Princess Diana and 'Bridgerton' have a hidden connection

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It's no secret that Bridgerton, the Shonda Rhimes Netflix series, is a hit among royal-watchers. And, it turns out that the show has more than one link to the real-life British royal family. Of course, there's the character of Queen Charlotte, and then, last year, Bridgerton's creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen revealed that Bridgerton House, the home of season one heroine Daphne and her family, was inspired by Althorp House, the Spencer family's ancestral home.

Althorp House is the home of the Earl of Spencer, once Princess Diana's father and now, her brother, Earl Charles Spencer. The former Lady Diana Spencer lived in the home starting when she was 13 and her father inherited the estate from her grandfather. While he was developing Bridgerton, Van Dusen visited and gathered his inspiration. The estate is open to the public in the summer.

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Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

"The interior of Bridgerton House was inspired by my visit to Althorp when I was developing the show. Elegance. Opulence. And that #staircase," Van Dusen tweeted.

Charles Spencer, Diana's brother and the current Althorp resident, recently saw Van Dusen's tweet and responded, honored by the reference.

"Just seen this, below - such a compliment to those of my family who went before me, making @AlthorpHouse what it still is today," Charles wrote.

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

Charles is the ninth Earl Spencer and inherited the home in 1992, when his and Diana's father passed away. The property includes 90 rooms and 550 acres and has been in the Spencer family for over 500 years.

Viewers will be able to return to the Althorp-inspired estate next year, when Bridgerton returns to Netflix for its second season. Season two focuses less on Daphne and more on another member of the Bridgerton family, Anthony, Daphne's older brother and his "quest to find a Viscountess."

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