Inside Princess Diana's Connection To Bridgerton

Last year, Netflix allowed the world to step out of their pajamas and dress into opulent feathers, jewels, and Regency-era outfits with the release of "Bridgerton." The period drama circled the romances between aristocratic families and was revealed to be the most viewed television series on the streaming platform (via Deadline), pointing to the fact that escapism was the key word for 2020. Cue the classical rendition of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams." About 82 million of us (and probably more) savored Regé-Jean Page on our screens and are now patiently wait for Season 2, which was announced by the elusive Lady Whistledown herself (via Instagram).

Considering that the show is filmed around the most stunning locations in the United Kingdom (via Visit England) and has a tabloid-like narrative of the romances, it isn't surprising that the royal family was a possible inspiration. The creator of the show talked about a few details about the fantasy set in "Bridgerton" that revealed a connection between Princess Diana and the show. 

Bridgerton sets were inspired by Princess Diana

Like the production team of "The Crown," the creator of "Bridgerton," Chris Van Dusen, made up a world of stunning architecture, terraced houses, and lush gardens in the United Kingdom — some in Bath, Surrey, and Yorkshire (via CN Traveler). They even shared a few sets, like the Wilton House in Salisbury. But one piece of architecture inspired Van Dusen to create the delicate interiors of the "Bridgerton" households: the Althorp estate.

He tweeted, "The interior of Bridgerton House was inspired by my visit to Althorp when I was developing the show. Elegance. Opulence. And that #staircase." The Althorp estate was Princess Diana's childhood home and is also her final resting place (via House Beautiful). Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer and Diana's younger brother, saw the tweet recently and wrote back, "Just seen this, below – such a compliment to those of my family who went before me, making @AlthorpHouse what it still is today," (via Twitter).