Princess Diana's friends' real reaction to her getting engaged to Prince Charles

Abigail Malbon
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Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

If you've been watching The Crown season 4, you'll be familiar with Princess Diana's flatmates' reaction to her getting engaged to Prince Charles. In the show, she returns home to tell her three friends Carolyn Bartholomew, Anne Bolton, and Virginia Pitman the news, and they all celebrate by driving around London and going to a club afterwards.

While this season of the show has been met with some backlash over inaccuracies, it turns out the recreation is actually a pretty accurate representation of what really went down when Diana told her flatmates - who were actually some of the first to know about the engagement.

As Diana describes in Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words, "I came back [to the flat] and sat on my bed. 'Girls, guess what?' They said: 'He asked you. What did you say?' 'Yes please.' They screamed and howled and we went for a drive around London with our secret. I rang my parents the next morning."

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

While we don't see a lot more of Diana's flatmates in the series, they all continued to be a big part of her life even during her time in the royal family. She was pictured in 1991 attending Pitman's wedding, and Bartholomew would also go on to become Prince Harry's godmother, and was seen attending his wedding to Meghan Markle in May of 2018.

Hopefully it's been a treat for them to see their on-screen counterparts!

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