'Feud' sequel about Princess Diana and Prince Charles is no longer happening at FX

Princess Diana and Prince Charles' volatile relationship won't get the Feud treatment after all.

Last February, FX announced that the follow-up installment to the anthology series' first season, Feud: Bette and Joanwhich charted the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, would center on the royals. No cast members had been officially announced, though the network confirmed that they had the leads locked. The second season was intended to air this year.

"As far as I know, it's not active right now," FX CEO John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday of the status of Feud season two, which was to be titled Feud: Charles and Diana. "We did [have it cast] but we decided we didn't feel we had the material right and decided not to move forward with it."

9 secrets about Princess Diana no one knew about until after her death
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9 secrets about Princess Diana no one knew about until after her death

She recorded her thoughts on tape

Much of what we know about Princess Diana’s personal life is thanks to audiotapes she recorded herself. Once she recognized her marriage to Prince Charles was falling apart, she documented her side of the story on a tape recorder and gave the tapes to her close friend, Dr. James Colthurst. He, in turn, gave them to journalist Andrew Morton so her words could get out to the public. From those tapes, Morton published the biography DIANA: Her True Story—In Her Own Words in 1992. No one knew Diana had a hand in the book’s production until after her death. Here are some more surprising facts you probably didn't know about Princess Diana.


Her sister dated Prince Charles

There are definitely ways to improve your relationship with your sibling, but we’re not sure if sharing a boyfriend is one of them. Before Diana and Charles started going steady, he dated her sister, Sarah. She introduced the two when Diana was just 16 and takes credit for their falling in love, calling herself Cupid.


Her grandmother worked for the queen

As prominent a public figure as Queen Elizabeth is, there’s still a lot that the public doesn’t know about her. One of those more intriguing bits of trivia is that the Queen Mother was close friends with Princess Diana’s grandmother, Ruth Fermoy. She was one of Her Majesty’s ladies-in-waiting and later held the title Woman of the Bedchamber, which meant that she was the Queen’s right-hand woman and assisted with important social engagements. Here are some more facts (and scandals!) you never knew about Queen Elizabeth II.


She and her husband were related

The royal family tree can get pretty complicated, but don’t worry, there’s nothing incestuous about this marriage. Princess Di and Prince Charles were distantly related. Specifically, they were 16th cousins once removed, through King Henry VII.


She had a poor sex life

In her tape recordings, Princess Diana discussed her married life in great detail, even calling her wedding day “the worst day of her life.” Specifically, she talked at length about her lack of a sex life, saying that she and her husband had sex but it was “very odd.” By the time she made the recordings, their sex life had been going downhill for seven years. She went on to say, “There was no requirement for (sex) from his case. Sort of once every three weeks… and I kept thinking it followed a pattern. He used to see his lady (Camilla) once every three weeks before we got married.” Learn more about the real story of what happened between Charles and Diana.


She messed up her wedding vows

In hindsight, Princess Diana messing up her wedding vows may seem like a sign her marriage was bound to fail, but in reality, she just caught a case of wedding day jitters. During the vows, she called her husband “Philip Charles” instead of “Charles Philip,” mixing up his first and middle names. Here are some more little mistakes that happened on royal wedding days.


She ate in the kitchen

It was against royal family etiquette to eat in the kitchen with staffers and not in a dining room, but Princess Diana was no stranger to breaking protocol. Her personal chef, Darren McGrady, said she would just walk into the kitchen and eat at a countertop while he tidied up, which was unheard of coming from any royal. She would even make coffee for the two of them. Check out these stunning, rarely seen photos of the People's Princess.


She attempted suicide

One of the most troubling revelations from Princess Diana’s audiotapes was that she struggled with depression and even attempted to take her own life. She said in her recordings, “I was so depressed, and I was trying to cut my wrists with razor blades.” She also talked about having bulimia and that the eating disorder started after Prince Charles put his hand on her waist and said, “A bit chubby here, aren’t we?”


She was harassed by the paparazzi

With three new documentaries about Princess Diana set to premiere, Prince William and Prince Harry are opening up about their memories of their mother. Some are uplifting, like how she involved them in her charitable work. But their recollections of Diana dealing with the paparazzi are disturbing. As Prince William says in the ITV and HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy: “If you are the Princess of Wales and you’re a mother, I don’t believe being chased by 30 guys on motorbikes who block your path, who spit at you to get a reaction from you and make a woman cry in public to get a photograph, is appropriate. Harry and I, we had to live through that.” Here's how Prince Harry and Prince William are keeping their mother's memory alive twenty years after her death.



According to THR, Matthew Goode and Rosamund Pike were rumored to star as Prince Charles and Princess Diana, respectively.

Charles, Prince of Wales, first met Diana Spencer in November 1977, and after courting her for several years, the two got engaged in February 1981. That July, Diana, who was 20 at the time, married Charles at St Paul's Cathedral. The wedding was televised and had a whopping 750 million viewers, while 600,000 people lined the streets. The couple went on to have two sons, Prince William, in 1982, and Prince Harry in 1984.

In August 1996, Charles and Diana divorced after years of tabloid speculation surrounding their marriage and the prince's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles. The following year, Diana was killed in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. She was 36. Prince Charles married Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005.

Feud co-creator Ryan Murphy told reporters in January 2017 that he intended to move away from Hollywood rivalries after Feud: Bette and Joan. 

"I would never do another Hollywood woman versus woman story, although people really want the Taylor Swift-Katy Perry feud," Murphy said at the time. "I get a lot of requests to please do Taylor and Katy, but I’m not going to."

"If we're going to do feuds, we can't just do Hollywood stories," he added. "I think we can do something from the 16th century. I think the scope of the show can go back in time and in history and it doesn't have to be modern."

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