How Princess Diana’s Home Impressed the Set Design for “Bridgerton”

Princess Diana home Althorp Estate

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Princess Diana dwelling Althorp Property

Althorp Property is a sprawling home within the English countryside, full with crystal chandeliers and 500-year-old work. It’s the place Princess Diana spent her teenage years earlier than marrying Charles, and is at the moment the residence of Charles Spencer, her youthful brother. 

It additionally occurs to boast one other declare to fame: inspiring the setting for Netflix’s Bridgerton.

Again in December 2020, days after the primary season of Bridgerton premiered, present runner Chris Van Dusen shared some perception on Twitter: “The inside of Bridgerton Home was impressed by my go to to Althorp once I was growing the present. Class. Opulence. And that #staircase.”

Charles Spencer re-tweeted the information shorty after, writing, “Simply seen this, under—such a praise to these of my household who went earlier than me, making Althorp Home what it nonetheless is immediately.”

Followers of Bridgerton are in all probability conversant in the fictionalized model of Princess Diana’s dwelling, however what precisely does the actual Althorp Property appear to be? We now have a significantly better thought, due to a section that aired on The Right this moment Present yesterday.

For the video, NBC Information correspondent Molly Hunter traveled to the 13,000-acre property, the place she obtained a private tour from Charles Spencer himself. Hunter was greeted on the home’s entrance corridor, which stuns with a black-and-white tiled ground and towering work.

The primary glimpse of the home certain seems to be opulent to most common viewers, although Spencer claimed, “It’s not bling. It’s not overpowering.” He then added with amusing, “I hope!”

The video then adopted Hunter and Spencer to the well-known staircase, which is lit by a crystal chandelier and surrounded by household portraits—together with a stunning portray of Princess Diana.

“[The staircase] simply pulls all the pieces collectively, and I can see this is able to have an enchantment to a artistic man,” Spencer mentioned, referring to Chris Van Dusen.

“Once I was writing the pilot script, I really wrote that there was this grand central staircase in the course of the Bridgerton home with portraits suspended above it, very similar to Althorp,” Van Dusen informed Hunter. “These phrases are actually within the script.”

The remainder of the tour included stops within the Painters’ Passage, a room that includes many self-portraits and busts. Spencer jokes that it might need to be known as “The Bridgerton Room” going ahead, on account of its putting resemblance to one of many present’s units.

There was additionally a cease within the Image Gallery, an extended room the place virtually each inch of wall area is roofed with gold-framed work. Whereas a lot of the portraits come from the Spencer household‘s 500-year-old artwork assortment, there are a number of newer items snuck in—specifically an ultra-modern retelling of Britannia, the nationwide personification of Britain usually depicted as a feminine warrior. The 2008 portray exhibits Britannia carrying a crimson tank high and smoking a cigarette.

“Individuals get whiplash,” Spencer mentioned. “When now we have the general public strolling previous, they see all of the seventeenth century, and immediately there’s something from 2008.”

For Spencer, including delicate trendy touches to the home helps maintain it alive and kicking for generations to return. And Althorp’s new correlation to Bridgerton is only one extra strategy to breathe new life into the household dwelling.

“I feel it’s fabulous,” Spencer mentioned, when requested about Van Dusen’s repurposing of the property. “It is an enormous praise, to not me, as a result of these designs have been right here for a really very long time, however to my ancestors who have been fortunate sufficient to have the ability to make use of nice artists to make the inside of Althorp nice. And there they’re, residing on in a barely totally different type.”