Photos from this week in which The Crown star Emma Corrin strolls through the streets of Manchester – which doubles in the late 1980s for an industrial-looking Brooklyn – shine a light on Diana’s love affair with New York.
The fourth series of the Netflix show tells her famous three-day visit from 1989. Made solo, the journey marked the start of her love affair with the Big Apple, a city she escaped many times after her marriage to Prince Charles in 1992.
In the scenes of The Crown, Corrin, 24, seems a remarkable resemblance to the deceased princess, with a replica of the champagne-tinted Victor Edelstein dress that Diana wore at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 3, 1989.
It is good that The Big Apple appears prominently in the The Crown story of Diana. The city offered a ticket to a world of glamorous high society – some of the most notable New Yorkers loved her – and also offered an outlet for her humanitarian work.
She made several high-profile visits after her divorce and indeed, the Big Apple was one of the last places the 36-year-old princess visited before her premature death in Paris on August 31, 1997.
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Regal: The Crown star Emma Corrin [L] was busy photographing New York City scenes for the fourth season of the Netflix show on Sunday, following the visit of Princess Diana in the late 1980s [R]
Here we choose the most important visits that were demonstrably crucial to help Diana find a new path in the later years of her life.
FEBRUARY 1989: STILL MARRIED BUT DIANA MAKES A SOLO TRIP WITH HIGH PROFILE TO NEW YORK
The Prince of Wales in particular was absent from one of Diana’s most famous visits to the Big Apple.
A three-day stay saw the princess combine glamor with her humanitarian ambitions, while visiting the opera in Brooklyn, the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side and an HIV unit for children in Harlem.
With her marriage probably already in trouble, Princess Diana seemed to pay the attention she was given during a high society evening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she attended a Welsh National Opera Gala production by Falstaff.
Meet and greet: Diana attended Falstaff’s Welsh National Opera Gala production during her visit to New York City
Regal: The Crown has been busy photographing New York City scenes for the fourth season of the Netflix show and emulates Diana ‘s visit in the late 1980s
The princess drew thousands of people to the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side when she took a tour during the same visit
Crowd control The Princess of Wales takes flowers from benevolent people while a series of bodyguards and NYPD officers watch
The visit of Diana, still in the capacity of a royal family, led to a few centimeters in the New York press
The evening was a charity gala that was held entirely in her honor and attracted an audience of 860 guests, including dozens of high-flying New Yorkers. Diana wore that famous champagne-colored dress with golden beads from Victor Edelstein, one of her favorite designers.
The princess was in the royal box, which the New York Times wrote at the time “was covered with swags of purple and red satin and green.”
During the same visit, the royal appearance made a striking appearance at the Child Care Department at Harlem Hospital and then at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side.
Surrounded by security, the princess was wearing a pink and black Catherine Walker suit. Shortly after the visit, she left for the UK.
JANUARY 1995: TUMULTUOUS POST DIVORCE ERA BEGINS AND DIANA STATESIDE’S TRAVEL MORE FREQUENT
Back at Harlem Hospital during a two-day visit to the city in January 1995 – she had visited the pediatric AIDS department at the hospital for the first time six years earlier in 1989
High glamor: Princess Diana at the Fashion Designer Awards at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan in January 1995
Diana continued to live after the failure of her marriage and withdrew to New York in January 1995 for a two-day visit to the whirlwind.
Again, to ensure that fashion and charity were side by side, Princess Diana also awarded a prize to British magazine editor Liz Tilberis, a close friend of the Royal, at the Fashion Designer Awards at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
On November 20, 1995, the famous tell-all interview with Martin Bashir was broadcast on the BBC, which attracted around 22 million viewers, while the royal party explosively referred to the “third person” in her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
DECEMBER 1996: 50th BIRTHDAY OF DIOR AND A HUMANITARIAN OF THE ANNUAL PRICE
New life: in December 1996, when Diana accepted the Humanitarian of the Year award at a Cerebal Palsy Dinner, the royal appeared in her most self-assured and had entranced her remarkable New York public.
In a chic little black dress with a diamond spot, the princess went to dinner with Henry Kissinger, away from the glitzy event before accepting her prize
The princess, pictured with her good friend British magazine editor Liz Tilberis, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute Ball in December 1996, just nine months before her premature death in August 1997
Diana was depicted with John Galliano, on the far left, who designed the navy silk slip, his first piece for Dior
The princess won even more admirers during a pre-Christmas visit to New York in 1996 to accept the Humanitarian of the Year at a Cerebal Palsy Dinner on December 11.
The royal one wore a low-cut shimmering black dress with diamond details combined with bulky pearl earrings.
In addition to the then General Colin Powell, Diana accepted the prize from Henry Kissinger. After Powell joked that he was a family of the monarchy, she called him, tongue-in-cheek, “Cousin Colin,” while accepting the prize.
During the same journey, Diana stole the show during the 50th anniversary of The House of Dior, in a navy silk slip, the first piece that designer John Galliano had made for Dior.
JUNE 1997: MOTHER THERESA, HILLARY CLINTON AND A AUCTION OF $ 3.2 MILLION DOLLAR CHRISTIE
Last visit: a now iconic photo of Diana, 36, and mother Theresa, 87, walking the streets of the Bronx. Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, mother Theresa just six days later on September 5
The city played a role in helping to establish the Princess of Wales, now far removed from the royal family, as a worldwide state-like figure that is constantly growing in confidence.
On June 18, Diana walked hand in hand through the streets of the Bronx with Mother Theresa – it would be the last time the couple met, with Diana who died on August 31, 1997 and the religious figure died only six days later September 5 .
June 23, 1997: A NYPD police officer watched Princess Diana closely after she left a dinner party to celebrate her Christie’s auction, with 79 of her evening and cocktail dresses being sold for charity
The princess was the toast of the pre-auction party at Christie’s and wore a beautiful cream-colored dress by one of her favorite designers, Catherine Walker
The sale of Christie was a huge success, earning millions for charity and Diana appeared in her element and mingled with some of the designers at the auction, including Zandra Rhodes, right
During that same visit in June, Diana also spent time with First Lady Hillary Clinton at the White House in Washington.
And just a few days later, Diana was back in New York to launch a Christie’s sale of 79 evening and cocktail dresses, including another design by Victor Edelstein – the dress she wore during that famous dance with John Travolta at the White House in November 1985.
That dress would eventually be sold for $ 225,000 and swell the $ 3.2 million that the collection eventually raised to the princess’s favorite charities.