Before Princess Diana entered her “grotesque mise-en-scène” with Prince Charles, she was only 19 years old and loved to party. In the new series of The crown, we see the recent princess (played by Emma Corinne) go out with clubs with her friends and dance at tables for Stevie Knicks. She may not have followed strict protocol from the palace, but it is obvious that she loved a regal good night.
There are many well-documented scenes of Diana on the dance floor – especially in the Netflix series; ballroom dancing with Charles in Sydney, then throwing some figures of the girl in Billy Joel̵
This is a story that is now embedded in the urban legend. She first appeared in 2013, when in Rocos’s memoir “The Power of Positive Drinking” she described a casual day in the life of the biggest rock star on the planet, the Princess of Wales, a much-loved comedian and actor, Rocos.
The group apparently spent the afternoon drinking champagne and watching The golden girls – a lot of Lockdown Two – dubbing their own “naughty dialogue” through a muted TV show.
By evening, the tall spurs had escalated and the gang decided to go to a club at the iconic gay cabaret bar. Royal Vaxhaull Tavern in South London. Diana said she was in “complete mischief mode,” and Mercury agreed, “Go on, let the girl have fun.”
But there was only the question of how Diana, one of the most famous faces on the planet, can go unnoticed by other clubbers. The answer: by making her “a pretty eccentrically dressed gay male model.”
The trio made her look more masculine, shaping her into a baseball cap, sunglasses and an army jacket. Rocos said, “He looked like a handsome young man.”
The friends made their way through the Vauxhall Club – “inserted through leather crowds and slingshots” – and it was fair that it was Diana’s circle at the bar after her transformation into king. Her order? White wines and beer.
Rocos added in his book: “When we entered … we felt that she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any moment. But people were just emptying it. She somehow disappeared. But she loved him.
“We fought like naughty students. Diana and Freddie giggled … After the transaction was complete, we looked at each other, united in our triumphant search. We did it! “
Then the band left after only 20 minutes – probably for an after party, which was too spicy, even if Rocos published it.
While The crown unfortunately it doesn’t focus on this particular episode of rock’n’roll-meeting-royalty, it’s something that used to be worth adapting on a small screen. In 2019, Sky Arts’ Urban myths the series airs the program Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett, which presents the epic evening even more.
In it, the fictional Diana (played by Sophie Rundall) befriends a dear queen in the tavern, and this inspires her to start her campaign for gay rights and work with those with HIV / AIDS. She concludes with the realization, “The next time people turn around waiting for me to speak, I actually have to say something.” She is then pushed by Mercury and Everett in a supermarket cart.
While this particular reworking of Rocos’ story is clearly a flight of fancy, it’s still a joy to see the experience come to life on screen. And fans are now desperate to have it recreated for the next series of The crown. One Twitter viewer said, “Basically, I just watch The crown in case they make the beat “Diana and Freddie Mercury go to the Vauxhall tavern”, which we all know is the only story related to the royal family that is worth putting on screen “. Another commented: “If there is no scene in The crown series five, where Diana is taken to The RVT in a drag by Freddie Mercury, we are suing Netflix “, while another fan added:” Let’s start a petition! “
Whether or not writer Peter Morgan decides to fulfill their wishes for a series of five, this still remains one of the greatest stories of pop culture in the 1980s. Has its authenticity been confirmed? No, not exactly. Do we want it to be true? Absolutely.
With the invention of social media and camera phones at the age of 30, no one was able to get a picture of them. But it’s nice to think that for one night Diana and her friends have to experience a wild night of anonymity by joining the tables moving together on the dance floor – something as touching now as we’ve all taken it away. 2020
In a world where these are “pictures or it didn’t happen”, this is an event where it is best remembered as an excellent – though still unconfirmed – anecdote.
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