King Charles has been warned the depiction of the breakdown of his marriage with Princess Diana will hurt him far more than any fictional plotlines included in the latest series of Netflix’s The Crown.
He said: “Charles had a massive bounce after the Queen passed away and the country was in mourning.
“The public performed a U-turn and 30 points went to Charles. And now everybody’s much more positive about him.
“I think the anxiety will be this season drags him back down again. It’s not going to be the fiction that will drag him down, it’s the stuff about the disintegration of his marriage to Diana, and a lot of that is true.”
He noted the then-Prince of Wales had a recorded popularity rate of 81 percent in 1991, which later dropped by 40 percentile points following his separation from Diana the following year.
Buckingham Palace announced the then Prince and Princess of Wales would separate after years of clear tension between the pair.
The royal couple then engaged in a tit-for-tat war of words across the airwaves and through books in what would later be known as the War of the Waleses.
Prince Charles admitted to having an extramarital affair in a televised interview with his biographer Jonathan Dimbleby in 1994.
Princess Diana retaliated the following year with the infamous Panorama interview, which was broadcast on her husband’s 47th birthday.
The feud delivered a hammer blow to the overall popularity of the Royal Family and pushed the Queen to ultimately put her foot down and order Charles and Diana to divorce.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said in 2020: “This was the monarch taking over, not so much the mother or the mother-in-law, saying, ‘I insist on a divorce. I see this as ridiculous, it’s not going to work with being separated.’
“They had to divorce.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK