The Crown to show breakdown of Charles and Diana in ‘unfair’ scenes

The Crown: Charles 'feared the spectre of Diana' says expert

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The new series of The Crown will show the breakdown of Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship – just as the nation rallies around the new monarch. The Netflix hit series will delve into their marriage in the early 1990s and is said to show the then Prince of Wales to be cold, deceitful and petty. 

The fifth series is set to hit screens next month and is likely to upset Prince William and Prince Harry as the pair relive their parent’s turbulent marriage.

A TV insider told The Sun: “This couldn’t have come at a more delicate time for the new King and his Queen Consort, particularly as they’re riding high in the minds of the public.

“There’s a sense that Netflix are muckraking over events that took place 30 to 40 years ago, but are still raw for those involved.

“The worst element for the royals is that millions of people around the world will view this series and view it less as a drama and more as a documentary.

“And attention on the Windsors couldn’t be higher as it’s been just a few weeks since Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and is in the run-up to the King’s coronation.”

Reports suggested the streaming giant had considered delaying the launch date of series five following the death of the Queen in September but decided to stick with the original date. 

The series will cover the years 1990 to 1997 with the sixth and final series currently being filmed ready to hit the platform next year.

Series five will see Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, divulging details of her rocky marriage.

She does so via tape recordings, which featured in the tell-all book on her life by Andrew Morton, Diana: Her True Story.

The author sent her a series of questions and the responses formed the basis of the biography, which shocked the nation when it was published in 1992.

The couple separated in the same year and they divorced in 1996. A year later, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris with her lover Dodi Al Fayed.

The Crown will be uncomfortable viewing for the whole Royal Family as it paints the late Queen in a cold light and sees Prince William and his brother Prince Harry as collateral between their warring parents Charles and Diana.

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King Charles will be seen pursuing his affair with Camilla as Princess Diana’s popularity amongst the general public grew.

TV presenter and royal biographer Andrew Marr previously said: “If they announced ‘This is drama, it’s fiction, it’s entertainment’, you would say it’s brilliant.

“But when you start to say, ‘This is the truth about these people’s lives’, it’s grossly unfair and really quite sadistic.

“It’s so convincingly acted that people may think it’s the truth — and it isn’t.”

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