Netflix drama The Crown to include Princess Diana’s 1995 interview with Martin Bashir… months after Prince William slammed controversial BBC broadcast
- The hugely popular show will devote an entire hour long episode to Diana’s face-to-face meeting with Bashir at Kensington Palace
- The decision comes after William slammed the BBC interview, claiming her frank admissions about Palace life had triggered a “false narrative”
- Bashir has been accused of spinning a web of deceit to land his 1995 interview with Diana, including falsifying bank statements
- Diana’s brother Earl Spencer revealed shocking claims that Bashir peddled an extraordinary parade of lies to land his historic scoop
The hugely popular show will devote an entire hour long episode to Diana’s face-to-face meeting with Bashir at Kensington Palace, during which she discussed her failed marriage to Prince Charles.
The decision comes after William slammed the BBC Panorama interview earlier this year, claiming her frank admissions about Palace life had triggered a “false narrative” regarding his late mother.
Crucial storyline: Netflix drama The Crown will dramatise Princess Diana’s controversial 1995 interview with Martin Bashir, despite Prince William’s request for it to be taken off-air
A source told The Sun: ‘The Crown’s creators see the interview as the keystone moment in series five. To the writers, the stormy marriage between Charles and Di led up to her outpouring on Panorama, and the aftermath of that decision defined her final months.
‘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.’
Bashir has been accused of spinning a web of deceit to land his 1995 interview with Diana, including falsifying bank statements in order to gain access to the Royal.
Popular: Actress Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in series four of The Crown. She will be replaced by Elizabeth Debicki in the coming series five
Diana’s brother Earl Spencer revealed shocking claims that Bashir peddled an extraordinary parade of lies to him and the princess to land his historic scoop.
The BBC has already apologised for Bashir faking bank statements, which he allegedly used to gain the earl’s trust and clinch an introduction to Diana.
Speaking earlier this year, William it out at Bashir and the BBC for their actions Thisin securing the interview.
He said: ‘The 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.’
The late Princess was portrayed by English actress Emma Corrin for the The Crown’s fourth series. She will be replaced by Australian star Elizabeth Debicki for series five, which is expected to document the final years of her life.
Confirming her appointment in an official statement, Debicki said: ‘Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many.
‘It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.’