What you may not learn about (or bear in mind) are the TV films that dramatized Diana’s “fairy story” romance with Prince Charles, their 1981 marriage (a world occasion), the couple’s rocky street over the following 15 years — culminating with their 1996 divorce — Diana’s 1997 loss of life in that horrific Paris automotive crash. There was even a TV film about Charles and Diana’s oldest son, Prince William.
The titles alone, which veer from “A Royal Love Story” to “Unhappily Ever After” to “Feud,” offer you a way of the stormy flip taken by the Royal couple’s relationship.
“Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story”
Aired Sept. 17, 1982 on ABC
The title just about says all of it within the first TV film to air following the couple’s year-old marriage (earlier than anybody knew about all the interior strife). Caroline Bliss performed Diana, with David Robb as Prince Charles, Christopher Lee as Prince Philip and Margaret Tyzack as Queen Elizabeth.
“The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana”
Aired Sept. 20, 1982 on CBS
This one adopted its ABC counterpart by just a few days, with Catherine Oxenberg — who’d reprise the position 10 years later — as Diana, Christopher Baines as Charles, Stewart Granger (!) as Prince Philip and Dana Wynter as Queen Elizabeth. Enjoyable truth: Olivia de Havilland, who turned 101 in July, co-starred as The Queen Mom.
“Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After”
Aired Dec. 13, 1992 on ABC
Yep — its Oxenberg once more as Diana, a decade later and famously sad in her marriage to Charles, portrayed right here by Roger Rees, with Amanda Walker as Queen Elizabeth and David Quilter as Prince Philip. This one options Jane How as Charles’ real love, Camilla Parker-Bowles, and there’s even a really younger Prince William (Thomas Szekeres) and Prince Harry (Oliver Stone — and sure, that’s his actual title).
“Diana: Her True Story”
Aired April four & 5, 1993 on NBC
Now that the facade surrounding the Charles-Diana union had crumbled, NBC jumped on the scandal bandwagon with this two-parter starring Serena Scott Thomas as Diana, David Threlfall as Charles, Elizabeth Garvie as Parker-Bowles and Ann Stallybrass as Queen Elizabeth. Additionally featured: Tracy Hardwick as Sarah Ferguson, who was concerned in her personal scandalous Royal marriage to Prince Andrew.
Aired Sept. 29, 2002 on ABC
Jordan Frieda, the son of Scottish pop singer Lulu and movie star hairsylist John Frieda, performed the title position this film filmed in Eire and overlaying three years in Prince William’s life — from Diana’s loss of life to his getting into St. Andrew’s School in 2000 (when he was 18). Martin Turner co-starred as Charles, with Eddie Cooper as brother Prince Harry, Rosemary Leach as Queen Elizabeth and Carolyn Pickles as Parker-Bowles.
“The Homicide of Princess Diana”
Aired in 2007 on Lifetime
Timed to the 10th anniversary of Diana’s loss of life (or “Homicide,” in line with this TV film), this film explored the circumstances surrounding the Aug. 31, 1997 automotive crash that claimed the lifetime of Diana (Nathalie Brocker), Dodi Al-Fayed (Stephane Loumi) and limo driver Henri Paul (Denis Braccini).
“Feud: Charles and Diana”
Airs subsequent 12 months on FX
Ryan Murphy’s subsequent entry into his “Feud” anthology hasn’t forged any of its leads (but) — however it’s positive to be juicy.
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