Princess Diana’s bombastic TV interview, a scandalous biography and affair revelations are just some of the major developments that could be covered in season five of The crown.
In season four, Emma Corrin saw the former Princess of Wales endure private grief during a lonely and isolated existence at Kensington Palace while then-Prince Charles was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Queen Consort.
Diana’s own infidelity was also addressed alongside her struggles with her mental health and bulimia.
The fifth season takes viewers to the 1990s when royal relations descended into open warfare not seen again until the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the royal family and its aftermath.
The era was then known in British media as the War of the Waleses, and the first shots were fired in a biography Princess Diana was secretly collaborating on.
Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief of majesty magazine, told news week: “I’m sure it’ll be Diana-weird because that’s what everyone wants to hear.
“I don’t think it will show Charles’ side of the story, but maybe it will. I rather doubt it. I think it will be harmful, not necessarily in the UK because people know it’s just a fictional version but not everyone realizes it’s a fiction.
“There’s a certain part of the world that has no idea it’s fiction not fact and I think that’s damaging, but I can’t believe they’re going to be particularly kind to Charles because so far they haven’t.” were,” Seward said.
The new season will air in November 2022, the same month as Charles’ birthday and just two months into his reign, at a time when he is preparing for the release of Prince Harry’s memoir.
“Diana: Her True Story”
Journalist Andrew Morton was the first to tell the world about Charles’s affair with Camilla in one of the most famous books ever written about the royal family. Diana: Her true story.
The princess taped her account of royal life, including her bulimia and several suicide attempts, and smuggled it out of the palace through a friend.
Morton wrote in an updated version of the book published after her death hearing her stunning story at a working class café.
In a foreword he wrote: “It was like being transported to a parallel universe as the princess spoke about her unhappiness, her sense of betrayal, her suicide attempts and two things I had never heard of before: bulimia nervosa, a eating disorder, and a woman named Camilla.
“I staggered out of the cafe and could hardly believe what I had heard. It was like being let into an underground club that was keeping a secret. A dangerous secret,” Morton wrote.
More recent versions also include transcripts of the Diana tapes themselves, with numerous allegations related to her mistreatment by Charles.
In just one paragraph, the princess described confronting Camilla about the affair at a party: “She said to me, ‘You have everything you ever wanted. You made all the men in the world fall in love with you and you “I have two beautiful children. What more do you want?” I didn’t believe her, so I said, ‘I want my husband.'”
Diana added: “It wasn’t a fight – calm, dead quiet – and I said to Camilla, ‘I’m sorry I’m in the way, I’m obviously in the way and it must be hell for both of you. But I know what’s going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot.”
Princess Diana’s Squidgygate scandal
The couple split after the book’s release, but that wasn’t to be the end of the drama as revelations about their marriage’s demise surfaced.
A recording of a telephone conversation between Princess Diana and a friend, James Gilbey, emerged in 1992 and captured the car dealer telling the king “I love you” and calling her “Squidgy”.
Diana told Gilbey he made her do “all the jellybags” and that Charles “makes my life a real, real torture.”
The call was recorded by “Radio Hams”, amateur radio enthusiasts, who stumbled upon the operator while scanning the airwaves.
The tape was passed on to a British newspaper The sunwhich caused a stir in the British media and served as a counterpoint to the narration in Morton’s book about Charles’ infidelity.
However, the conversation, which took place in 1989, several years before the tapes emerged, sparked theories of a covert attempt to frame the princess by British intelligence.
Ken Wharfe, a former police protection officer who guarded Diana, told her investigation years later that he believed Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) sent the recordings over the airwaves.
Charles and Camilla’s Tampongate Appeal
One of the more bizarre episodes in the War of the Waleses is known as “Tampongate” and refers to another recording of a private telephone conversation between Charles and Camilla.
The six-minute call was leaked to the media, and a transcript was released showing Charles proposed to be reincarnated as Tampax, a brand of tampons.
Charles said, “Oh god. I’ll just live in your pants or something. It would be a lot easier.”
Camilla replied: “What are you going to transform into, a pair of knickers? Oh, you’ll come back in a pair of knickers.”
Charles then said, “Or, God forbid, a tampax. Just my luck,” while Camilla added, “You’re a complete idiot! Oh what a wonderful idea.”
However, given the sensitivity of the content, the producers must seriously consider whether to include the saga in the season.
Josh O’Connor, 32, who played Charles in season four, narrated Sirius XM: “When they offered me the role, one of my first questions was — I say questions, I think it was pretty much a statement — ‘We don’t do a tampon call.'”
This season, Charles will be played by Dominic West, 52, and it remains to be seen if he will follow the same policy.
Charles cooperates with a biography
Charles has made his own royal history publicly available through conversations with biographer Jonathan Dimbleby for a book titled The Prince of Wales: A Biography.
However, the 620-page doorstop, which was released in 1994, was also uncomfortable to read elsewhere in the palace as it suggested Charles was being moved to tears by his father, Prince Philip.
Dimbleby wrote: “Indeed he did [Prince Philip] often seemed anxious not only to correct the prince, but even to mock him, so that he appeared foolish and speechless to friends and family alike.
“To her distress and embarrassment, the little boy was frequently brought to tears by the jokes he was subjected to, to which he could find no answer.
“On occasion even his closest friends found the Duke’s behavior inexplicably harsh,” Dimbleby wrote.
“He’s remembered after a fatherly rebuke over lunch, ‘crying eyes as a whole table full of people stayed there… And I was like, how could you do that?'”
Charles and Diana’s tit-for-tat TV interviews
Charles conducted a television interview with Dimbleby for the BBC in 1994, in which he implicitly admitted his affair with Camilla on camera.
Dimbleby asked Charles if he was loyal and honorable to Diana, and received the reply, “Yes… until it irretrievably broke down after we both tried.”
In 1995, Princess Diana followed with her own interview, again with the BBC but this time with investigative journalist Martin Bashir, who used falsified financial records to persuade her to go with him.
The princess told the BBC: “There were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded.”
However, Bashir’s tactics have made the interview controversial these days, and Prince William has urged broadcasters not to air it again.
In May 2021, William said in a statement: “In my view, the fraudulent manner in which the interview was obtained significantly influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contributor to souring my parents’ relationship and has since hurt countless others.
“It brings with it an indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her anxiety, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those last few years with her.”
“I firmly believe,” said William, “that this panorama Program has no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It has effectively established a false narrative that has been commercialized by the BBC and others for over a quarter century.
“This solid narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and everyone else who has written or intends to write about these events.”
The fifth season of The Crown will air November 9 on Netflix.
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