THE Crown’s portrayal of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is wrong and they were “genuinely happy” in the early years of their marriage, the Queen’s former press secretary has said.
Dickie Arbiter claimed the popular Netflix show should come with “a health warning at the beginning” due to the inaccuracies, speaking on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles were ‘genuinely happy’ and in love on their royal tour of Australia, Dickie Arbiter has saidCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Crown shows their 1981 trip to Australia, but things appear strained on the showCredit: Netflix 2020, Inc
Dickie said: “I remember going on tour just after they got married in 1981 and she was the first Princess of Wales in about 80 years, so it was a big deal.
“They couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Charles used to pat her bum regularly. There were times when he would even squeeze it, even in Australia.
“There was a relationship from the beginning. There was genuine love and happiness there.”
Charles and Diana wed in 1981 and were married for five yearsCredit: Popperfoto – Getty
The Crown portrays the Prince of Wales as cold throughout their relationship, but royal experts have denied this was the caseCredit: AP:Associated Press
The expert, who spent 12 years as the Queen‘s press secretary between 1988 and 2000, also described the “Balmoral test” as “claptrap” and criticised Olivia Coleman’s “po-faced and cold” portrayal of the monarch.
Series 4 of the show, which was released on November 15, has been widely criticised for how it relays Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
In The Crown, the pair continue their affair throughout and even sleep with each other the night before Charles and Diana’s wedding.
But in reality, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall had little to no contact during Charles’ five-year marriage to Diana.
Last night, a friend of Prince Charles called The Crown’s “sinister” portrayal of Royals “highly sophisticated propaganda”.
While the show’s royal advisor hit back at “obsessive” fans amid complaints over mistakes in season 4.