Princess Diana and ‘Bridgerton’ Have a Hidden Connection


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It’s no secret that Bridgerton, the Shonda Rhimes Netflix series, is a hit among royal watchers. And, it turns out the show has more of a connection to the real British Royal Family. Of course, there’s the character of Queen Charlotte, and then last year Bridgerton creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen revealed that Bridgerton House, the home of season one heroine Daphne and her family, was inspired by Althorp House, the ancestral home of the Spencer family. .

Althorp House is the home of the Earl of Spencer, once father of Princess Diana and now her brother, Earl Charles Spencer. Former Lady Diana Spencer lived in the house from the age of 13 and her father inherited the estate from her grandfather. While developing Bridgerton, Van Dusen visited and gathered his inspiration. The estate is open to the public in summer.



“The interior of Bridgerton House was inspired by my visit to Althorp when I was developing the show. Elegance. Opulence. And that #staircase”, Van Dusen tweeted.

Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother and current Althorp resident, recently saw Van Dusen’s tweet and responded, graced by the reference.

“Just saw below – such a compliment to those of my family who came before me, making @AlthorpHouse what it is today,” Charles wrote.

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Photo credit: Tim Graham – Getty Images

Charles is the ninth Earl Spencer and inherited the house in 1992, when his father and Diana’s father passed away. The property comprises 90 rooms and 550 acres and has been owned by the Spencer family for over 500 years.

Viewers will be able to return to the Althorp-inspired realm next year, when Bridgerton returns to Netflix for its second season. Season two focuses less on Daphne and more on another member of the Bridgerton family, Anthony, Daphne’s older brother and his “quest find a viscountess. “

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