A new BBC drama that features the death of the Queen and a ghostly apparition of Princess Diana will be ‘agonising’ for Prince William and Harry to watch, one of the show’s stars has claimed.
Speaking shortly before his death last month, Tim Pigott-Smith claimed that King Charles III would prove to be a difficult watch for the royal siblings – and singled out a scene in which their dead mother Diana, Princess of Wales appears.
The celebrated actor, who died at the age of 70, plays Princes Charles in the 90-minute adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play that imagines the first days of his ascension to the throne after the death of the Queen.
The plot follows a constitutional crisis that arises after the king refuses to sign a controversial press freedom bill – putting him at odds with Prince William.
In his final interview before his death, Tim Pigott Smith told The Times: ‘One area of the play I found incredibly painful to do was the ghost of Princess Diana. Just because that whole incident was so terrible.
‘I don’t think it is presumptuous of us to do it or wrong of us to do it.’
He added: ‘It would be terribly upsetting for any of them to watch. For Charles or William or Harry it would be agonising to watch. That upsets me. But I don’t think we’ve done anything unreasonable or cruel.’
The one-off drama will air this coming Wednesday – but The BBC has already been forced to defend it after facing fierce backlash.
In a statement, The BBC said: ‘The public know the difference between fact and fiction and King Charles III is a one-off BBC2 drama of the award-winning fictional play.’
King Charles III stars the late Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles, Peaky Blinders star Charlotte Riley as Kate Middleton, Richard Goulding as Prince Harry and Margot Leicester as Camilla.
Source: metro co uk
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