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October 04, 2021

Princess Diana's Childhood Home Inspired 'Bridgerton' Creator Chris Van Dusen

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The beloved Netflix series, "Bridgerton," has an interesting connection to Princess Diana. After finding out the connection, her younger brother sent his approval via Twitter this week.

"Bridgerton" creator Chris Van Dusen admitted that Princess Diana's childhood home, Althorp House, the Spencer family's ancestral home, inspired him when he was developing the show.

In a tweet from two days after the Netflix hit premiered, Van Dusen revealed that the interior of the Bridgerton House was inspired by his trip to Althorp house, describing the home as having elegance and opulence. 

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This old tweet, which referenced the gorgeous staircase of the home, did not gain much attention when it was initially posted. However, this week, the tweet was seen by the right pair of eyes. 

Earl Charles Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, took to Twitter and retweeted Van Dusen's old tweet and explained that it was a compliment to the Spencers' ancestry:

"Just seen this, below - such a compliment to those of my family who went before me, making @AlthorpHouse what it still is today. #bridgerton"

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The 9th Earl Spencer resides at Althorp House with his family and regularly shares gorgeous images of the exterior and interior of the estate and its grounds on his Instagram account. 

The residence is also Princess Diana's final resting place where family members can visit her private grave. However, it is not accessible to the public. Instead, guests visiting the park can pay their respects at a public memorial site.

There is no word of an official release date for the second season yet. 

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Perhaps fans can now point out more connections to Princess Diana's home in the show's second season, which Netflix confirmed a month after "Bridgerton" premiered on Netflix. 

Besides Earl Spencer approving Van Dusen's set inspiration, another royal has spoken openly about the series, including how much they loved and enjoyed the eighth episode of the series. 

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Sarah Ferguson, mother of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, exclusively told Us Weekly that she watched the first season twice because she enjoyed the characters, costumes, and storyline so much.

Ferguson and other eager "Bridgerton" fans will have to wait a little longer for the second season, which is expected to be as sensational as season 1. However, there is no word of an official release date for the second season yet. 

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The first season focused on Daphne Bridgerton and her relationship with the Duke of Hastings. It has been suggested that the second season will be based on her older brother, Anthony, finding a wife. 

The period drama, which is co-created by "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, is based on the popular Julia Quinn novels. The first season was based on "The Duke and I."

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