fight against AIDS, died on Oct. 16 at her home in London. She was 90. Peter Eyre, a longtime friend, confirmed the death. He said she had been […]

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Happily Ever After? Harry and Meghan Will Settle for Normal

FINDING FREEDOMHarry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyBy Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand I’ve cried for Meghan Markle three times. The first time was two years ago, shortly before she married Prince Harry, when her father appeared out of thin air and embarrassed his daughter on the eve of her wedding. […]

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