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Prince William is reportedly ‘deeply upset’ with the upcoming season of ‘The Crown’


By Sarah Finnan
01st Nov 2021

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Prince William is reportedly ‘deeply upset’ with the upcoming season of ‘The Crown’

Seems like the royals aren't so thrilled with upcoming season of ‘The Crown’ – Prince William in particular, who is believed to be "deeply upset" with the show.

As a show all about the British royal family – the behind-the-scenes feuds, secrets and dramas – it was probably always to be expected that the series would ruffle a few feathers along the way. 

You can please some of the royals all of the time, you can please all of the royals some of the time, but you can’t please all of the royals all of the time. You know it, I know it, even the producers of the show know it. Which is why no one is all that surprised to hear that Prince William is less than impressed with the upcoming season. 

In fact, it’s believed that the Duke of Cambridge has been left feeling “deeply frustrated” by rumours that the fifth season will delve further into the infamous 1995 interview his mother gave to British journalist Martin Bashir. Not set to premiere until November of next year, the show is expected to dedicate an entire episode to the bombshell interview which saw the Princess of Wales admit that her marriage had been “a bit crowded”, what with three people being in it and all – her first public allusion to Prince Charles’ affair with his now-wife Camilla Parker Bowles. 

Always a topic of contention, the controversial interview was drawn into public discourse once again this year when The Dyson report – an independent inquiry into how the interview was first obtained by Martin Bashir – revealed that  he BBC “fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark”.

Both speaking publicly on the report’s findings back in May, Prince William condemned the interview for the “woeful incompetence” it displayed. Citing it as one of the contributing factors to the breakdown of his parent’s relationship, he later went on to say that the interview was also responsible for worsening his mother’s mental health at the time.

“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 parent’s relationship worse and has since hurt countless others. It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her”, he said in a statement.

“She was failed not just by a rogue reporter but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.

“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. This settled narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and anyone else who has written or intends to write about these events.”

Later adding that “public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important”, Prince William finished by saying that the BBC’s failings not only let his mother and his family down, but they also let the public down too.

Prince Harry went one step further than his brother, essentially blaming the interview for his mother’s death. “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life,” he said, telling Oprah Winfrey in another subsequent interview that his mother “lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed”. 

Back to The Crown and their alleged plans to dramatise the interview for the show. “To the writers, the stormy marriage between Charles and Diana led up to her outpouring on Panorama, and the aftermath of that decision defined her final months,” a source told The Sun last week. “They are making a huge investment in that. The Crown has a track record of delving into areas of the royal family’s history they’d rather be left alone.”

Already having publicly decried the interview for its illegitimacy, The Telegraph claims that Prince William is unimpressed that producers intend to further “commercialise” and perpetuate the “false narrative” of the original clip. That said, the BBC is not believed to have given permission for Netflix (nor The Crown) to use the content of the interview, over which it holds copyright. A spokesman for the network said it has had “no interaction” with the online streaming giant over it, and the series could face serious legal difficulties if they do intend on dramatising the interview for the sake of the show.