What You Need To Know About The New Princess Diana-Themed Tea

It is no secret that the British love their tea – a love that might have crossed the line into tea obsession (according to the BBC). Another known fact? The British love their royals. But no one in the entire Royal British Family has garnered more love than Diana, Princess of Wales. Time does a deep dive into the People's Princess and really gets to the nitty-gritty about why she was such an incredibly popular royal and a global celebrity, something they cite Netflix's hit show, The Crown, doesn't fully capture. Despite this, The Crown's portrayal of Diana brought her back to the forefront, reigniting people's fascination with her and their desire to be like her. 

Cue The Republic of Tea and their new Princess Diana-inspired tea. In a release, The Republic of Tea announced that they would be debuting their latest addition to their The Crown Tea Collection. The Princess' Peach Bellini Tea is an ode to the Princess of Wales as it reportedly pulls inspiration from her favorite cocktail, Delish reports. The tea is said to have a base of black tea that was "blended with a delectable combination of lush natural peach, apricot, organic monk fruit, vanilla cream, and the essence of champagne." The tea tin features an image of The Crown's Emma Corrin as Diana donning her wedding dress. Luckily, this tea won't cost you a king's ransom. For $13.50, you can have 36 teabags fit for a People's Princess. 

Tea is the most consumed beverage in Britain

The marriage between the people's drink and the People's Princess wouldn't be possible without a different princess who married a different Charles. The Spruce Eats reports that while tea is seen as the national drink for both the British and the Irish due to the frequency with which it is consumed, it wasn't always treated as a staple of people's days. Tea was reportedly first brought over in the early part of the 17th century by the East India Company. This was not a cheap endeavor and quickly became something that only the wealthy could drink. It was Catherine of Braganza, the wife of Charles II, who made afternoon tea a thing among the English Royal Court. 

Before the Portuguese Queen Consort popularized tea drinking, tea was perceived as medicinal (via Britain and Britishness). Because of her influence, tea rooms began to pop up everywhere and quickly became a gathering place for women, something that assisted with the British suffragette movement as women could strategize safely while having a cup of tea. Fast-forward to now, and it is almost impossible to imagine a British person without a cup of tea in their hand, as loving tea is seen as the most British thing to do – that and loving Princess Diana.