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Catherine Oxenberg in ‘The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana’ (CBS, 1982) and ‘Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After’ (ABC, 1992)

A distant cousin of the British royal family, Catherine Oxenberg was a natural to play the Princess of Wales in CBS’s 1982 made-for-TV movie about Diana’s courtship and marriage to Prince Charles. But a decade later, Oxenberg took on a less happy role for an ABC movie as the royal couple’s fairy-tale marriage crumbled.

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Princess Diana: 10 TV portrayals and storylines about the People's Princess

Victoria Leigh Miller

It’s impossible to believe, but Aug. 31 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. The beloved People’s Princess captivated the world during her short lifetime, and two decades later, documentaries and specials commemorating the anniversary of her death dominate the small screen. And there’s more to come: Casting is underway for the perfect Princess Dianas for Netflix’s The Crown and Ryan Murphy’s Feud Season 2.

While there’s currently an influx of Diana-related TV material due to the anniversary of her death, Princess Diana portrayals are nothing new. Well before her death and in the years after, the popular princess made unwitting cameos on TV movies, late-night shows, and even animated comedies.

Click through this slideshow to see 10 past Princess Di references and portrayals on TV.