In her life, Princess Diana was a powerful campaigner on issues around homelessness and a strong supporter of The Big Issue. She regularly bought the magazine from Chelsea vendor Frank McGucken. That relationship is set to be celebrated in the final series of Netflix hit The Crown.
In new photos from the set, actors Elizabeth Debicki and Rufus Kampa, who play Princess Diana and the young Prince William, have been spotted filming scenes in which they’re selling the magazine at Canary Wharf in London. The storyline echoes Prince William’s real-life experience last year, selling The Big Issue in London with vendor Dave Martin.
The storyline is expected to highlight Princess Diana’s commitment to raising awareness of homelessness and supporting charities and organisations that helped people experiencing homelessness. It’s an awareness and compassion she passed on to her children.
Diana was a patron of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. Prince William has continued her legacy in a similar role as a patron of the charity since 2005. In 2009 he spent a night sleeping on the street in London to raise awareness about the charity and its mission.
The new storyline in The Crown appears to be a creative blend of two recent Big Issue stories. Late last year, our vendor Frank McGucken recalled how Princess Diana would buy the magazine from him in Kensington.
“Lady Diana used to come to me, privately, on her own, and buy the paper,” he said. “I used to see her on a regular basis in Beauchamp Place when she was on her way to the gym in Chelsea Harbour. She had it all. But she had respect for homeless people. She used to give me a beautiful smile.”