Prince William's opinions 'clear' on The Crown's depiction of 'pivotal' Princess Diana interview

The Crown Season 5 will reportedly explore 'parts' of Martin Bashir's infamous interview with Princess Diana for BBC Panorama in 1995

Prince William's opinions 'clear' on recreating Diana interview
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Palace sources have suggested Prince William is angry over The Crown's plans to depict Martin Bashir's 1995 interview with Princess Diana after the future King urged that the BBC program 'never be aired again'. 

Prince William's opinions on The Crown's recreation of Princess Diana's interview with Martin Bashir are 'clear' after the future King condemned the BBC for its treatment of his late mother, according to palace sources. 

The Netflix royal series has confirmed that it will depict 'parts of the interview' in its upcoming fifth season, as it explores the turbulent story behind the breakdown of the Prince and the Princess of Wales's relationship. 

In the 1995 special, Diana spoke candidly about her husband's long-term affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, explaining that she ultimately split from Charles because "there was three of us in the marriage." She also discussed the pressures of being inside the Royal Family and her subsequent mental health struggles, including her history of self-harm and bulimia, in the one-hour-long interview. 

A 2021 inquiry led by Lord Dyson into the Panorama program later found that Martin Bashir had used 'deceitful' tactics to persuade Diana to agree to the interview, showing fake documents to her brother, Earl Spencer, in an attempt to gain the family's trust. 


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Prince William publicly condemned the interview in May 2021, claiming that his mother was 'failed by a rogue reporter' and by 'leaders at the BBC'  before insisting that it 'never be aired again'. He also blamed the interview for fuelling Diana's 'fear, paranoia and isolation' and for worsening his parents' relationship. It's understood that the BBC sent a written letter of apology to the Royal Family, acknowledging the problematic circumstances of the interview. 

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In July 2022, it was reported that Netflix would explore the explosive TV event once again it the fifth season of its Emmy award-winning royal series. 

"Season 5 of The Crown will dramatise events surrounding the Panorama interview, given the pivotal part it played during the time period the new series covers," a source close to The Crown told the PA. "It will reflect what we now know about how the interview was obtained and how Diana was treated."

A source has now told the Telegraph that Prince William's feelings on the matter are "very clear" and that a fictional depiction of the interview would be "met in the way you would expect." 

Season 5 of The Crown will see Elizabeth Debicki replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, as the series moves on to explore the later chapters of the princess's iconic life. The first episode of the popular show will air on Netflix on November 9, 2022, after a two-year-long hiatus from the platform. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.