It’s common knowledge now that the British Royal Family dislikes fictional contents such as The Crown, especially after Season 4, which launched a renewed Dianamania around the world.
However, involuntarily, by promoting the app Time to Walk, Prince William shared a rare and personal souvenir of his childhood that not only is sweet, but confirms the veracity of what the Netflix’s series showed last sesason. As you know now, before James Corden, who created the format carpool karaoke, Princess Diana enjoyed listening to music and singing while driving. It was her way to shield herself and her children from the outside world.
“When I was younger, Harry and I, we were at boarding school. And my mother used to play all sorts of songs to kind of while away the anxiety of going back to school,” William shared.
Diana’s tactics made their way into important scenes both in The Crown as well as in Spencer, with songs with hidden messages.
“One of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner‘s The Best because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment”, revealed William. “And my mother, she’d be driving along, singing at the top of her voice. And we’d even get the policeman in the car, he’d be occasionally singing along, as well. You’d be singing and listening to the music right the way out into the gates of school when they dropped you off. And, and that’s when reality kind of sunk in that you really were going back to school because before that, you’re lost in songs. You’ll want to play it again just to keep that family moment going. And when I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother,” he says.
The Best was a hit in 1989.
When showing Diana’s habit in The Crown, she sang Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Queen.
And if you haven’t seen Spencer yet, a spoiler warning.
In the movie, Kristen Stewart portraits Diana’s fondness for pop songs, with a different tune.
Instead of Tina Turner or Queen, she picks Mike and the Mechanics. Yeah, remember them?
After a long, dark, heavenly strict Christmas weekend, in which she was only happy when she was with her sons, Diana “escapes” with Harry and William. The three together drive away singing All I Need Is a Miracle, a 1986 hit.
The song was chosen personally by the actress out of three options. Alas, we have no idea which was the other ones, but they were all selected by the director, Pablo Larraín, who gave Kristen a voice to decide which she preferred.
According to her, All I Need Is a Miracle, gave the right contrast for Spencer, as well as it felt like a “John Hughes movie ending”, full of hope.
Kristen recognizes that the fact that no miracle happened to the princess’ in real life makes her cry.
Had they picked The Best we all would have cried as well. Diana was, indeed, better than all the rest.
See here the scene in Spencer
And the real song she liked.