Princess Diana Really Did Roller Skate Down the Halls of Buckingham Palace, Like in ‘The Crown’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Diana At Highgrove

The fourth season of The Crown debuted on Netflix on Nov. 15. In this season, viewers witness Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) develop into Britain’s first feminine prime minister and Prince Charles’ (Josh O’Connor) relationship with Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) unfold.

In one episode titled “Fairytale,” Diana will be seen curler skating down the halls of Buckingham Palace, listening to Duran Duran on her Walkman. It’s a staggering picture that begs the query: Did the actual Princess Diana ever try this?

Diana At Highgrove
Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library through Getty Images

‘The Crown’ actor Emma Corrin desires to consider Princess Diana curler skated in Buckingham Palace

In an interview Corrin did with Sky News, she mentioned she thinks the curler skating positively occurred. At least, she desires to consider it did.

“I think she [really] did do that,” she mentioned. “Do you know what, it was that kind of thing, it was the roller-skating, the sense of fun that she obviously had before she became royal and that she kind of maintained, that I think was quite rare.”

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“Roller-skating through Buckingham Palace is a great example,” she continued. “Also, the dancing… and how much that meant to her, and how she used that as a kind of form of expression. I really loved discovering that.”

‘The Crown’ producer says Diana actually did curler skate within the palace (and trip her bike)

The Crown producer Oona O’Beirn advised Vogue that the curler skating did really occur–”It’s true!”

“It’s hard to do on some of those carpets,” O’Beirn continued. “I think she probably stuck to less interesting bits of the palace, but we wanted to set it in the bits of the palace we’d already seen. It reminds you that Diana was only 19 at that time.”

Additionally, the producer revealed that the present’s analysis discovered that Diana additionally “rode her bicycle around [inside the palace] the night before she got married, but we didn’t manage to get that in [the episode].”

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Tina Brown confirms the bicycle story in her biography, The Diana Chronicles. Brown writes in regards to the night time earlier than Diana’s wedding ceremony. She was wandering round Clarence House when she bumped into the Queen’s web page, William Tallon.

“She seemed at such a loose end that Tallon invited her into his office for a chat with himself and an equerry,” wrote Brown. “He remembers he asked her, ‘Well so shall we all have a drink?’ And the equerry ‘poured me a stiff one, and an orange juice for Lady Diana and she was very happy. Then she saw my bicycle standing against a wall and she got on it and started to ride round and round, ringing the bell and singing, ‘I’m going to marry the Prince of Wales tomorrow.’ Ring ring. ‘I’m going to marry the Prince of Wales tomorrow!’ Ring, ring.”

“I can hear that bicycle ringing now,” added Tallon. “She was just a child, you know, just a little girl.”

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