Princess Diana's Brother Says He's Concerned People Treat 'The Crown' 'Like a History Lesson'
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The fourth season of The Crown, which is now streamed on Netflix, might as well be referred to as the "Diana Season". After all, we find ourselves in the part of royal family history that features Diana Spencer's marriage to Prince Charles, which means we're about to experience a healthy dose of incredible, indelible fashion and loads of drama.
This season of the Netflix show is the most compelling to date in my opinion, but there's one thing to keep in mind as you play it: it's a show.
Per Us Weekly, on the Nov. 22nd episode of Love Your Weekend starring Alan Titchmarsh, Princess Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer tells the host that he wasn't exactly happy with viewers' tendencies to believe that everything in The Crown was accurate presented as it happened in real life.
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"The concern for me is that people see a program like this and forget that it is fiction," he reportedly said. "You suppose - foreigners especially, I think Americans tell me they saw The Crown like they had a history lesson. Well, they didn't." He continued, "It's very difficult, there are a lot of conjectures and a lot of inventions, isn't it? You can hold it to facts, but the parts in between are not facts."
Spencer also shared that The Crown producers reached out to him to ask if they could film the family estate, Althorp, where Diana and Charles originally met.
"Actually, The Crown asked if they could film in Althorp and I said 'Obviously not'."
In the past, Spencer has been open about the tension he had with the royal family following his sister's death in 1997. In 2017, on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, he said he thought it was "a bizarre and cruel thing" for Prince Charles and Prince Harry to walk behind their mother's coffin during the televised funeral procession.
"I was lied to and said [William and Harry] wanted to do it, which of course they didn't," he told the BBC's Radio 4 program. "It was by far the worst part of the day when I walked behind my sister's body with two boys who were obviously deeply mourning their mother. It was kind of a bizarre circumstance where we were told to just look straight ahead. But the feeling, the kind of absolute tidal wave of sadness that comes your way as you walked down that tunnel of deep emotions, was really upsetting, and I still have nightmares about it. "
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