The tumultuous nature of Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales relationship has been a consistent topic of discussion even decades after their marriage crumbled and the princess passed away in a tragic accident. And this is the primary selling point of The Crown Season 4 that relies heavily on their pretentious display of an all-is-good marriage. But there is also the fact that the series has altered events via the courtesy of creative license. So, in the long list of events in the series that appear too fictitious to be true, one is Princess Diana’s dance on “Uptown Girl” in Episode 9 but turns out, it did happen!
Emma Corrin as Princess Diana performs on Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”
The episode opens with Charles’ expression turning sour as his perfect evening is ruined by the innocent attempt of his wife to impress him– Princess Diana ascends the stage in a silk negligee and starts performing an impressively choreographed number on “Uptown Girl.” Charles, who is already incensed that his wife is blatantly blowing away royal etiquettes, is further stoked when the audience erupts in applause. And as he later angrily rebukes a hopeful Diana, her performance just ensured that on his 37th birthday, she is the centre of attention.
For those thinking that The Crown creator Peter Morgan must have fabricated this over-the-top scene can put their theories to rest as this did happen.
Princess Diana did dance to “Uptown Girl” much to the annoyance of the Prince
Wayne Sleep, who was Princess Diana’s partner in “Uptown Girl” dance, shared in a 2017 interview with The Guardian, that the future Queen of England approached him in the 80s with the proposition for him to teach her Ballet. But while he didn’t have time then, he agreed to help her with her performance at the Royal Opera House in 1985.
“Charles was going to be in the audience and she wanted to surprise him; it was all top secret. We met in a rehearsal studio in west London. She was in leg-warmers and a leotard. My first thought was, she’s too tall to dance with me, I’ll be a laughing stock: I’m 5ft 2in and she’s 5ft 11in. But I soon realized she had a good sense of humor, and that we could have some fun with our height difference. She’d already decided on the music: Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”,” he shared.
And on the night of the performance, as shared by Sleep with CBS, she “walked out for eight counts…and then stopped, looked at the audience beautifully, and there was a gasp from the audience of 2,500 people who took an intake of breath all at the same time.” She was mesmerizing, beautiful and achieved a level of perfection that left the audience “speechless.”
But though Princess Diana was ecstatic and excited about her Uptown Girl-performance, sure that Charles would appreciate her gift to him, her plan backfired.
“She did it as a tribute to Charles. Charles wasn’t terribly impressed. He thought she was showing off,” shared royal expert Richard Kay.