Princess Diana's Brother Wants Viewers to Know 'The Crown' Is Fictional

Amy Mackelden
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Princess Diana's Brother Wants Viewers to Know 'The Crown' Is Fictional
Princess Diana's Brother Wants Viewers to Know 'The Crown' Is Fictional

From Harper's BAZAAR

Princess Diana's brother has some thoughts on The Crown's portrayal of his sister.

According to People, during an appearance on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer said, "You can hang it on fact, but the bits in between are not fact." He also said that Season 4 of the show, which famously features the story of his sister joining the royal family, is filled with "a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention."

Spencer was asked by the host whether he felt any unease watching the recreation of his sister's story on the Netflix series. "There is a bit. Actually, The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp [the Spencer family's ancestral home], and I said obviously not. The worry for me is that people see a program like that and they forget that it is fiction," he said. "They assume, especially foreigners, I find Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven't."

Photo credit: Hulton Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: Hulton Archive - Getty Images

Diana's brother also revealed that he's speaking out about the inaccuracies and fictional elements of The Crown because he "very passionately" wants to "honor [Diana's] memory."

He explained, "I feel it is my duty to stand up for her when I can ... She left me, for instance, as guardian of her sons, so I feel there was a trust passed on. And we grew up together. If you grow up with somebody they are still that person—it doesn’t matter what happens to them later."

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