Princess Diana Almost Didn’t Attend the Vanity Fair Party She Wore the ‘Revenge Dress’ To, Says Former Butler

by Jeremy Spirogis
Princess Diana attends Vanity Fair Party At The Serpentine Gallery

Princess Diana‘s former butler Paul Burrell has the within scoop on one in all her most memorable style moments — the “revenge dress” she wore to a Vanity Fair get together in 1994. According to Burrell, Princess Diana nearly didn’t go in any respect. He took to Instagram to share his recollections about that occasion and gown, why she didn’t wish to go at first, and the way he satisfied her.

Princess Diana attends Vanity Fair Party At The Serpentine Gallery
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Princess Diana didn’t wish to attend the Vanity Fair get together

On Apr. 5, Burrell posted a video on his Instagram account, recalling the Vanity Fair get together in 1994 that she nearly didn’t attend as a result of her then-husband Prince Charles had admitted on TV that he had an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Burrell referred to as the black off-the-shoulder Christina Stambolian gown his “favorite dress” worn by Princess Diana, which went on to boost $3.25 million at The Christie’s Dress Auction in 1997. Burrell fondly remembered how Princess Diana was second-guessing whether or not she would attend the occasion.

The caption for the post shared: “The Christie’s Dress
Auction in June 1997 raised $3.25 million of their Manhattan sale room. The
public sale benefitted most cancers and AIDS charities and was attended by greater than a
thousand individuals. This Christina Stambolian gown was a specific favorite of

He satisfied her to go anyway

“This was my favorite dress,” Burrell shared within the video. “I remember this evening well, the Princess turned to me and said, ‘I’m not going, I can’t face the world. Not after Prince Charles has just been on national TV discussing his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.’”

Burrell continued, “I stated ‘you are going’ and she or he stated ‘I’ve
acquired nothing to put on!’” It appears the butler had her again as he defined that he
chosen the gown and helped get her prepared for the occasion.

“So I went to her wardrobe, pulled out this gown, zipped
her up and the ending touches had been the pull choker and excessive heels,” he

Burrell added, “As she left I stated to her ‘Remember to say
this to your self: I’m Diana, the Princess of Wales, I’m right here to remain and I’m
the mom of the longer term King of England.’ She did it, and I used to be so happy with

Princess Diana’s ‘revenge dress’ was iconic

Diana attended the get together and shocked the world with what can be without end referred to as the “revenge dress.”

Reader’s Digest shared the story behind the gown, explaining how Prince Charles’ documentary interview “was made in an effort to bring Prince Charles back into a more sympathetic light after his separation from Diana, who was loved by all as ‘the people’s princess.’”

When Charles was requested if he had been “devoted and
honorable” to Princess Diana throughout their marriage, he answered, “Yes. Until it
turned irretrievably damaged down, us each having tried.” 

“We called that ‘The Revenge Dress’ [because] she wore that the same evening Prince Charles confessed to his adultery with Camilla,” Kerry Taylor, whose firm auctioned off ten Diana clothes in 2013, shared with “While some would have been like, ‘I can’t face it this evening,’ Diana went out in that dress looking drop dead gorgeous. She made a big statement right there.”

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