Charles & Diana:
A Royal Love Story
Rod Taylor played Edward Adeane, the longtime private secretary to Britain's
royal family, in this bio-pic tracing the courtship of Prince Charles and
Lady Diana Spencer. It culminates with their wedding in July 1981, giving
the tale a happy ending.
Caroline Bliss made a decent Diana, but David Robb was unconvincing as
Charles in this ABC TV movie that aired Sept. 17, 1982. Despite star billing,
Taylor has just three brief scenes, the best of which is an interaction
with Lady Di in which he shares some wisdom as her wedding day nears.
In a case of dueling royal romances, ABC's version beat CBS to the airwaves.
"The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana," which featured Catherine
Oxenberg as Diana, aired just three days later, on Sept. 20, 1982.