The surprising connection Bridgerton has to Princess Diana

Bridgerton has been one of the biggest hit shows of 2021 so far, and it helped us get through lockdown a treat. Whether viewers watched for the riveting plot lines, beautiful interiors and costumes or simply the Duke himself, series one was a hit.

Watching the hit TV show might make us feel totally regal, but it turns out Bridgerton does actually have royal ties – to Princess Diana! A few days after the show first aired in December 2020, creator Chris Van Dusen took to Twitter to reveal that the Bridgerton family house was ‘inspired’ by a visit to the Spencer family home, Althorp House.

Recently, Charles Spencer (Diana’s brother), who is custodian of the estate, tweeted his appreciation of Chris’ comments. ‘Just seen this, below – such a compliment to those of my family who went before me, making @AlthorpHouse what it still is today. #bridgerton,’ he wrote.

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But what can we expect from Bridgerton season 2? Here’s what we know so far…

Bridgerton Season 2 Teaser Trailer

We’ve been given a sneak peek at the main relationship of Bridgerton Series 2 – that of Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) and lead heroine Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). It shows the pair sparring in a garden after Anthony has been proclaiming his ‘many requirements for a wife for the whole party to hear’.

Kate tells the Viscount that ‘your opinion of yourself is entirely too high’ and ‘Your character is as insufficient as your horsemanship.’ Ouch.

The second Bridgerton series is based on Julia Quinn’s second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and centres on the oldest of the Bridgerton clan.

‘I can tell you I just got into the editing bay on the first couple episodes in the second season, and I don’t think people are going to be ready,’ Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen told E!. ‘I think, honestly, it’s everything I think audiences loved so much about the first season, but just more. I think we’re going to be back with an even greater escape to 19th century Regency London.’

‘You cannot take your eyes off of them when they’re together on screen. I can’t wait for audiences to see that, or really, to feel that. I’m really excited.’

When will Bridgerton season 2 be released? 

The second series was announced in true Bridgerton style, by none other than Lady Whistledown herself. ‘The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honour to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion,’ she told us.

Speaking on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show in June, Phoebe Dynevor (aka Daphne), confirmed filming has started on Bridgerton season 2.

‘I’ve had three days on set. It’s so nice to be back. It’s such a nice feeling. Oh, it’s the best,’ she said.

‘I cried like seven times when I came back… So much had happened, you know, since the first season. Obviously Covid and the show coming out and just seeing everyone again – I mean, half their faces, for the most part,’ Phoebe continued, referring to people’s faces being covered by face masks.

We don’t have an exact release date yet, but the first teaser trailer revealed that the show will return in 2022.

We’ve also been treated to the news that Bridgerton has already been confirmed for a season 3 and 4 too, so we’ve plenty of scandal, gossip and drama to look forward to.

Who will star in Bridgerton season 2?

The latest star to be announced as a new member of the cast is Sex Education actress Simone Ashley. Simone will take on the lead role of Kate Sharma, who is new to the Bridgerton stories and arrives in book two. 

Jonathan Bailey will also be back, as he plays Anthony Bridgerton. Anthony is at the centre of the second story, meaning he will take even more of a prominent role this time around.

As far as who else we can expect to see again, we can look forward to seeing Phoebe Dynevor back on our screens as Daphne, however Regé-Jean Page has confirmed he will not be returning to the show. He told Variety that his one-season appearance was always planned: ‘It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end,’ he explained, before continuing: ‘[I thought] “That’s interesting,” because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.’

Naturally, fans have reacted strongly to this news, much to the surprise of executive producer Shonda Rhimes. ‘I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I’ve killed off somebody that’s been around for a while. Like, we didn’t kill him, he’s still alive!’ she told Vanity Fair.

‘[Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job—every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance. I don’t know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the Bridgerton series] is a different romance… We gave them their happily ever after! And now we have this next couple coming.’

However, in an interview with British GQ, Regé teased that he could potentially make a cameo in season 2. When asked about the possibility of a guest appearance, he replied: ‘You know I couldn’t tell you!… Isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?’

No, Regé. We need to know!

What we do know is that we can expect a return of Julie Andrews as our narrator Lady Whistledown, as well as hopefully other favourites such as Nicola Coughlan and Golda Rosheuvel.

Nicola Coughlan, aka Penelope Featherington, aka Lady Whistledown, was talking about the upcoming season of Bridgerton in an interview with ET on 15 September, and revealed her character is going to be even more exciting this time.

‘It’s got a whole lot spicier I will say,’ Nicola said. ‘I feel like the Bridgerton world has grown and you’re going to see a lot more sides to her. She’s a sassy chick.’

Then, speaking at a Netflix event, Nicola said: ‘How do I say this without being a spoiler? It’s very satisfying, what happens with Penelope, in season two.’

What will the storyline of Bridgerton season 2 be about? 

As mentioned, it is thought that the second series will follow the second book in terms of plot. Eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton will therefore be at the centre of the show, as well as new lead heroine Kate Sheffield and her sister Edwina. 

Lady Whistledown confirmed in her announcement speech that, ‘this author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.’

In The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony Bridgerton embarks upon a romance with Kate, despite being promised to marry Edwina. Sounds like a pretty explosive plot line to us! 

It’s also been suggested that we will see more of Daphne as she meddles in her brother’s love life as he did hers, and we also need to discover what happened to the Featheringtons after the death of Ben Miller’s character. Here’s hoping best friends Penelope and Eloise will be back too for more brilliant one-liners!

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