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This new musical all about Princess Diana and her rise to becoming one of the most influential women of the 20th century, was supposed to open on Broadway on March 31, before the coronavirus pandemic put it on pause. 

However, luckily for us Diana: A True Musical Story will be available all over the world, for us to watch from the comfort of our own homes, launching on Netflix in 2021. The musical will star Broadway actor Jeanna de Waal as Princess Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony Award–winning actor Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. 


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The cast spoke to People all about the preparation involved in taking on such iconic roles. Jeanne de Waal explained how she spent hours devouring YouTube clips of Diana in interviews, and even watched an eight-minute video of Princess Diana in ‘mom-mode’ with Prince William and Prince Harry.

“She’s not speaking, but you can see the way that she’s caring for Harry and William, and how she relates to them. How she watches so intensely… She’s very present in every single moment that she’s involved with,” Jeanne described.

The decision to launch Diana: A True Musical Story on Netflix is following the hugely successful release of Broadway musical, Hamilton, which became available on Disney+ in early July, causing a 74% increase in downloads of the streaming service.


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"We speak for the entire company when we say that we couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to share our show with theatre-lovers everywhere," said the show's producers in a joint statement. "Though there is no substitute for the live theatre, we are honoured to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide."

While Diana: A True Musical Story will be premiering on Netflix in 2021, theatre-lovers will still be able to catch a live performance of the show later next year, as the new Broadway opening date has been moved to May 25. The original cast will be filmed for the Netflix production, on the stage of their Longacre Theatre in New York, in front of an empty audience.



There’s no doubt Princess Diana was one of the biggest figures in the fashion world during her time. Her legendary ‘revenge dress’ was by far one of the most memorable looks in pop culture. 

The late princess was never afraid to push style boundaries, despite her royal title. Diana managed to make jumpers and cycling shorts look chic. She donned oversized blazers and baseball caps yet still managed to look as classy as ever.

She certainly wore some of the most beautiful ball gowns, but it was her casual, dressed-down looks that cemented her as a true fashion icon.


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Her style has continued to inspire many, including Hailey Bieber who has channelled Diana in a photoshoot for Vogue Paris.

The 22-year-old honoured the late Princess Diana in the striking photoshoot which has sent fans into a frenzy on Instagram. Hailey’s followers were stunned by the resemblance between the pair.


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One commented, ‘Strong Princess Di vibes here.’

‘I thought this was Princess Di’ another said.


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Hailey heralded Diana as one of her inspirations. The model said, ‘All credit and inspo to the amazingly beautiful and iconically stylish Princess Diana who I’ve looked to for style inspiration for as long as I can remember.’

She added, ‘Thank you for leaving behind such an iconic fashion and style legacy.’


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Hailey’s Vogue Paris shoot was released ahead of Diana’s 22nd anniversary.

The mum-of-two tragically passed away on August 31, 1997 in Paris, France. Diana was only 36-years-old when her life was cut short after that horrifying car accident.



James Kavanagh has nabbed the crown as the Hallo-queen thanks to his unreal costume.

Unveiling himself on Instagram last night, the social media influencer showcased his best costume to date – as he emulated his beloved pet Diana the cat. 

Diana is a sphinx breed of feline, so James drafted in the help of the Dublin Body Paint studio to get Diana's wrinkled, feline look. 


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During the week, the influencer uploaded a snap to his Instagram, letting his followers know that he had settled on a costume. 

'Have just finalized my Halloween outfit and I am VIOLENTLY excited. This Sunday I will transform into something I adore,' he wrote. 

Many people guessed his choice of costume correctly, with Diana the Sphinx being a top guess among commenters (along with Princess Diana). 


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The hairless cat has her own Instagram page, where she enjoys the attentions of her 11,000 followers. 

Diana, a repeal the 8th activist and pearl choker aficionado, has been a part of James' family since May of this year. 

Diana also uploaded a picture of herself and James, wishing her fans a happy Halloween.  

Al, a black and white Tuxedo breed who also resides with James, has not commented on the lack of costume tribute he received this year. 



Naomi Watts has admitted that she has regrets about the direction the Diana movie went in.

The actress played Diana in the film by Oliver Hirschbiegel of the same name.

The movie was a disaster in the box office, earning only $20 million and receiving a lot of criticism.

Naomi also received a nomination for a Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress thanks to her role in the film.

When speaking of the film, Naomi says: “I got seduced by the fantastic role…But ultimately there were problems and it ended up taking a direction that was not one I was hoping for. With risk there is every chance of fail. If you have to go down with that sinking ship, so be it.”

The movie certainly hasn’t harmed Naomi’s acting career as she is set to star in three films this year and next: St Vincent de Van Nuys opposite Bill Murray, Birdman with Emma Stone and Ed Norton and finally While We’re Young with Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried.