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‘The Crown’: The Reality of Diana and Dodi’s “Engagement”

The ring didn’t imply a factor so far as Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) and Dodi (Khallid Abdallah) have been involved. On the third episode of season six of The Crown, titled “Dis-Moi-Oui,” Dodi Fayed will get down on one knee and pops the inquiries to a really pissed off Princess Diana, mere hours earlier than their deadly automotive accident. On a brand new episode of Nonetheless Watching, Vainness Honest Hollywood correspondent Julie Miller drops by the podcast to debate the alleged engagement, the controversy surrounding the ring, and the person whom many imagine was Diana’s one real love.

Miller, who’s been writing about The Crown for VF for the reason that collection started in 2016, launched into the controversy surrounding Dodi and Diana’s alleged engagement, which persevered lengthy after Diana and Dodi died in a deadly automotive accident on August 31, 1997.  Whereas Diana most likely wouldn’t have been shocked to obtain an engagement ring from Dodi, given his penchant for purchasing her costly presents, she definitely wasn’t trying to get married once more—and particularly to not him. 

“She kind of made an offhand remark to at least one pal that if she have been to get a hoop that might go firmly on her fourth finger on her proper hand, that means she wouldn’t be engaged,” stated Miller. “She wanted one other marriage like she wanted a rash within the face.”

As for the “Dis-Moi-Oui” ring itself, Miller identified that it was not as costly because the ring Dodi had purchased his pre-Diana fiancée, Kelly Fisher, main many to imagine that it wasn’t meant to be an engagement ring. “Dodi had given Kelly Fisher this $200,000 stunning diamond,” Miller stated. “Mohamed [Al-Fayed] was so targeted on aligning himself publicly with the royal household and he was very kind of garish in his shows of cash. The speculation is that if this was going to be Diana’s ring and photographed by each media outlet on the earth, he would by no means simply current her with this roughly $11,000 ring.” 

Nonetheless, after the couple’s tragic dying, Dodi’s father, Mohamed Al-Fayed (Salim Daw) maintained that the 2 have been engaged and have become a chief conspiracy theorist towards the royal household. “There was a lot controversy across the ring itself and whether or not or not Diana and Dodi have been engaged, which it looks like they weren’t. Mohamed Al-Fayed’s spokesperson claimed they have been,” stated Miller. She went on to clarify Al-Fayed’s model of occasions, which concerned Dodi and Diana selecting out the ring collectively. “Throughout the inquest it was discovered that Dodi spent seven minutes in a jewellery retailer in Paris, had deliberate to provide the ring in a while,” stated Miller. “I used to be that Peter Morgan kind of went with Mohamed Al-Fayed’s model of occasions by way of window buying, selecting out the engagement ring.”

When requested whether or not royals consultants imagine that Diana had an precise real love, Miller had one reply: cardiovascular surgeon Hasnat Khan. “He was the one paramour of hers that stayed loyal to her in the long run,” stated Miller. “He by no means spoke out about her, or gave any kind of interviews. He reportedly could not stand the highlight of being with Diana… however I wish to imagine that she had a real love.”

For extra on Diana, Dodi, and their alleged engagement, you’ll be able to take heed to the total breakdown of “Dis Moi Oui” under. And as at all times, ship questions and feedback and musings about The Crown season six half one to Nonetheless Watching at stillwatchingpod@gmail.com.