‘Always feared spectre of Diana’: King Charles scrambles to rein in The Crown fallout


Diana is still in King Charles’ mind as Netflix is about to release a new season portraying his break-up with the then-Princess of Wales, a royal commentator noted.

Ms Nicholl said: “And the spotlight is very much going to be on that.

“And one of the things that I was told by a former courtier who worked for the Prince of Wales as he then was for about 20 years was that Charles always feared that the spectre of Diana – and remember it’s been 25 years since her death – would always hang over his reign.”

Ms Nicholl said: “And I think those were legitimate concerns because her legacy continues. She has sort of been frozen in time.

Katie Nicholl and King Charles

Katie Nicholl says King Charles is haunted by Diana’s spectre (Image: GETTY TWITTER/@GBNEWS )

Katie Nicholl

Katie Nicholl says Diana’s death still hang over King Charles’ reign (Image: TWITTER/@GBNEWS)

“And we are going to be watching those very difficult years played out all over again.

“And for Charles, who obviously wants to leave the past behind, [he] doesn’t want that tabloid version of his past played out all over again.

“It’s happening right at the start of his reign. So, it is a problem.”

The royal correspondent also wondered if the King will put forward his own narrative on events. King Charles and Diana

Diana and Charles separated in 1992 and formally divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)

Camilla and King Charles

Charles married Camilla in 2005 after Diana’s death (Image: GETTY)

“It was always Diana, the hands-on mother who’d make sure she was there for the boys when they were growing up.

“Actually, Charles was there a lot, too.”

Reports emerged over the weekend suggesting Buckingham Palace is “concerned” about the portrayal of the new King in the latest series of the drama series.

King Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William

King Charles was close to his sons and hands-on, Ms Nicholl revealed (Image: GETTY)

After a decade-long marriage, Diana and Charles separated in 1992 and formally divorced in 1996 upon Queen Elizabeth’s request.

Though the couple was portrayed as a fairy tale romance, Charles and Diana grew apart and each pursued relationships outside of their marriage.

Diana tragically died in a car accident in Paris with her partner Dodi al-Fayed, while Charles went on to marry his long-time partner Camilla Parker Bowles, the now-Queen Consort.


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