Princess Diana planned a special present for Prince Charles. However, it left him angered at her showing off, according to a new documentary.
The Princess of Wales famously loved classical ballet, alongside all other forms of dance.
‘Princess Diana: The Woman Inside’ reveals how Diana would often visit rehearsals of the London ballet companies. She and even took part in daily class with the English National Ballet in Kensington.
The 2017 Amazon Prime film also tells how she Princess was especially excited to share a special dance performance with Prince Charles as a Christmas present.
However, the Prince of Wales was displeased and rubbished Diana’s effort.
It took place in December 1985 at a private Christmas gala. It was for the supporters of the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
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Diana had worked in secret with top Royal Ballet star, Wayne Sleep. It was to choreograph the three-minute surprise performance and had picked the song ‘Uptown Girl’ by Billy Joel.
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Editor, Richard Kay said:-
“It was a present which slightly backfired. She did it as a tribute to Prince Charles. He wasn’t terribly impressed. However, he thought she was showing off”.
“In fact, it was incredibly courageous of her to go on stage at the home of English ballet at Covent Garden. She even did a routine with the great Wayne Sleep”.
Diana had managed to keep the performance a secret from Charles and the rest of the world.
Wayne Sleep remembered later how the whole audience gasped when she appeared on stage. In pictures of the performance, which was not filmed, Diana looks radiant in a long pale dress and heeled dance shoes.
Sleep spoke in 2017 documentary: “I said, ‘By the way, you’ve got to bow to the Royal box’. She said, ‘I’m not bowing to him! He’s my hubby'”.