Royal shock: Princess Diana was living in unusual London property before marrying Charles

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PRINCESS DIANA once lived with friends in a flat in London before entering the glitz and glamour of the Royal Family, it has emerged.

The relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles will become the focus of attention in the much anticipated next series of the Netflix drama The Crown. The late Diana will be played by actress Emma Corrin who has revealed the Princess of Wales used to live in a flatshare in Earls Court when she first met Prince Charles.

Ahead of the upcoming series, Ms Corrin revealed she held talks with Diana’s former Private Secretary Patrick Jephson, and was given an insight into her life working as a nursery school assistant while living in west London.

On her conversation with Mr Jephson, who was employed by Diana from 1988 to 1996, Ms Corrin revealed how happy the “People’s Princess” was living a relatively normal life at the start of her relationship with the heir to the throne.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: “I got a sense of her joy from him.

“He said she was so naturally happy.

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Princess Diana used to live with friends in a London flat, it has emerged (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles are at the centre of the latest series of The Crown (Image: GETTY)

“When she joined the royal family, she had come from living with flatmates in Earls Court and she was a very normal girl.

“Patrick said she was still full of that girlish silliness, very down to earth.”

Series four of the Crown will be set in the late 1970s and will closely follow Diana’s relationship with the Prince of Wales, played by Josh O’Connor.

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Josh O’Connor as Charles and Emma Corrin as Diana in the fourth series (Image: Netflix )

The award-winning drama, which is expected to cost a whopping £100million, will span from 1979 to 1990.

The show will also feature a number of major events, including the Falklands War and the Margaret Thatcher years inside 10 Downing Street.

Diana and Charles got married at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981, and a picture of one of most watched events of the 20th century has already been released by producers.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1981 (Image: GETTY)

An image of Ms Corrin wearing a new version of Diana’s iconic wedding dress has been shared and is based on the original which featured a 25ft train designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

A post of The Crown’s Twiter account said: “A first glimpse of Princess Diana’s wedding dress.

“Emmy award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts wanted to capture the same spirit and style of David & Elizabeth Emanuel’s original design, without creating a replica for Emma Corrin.”

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The line of succession to the British throne (Image: EXPRESS)

The fourth series also stars Olivia Colman as the Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, Erin Doherty plays Princess Anne and Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother.

The fourth series of The Crown will stream on Netflix from November 15.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK