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Netflix’s The Crown is accused of misrepresenting well-known 1997 photoshoot that includes Charles, William and Harry to make it seem like riposte to Diana’s romance with Dodi Al-Fayed

Netflix’s The Crown is accused of misrepresenting well-known 1997 photoshoot that includes Charles, William and Harry to make it seem like riposte to Diana’s romance with Dodi Al-Fayed


A well-known photoshoot of Prince Charles and his two sons in 1997 is misrepresented in Netflix’s The Crown as a response to Princess Diana’s new romance, a Mail podcast has revealed.

Within the second episode of ‘The Crown: Truth or Fiction,’ Mail royal skilled Richard Kay disclosed that he was current on the photocall in Balmoral that’s portrayed within the hit sequence.

It befell about two weeks earlier than Princess Diana was killed in a automotive crash and noticed Prince William, then 15, and Prince Harry, 12, posing on the banks of the River Dee with their father.

The ultimate sequence of The Crown tries to current the photoshoot as a ploy by palace officers to answer not too long ago printed footage of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed kissing on a yacht.

The character within the present name a neighborhood photographer and he’s proven arriving to take the photographs in personal, which, in accordance with Kay, couldn’t have been farther from the reality.

‘We had been instructed three days, I feel, earlier than the photographs of Diana and Dodi had even been printed that the palace have been going to carry a photocall of Charles and his sons, who have been going to reach at Balmoral early,’ Kay instructed the podcast.

The original picture of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry at River Dee on August 12 at the Balmoral estate

The unique image of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry at River Dee on August 12 on the Balmoral property

The recreated photo depicted on season six of the Netflix series The Crown

The recreated photo depicted on season six of the Netflix series The Crown

The recreated picture depicted on season six of the Netflix sequence The Crown 

‘I feel in all there have been about 40 of us: digital camera crews, photographers and a handful of reporters,’ Kay added. 

The second episode of The Crown’s sixth sequence presents the photoshoot as a wet, windswept day, when truly, the Press and the Royals basked in sunshine.

Kay continued: ‘They carried out, I suppose that’s the easiest way to place it. Charles was very nice, wished us all an excellent day, the boys have been awkward, however they have been younger and didn’t like this type of factor.’

A palace official who organized the occasion was even requested on the time whether or not the photocall was a response to the Diana and Dodi footage, Kay recalled.

He stated: ‘She completely angrily denied it and identified that it had been organized earlier than the photographs had even emerged of Diana and Dodi so it was not a quid professional quo.’

Mail author Robert Hardman and the Mail on Sunday’s Royal Correspondent Natasha Livingstone additionally unpicked scenes from the episode displaying Diana elevating consciousness of the affect of landmines.

The Crown reveals the princess making a visit to Bosnia to satisfy with survivors of the lethal buried weapons, recreating her well-known stroll of a mined space.

Princess Diana in St. Tropez, France, on Mohamed Al Fayed's yacht in July 1997

Princess Diana in St. Tropez, France, on Mohamed Al Fayed's yacht in July 1997

Princess Diana in St. Tropez, France, on Mohamed Al Fayed’s yacht in July 1997

Princess Diana and Prince Harry on holiday in St. Tropez. Harry and William were vacationing with their mother before they joined their father in Balmoral

Princess Diana and Prince Harry on holiday in St. Tropez. Harry and William were vacationing with their mother before they joined their father in Balmoral

Princess Diana and Prince Harry on vacation in St. Tropez. Harry and William have been vacationing with their mom earlier than they joined their father in Balmoral 

Actually, Diana didn’t stroll by means of a minefield in Bosnia in any respect. As a substitute, the photographs which have grow to be immediately recognizable have been taken throughout a visit to Angola to advertise the very important work of the Halo Belief, in January 1997- months earlier than the scene in The Crown was set.

Hardman additionally revealed the ‘comedy press convention’ portrayed within the sequence that confirmed Diana being bombarded with questions on her private life by no means befell.

Within the present, she wore a badge that stated ‘ReliefAid,’ which is a charity primarily based in New Zealand that has nothing to do with landmines.

On the time, she was really elevating consciousness for the Landmine Survivors Community and wore a badge that stated ‘British Crimson Cross.’

Princess Diana was seen walking through a minefield in Angola (pictured) to promote the vital work of the Halo Trust

Princess Diana was seen walking through a minefield in Angola (pictured) to promote the vital work of the Halo Trust

Actress Elizabeth Debicki ,who plays Diana in season six of the royal drama, re-enacted the Princess' walk

Actress Elizabeth Debicki ,who plays Diana in season six of the royal drama, re-enacted the Princess' walk

Princess Diana was seen strolling by means of a minefield in Angola to advertise the very important work of the Halo Belief (left). Actress Elizabeth Debicki ,who performs Diana in season six of the royal drama, re-enacted the Princess’ stroll as she wore a distinct emblem badge (proper) 

Princess Diana in Angola. Insiders at the Halo Trust felt it was 'a shame' that Netflix bosses chose not to include them, as the series could have promoted the charity to The Crown's global audience of 73 million viewers

Princess Diana in Angola. Insiders at the Halo Trust felt it was 'a shame' that Netflix bosses chose not to include them, as the series could have promoted the charity to The Crown's global audience of 73 million viewers

Princess Diana in Angola. Insiders on the Halo Belief felt it was ‘a disgrace’ that Netflix bosses selected to not embody them, because the sequence may have promoted the charity to The Crown’s world viewers of 73 million viewers

Her Angola mission was to help one other anti-mine charity, The Halo Belief.

Insiders at The Halo Belief felt it was ‘a disgrace’ that Netflix bosses selected to not embody them, because the sequence may have promoted the charity to The Crown’s world viewers of 73 million viewers. 

Livingstone stated ReliefAid have been ‘completely baffled once I contacted them about this’ as that they had ‘by no means labored in Angola and don’t do mine clearance.’

She continued: ‘The Halo Belief stated they weren’t requested or consulted concerning the scene and would have been delighted if their emblem was featured within the present.

‘It’s one other alternative the place [The Crown has] faked issues, for causes which are unclear.’



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