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The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982)

The story of the courtship of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, told at a time when their union still seemed to be a match made in heaven.


Peter Levin


Robert L. Freedman (teleplay), Selma Thompson (teleplay) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Oxenberg ... Lady Diana Spencer
Christopher Baines Christopher Baines ... Charles, Prince of Wales
Olivia de Havilland ... Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
Dana Wynter ... Queen Elizabeth II
Ray Milland ... Mr. Griffiths
Stewart Granger ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Barbara Caruso Barbara Caruso ... Countess Raine Spencer
Holland Taylor ... Frances Shand Kydd
George Martin ... Earl Spencer
John Hadden John Hadden ... Prince Andrew
Michael E. Knight ... Prince Edward (as Michael Knight)
Estella Masters Estella Masters ... Sarah Spencer
Jeannine Taylor ... Samantha Edwards
Ibbits Warriner Ibbits Warriner ... Kate
Roberta Wallach ... Princess Marguerite


The story of the courtship of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, told at a time when their union still seemed to be a match made in heaven.

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Drama | Romance







Release Date:

20 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Romanze von Charles und Diana See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lady Diana Spencer was played by Catherine Oxenberg. In reality, Oxenberg is a blood relative of the British Royal Family; her mother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, is the second cousin of Prince Charles as Princess Elizabeth's own mother Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark was the first cousin of Prince Charles' father Prince Philip. See more »


Lady Diana Spencer: [following an attempt on the lives of members of the Royal Family] Your Majesty, you can't! You can't go out to the balcony.
Queen Elizabeth II: Diana, We see your concern for Our safety. But you must understand that so long as We reign, We must separate Our personal self from Our position. As a woman, you or I might choose to stay behind in the safety of this room. But as the Royal Family, we have no choice but to go forward and to face our people. Because you see, my Dear, we are the people. Do you understand?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th (2013) See more »


Will He Like Me
Lyrics by Nathan Joseph
Sung by Laurie Beechman
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Interesting cast but routine story of a Royal Romance...
24 November 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Not bad, for a made-for-TV movie, and it's a wonder that given the events surrounding Princess Diana that have taken place since that famous Royal Wedding, there hasn't been more exposure of this film.

I saw it when it first aired and was never really that interested in British royalty to care about seeing it except for the notable cast. Any film that gives OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND a chance to be seen again (her career had become very sporadic by this time), was worth checking out. I was also interested in seeing how RAY MILLAND, STEWART GRANGER and DANA WYNTER appeared--other seldom seen stars from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Well, the best thing about this one is the cast. It was nice seeing all these old favorites together and CATHERINE OXENBERG gave a reasonably good performance as Diana. But I was disappointed in Olivia's Queen Elizabeth, given little to do, and only fleetingly amusing in a scene where she coaches Oxenberg on royal deportment--table manners and walking up and down stairs, etc. Other than that, she had very little to do.

Nor were RAY MILLAND, DANA WYNTER or STEWART GRANGER on display long enough to evaluate them as performers. Strange that the producers went to the trouble to get these stars and then gave them little to do except be seen as little more than background filler.

Unless you're extremely interested in British royalty, this one was pretty much a yawner not worth bothering about.

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