Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer criticizes The Crown for inaccurate portrayal of her wedding day

Princess Diana's wedding dress designer has some harsh words for The Crown's writers

Princess Diana's wedding dress designer has some harsh words for The Crown's writers/Des Willie/Netflix
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Princess Diana's wedding dress designer has condemned The Crown for its depiction of the iconic royal event, urging its production team to 'get their facts straight.' 


Princess Diana's wedding dress designer isn't happy with The Crown—and he's here to set the record straight. 

David Emanuel, who created Lady Diana's famous gown with his ex-wife Elizabeth, called out the hit Netflix series for its inaccurate portrayal of her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. 

The British fashion designer took issue with The Crown's narrative of Princess Diana as a reluctant bride, insisting that the young royal's pre-wedding nerves shown in the series were drastically exaggerated. 

"Let me tell you, she was not sobbing the night before," David revealed in a recent interview with the Guardian. "I spoke to Prince Charles, I spoke to the Queen, everybody was happy.”

David and Elizabeth were commissioned to design the dress shortly after the announcement of Prince Charles and Diana's engagement in February 1981, giving them just three months to complete the VIP project. Despite the media frenzy and tight deadline, Diana was always a pleasure to work with.  

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 06: Princess Diana With Dress Designer David Emanuel At Her Home In Kensington Palalace. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Princess Diana's wedding dress designer, David Emanuel, talks fashion with the royal icon at Kensington Palace  

(Image credit: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

"I’ve dealt with movie stars, actresses, divas, you name it, but this girl did not change from day one until the end," David recalled. "She was sweet as pie.”

The ivory silk taffeta dress, which is due to go on display at an exhibition at Kensington Palace this summer, is today worth a whopping £151,000 and remains one of the twentieth century's most iconic gowns. Its dramatic style fell out of fashion in the nineties and early noughties in favor of slimmer silhouettes, but is predicted to make a resurgence in the next decade. 

"They are all coming in now, they want the fairytale crinoline skirt. It’s coming back and it’s because of Diana,” said David. 

Often hailed as the resident expert on Princess Diana's wedding dress, the British fashionista was consulted by The Crown to help decide on the color of its replica wedding dress—a decision he didn't need to think too much about it.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: David Emanuel attends the launch party for the Fashion Rules exhibition, a collection of dresses worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace on July 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Princess Diana's wedding dress designer, David Emanuel, in 2013 

(Image credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

"They had all these swatches. I said ‘That one’ in two seconds flat," he said. "A very pale, soft, iridescent ivory. Not white, not cream, and certainly not clotted cream." 

With such attention given to the exact design of the dress, David is baffled by The Crown's deviation from reality. The Say Yes to the Dress host questioned the accuracy of Princess Diana's emotional scenes, having never personally witnessed the young bride's turmoil himself. 

"All the years that I looked after her, she never broke down – somewhere along the line if you’re truly unhappy, you might show things. That’s kind of what annoys me,” he said. 

“People write all of these stories and … I’m sorry. I blame the TV producers and directors—check your facts. I was there, so don’t give me all of this nonsense—I can’t have it.”

Emma Dooney
Emma Dooney

Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.