Netflix’s The Crown ignores William’s pleas to not exploit Diana’s Panorama interview

The Crown is reported to have ignored Prince William's pleas not to exploit Princess Diana's infamous Panorama interview and has instead recreated these scenes, and shown a young William reacting to it.

The Netflix drama will release its fifth season later this month, with two episodes said to be retelling the lead-up to the bombshell interview and the drama that unfolded in its aftermath.

This is despite Prince William's pleas that the interview should never be aired again.

In 2021, following the finding that BBC journalist Martin Bashir used deceitful methods to obtain the interview, Prince William said: "It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said.

"The interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

"It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.

"It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others."

However, The Sun reports that Netflix have ignored William's pleas and have condensed the hour long interview into a clip lasting four minutes, 23 seconds.

The upcoming series is said to show Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, referencing her “crowded” marriage to Charles – a reference to the now Queen Consort.

The streaming service will also show a young William watching the interview, and being asked by a teacher if he is alright.

Charles will reportedly also be shown yelling and swearing in response to the broadcast.

A spokeswoman for Netflix said: “Season five of The Crown will dramatise events surrounding the Panorama interview, given the pivotal part it played during the time period the series covers.

“It will reflect what we now know about how the interview was obtained and how Diana was treated.

“The interview is not recreated in full.”

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine and friend of the late Princess Diana, told the publication: "William will be furious. He said his piece when he said it should never be aired again. This is his mother and her memory they are doing this to.

"It must be very frustrating as he can’t say any more because it will just give Netflix more publicity.

"They should have listened to him. The interview has no credibility after the investigation. Everyone knows it has no legitimacy now."

This comes after the popular Netflix show sparked controversy due to its decision to recreate the last hours of Princess Diana's life for its sixth, and final season.

Former chef to the royal family Darren McGrady was among those criticising the streaming service, posting to Twitter he wrote: "I was there for Princess Diana’s funeral and was in The Queens private apartment helping her move personal belongings during the Windsor Castle fire. I’m not looking forward to the new season of The Crown."

A spokesperson for The Crown has previously said: "The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.

"Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians."


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