Kim Kardashian may have started watching Bridgerton a few months after the rest of us, but she’s arguably the show’s biggest fan. Her binge watch several weeks ago (complete with white wine and lots of live-posting) went viral. It’s no surprise, then, that Nicola Couglan (a.k.a. Penelope Featherington) took notice, and she just spilled some tea on Twitter that’s made Kardashian very happy: The Featheringtons were loosely inspired by the Kardashians.
“As the world’s number one @bridgerton Stan does Kim Kardashian know that the Kardashians were a massive inspiration for the Featheringtons and we talked about them all the time during our fittings? Because I feel like she should know this,” she tweeted, to which Kardashian replied, “WHAT?!?! I am freaking out!!!!!! This tweet was sent to me on my @bridgerton group chat! Can I please come to a fitting?!?! It would make my whole life!!!!!! I love you Lady W!!!”
Coughlan actually told Glamour this in December before tweeting it out. “Penelope is old-school Khloé,” she said. “Remember Khloé used to say, ‘I’m the redheaded stepchild, and I have to do everything for everyone.’ I think that’s Penelope. But then, you know, Khloé came back and is flying high.”
She continued, “Prudence and Philipa are terrible to her. And then Lady Portia Featherington is a true Kris Jenner—the ultimate ‘momager.’ She’s very ambitious for her girls.”
Bridgerton production designer Will Hughes-Jones said of the Featherington family and Bridgerton family dynamic, “I say it’s the Kennedys versus the Kardashians. The Featheringtons are new money, so there is a more brash, flashy element to them. Whereas the Bridgertons are a bit more old-money and therefore have the historic and polite qualities you’d find in a design piece.” Hughes-Jones says the Bridgerton color palette is muted, soft, pastel colors, whereas the Featheringtons are more acidic, with bright yellows, greens, and pinks.