Princess Diana’s Former Butler Says Prince Harry Should Pressure Netflix Not to ‘Exploit’ His Mother in ‘The Crown’

Prince Harry should be doing whatever he can to stop The Crown from including Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama interview. That is, according to the late Princess of Wales’s former butler Paul Burrell. 

‘The Crown’ will reportedly have an entire episode about Diana’s ‘Panorama’ interview

Princess Diana speaks to Martin Bashir for BBC's 'Panorama'
Princess Diana and Martin Bashir | © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

The Crown Season 5 is on its way. Meanwhile, as production on the latest installment gets underway, details around storylines are slowly beginning to emerge. Among them is supposedly Diana’s BBC Panorama interview. 

According to Variety, the next season of The Crown starring Elizabeth Debicki as Diana may include the 1995 interview. An entire episode of The Crown Season 5 will supposedly cover the conversation Diana had with journalist Martin Bashir. In it, the late Princess of Wales discussed her marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and more. 

The U.K. tabloid The Sun claims Netflix has already spent millions of dollars on the episode alone. In addition, an “insider” said the show’s writers feel the interview “defined” Diana’s final months. The “insider” also added The Crown typically highlights the royal family’s less-than-shining moments.

Diana’s former butler says Harry should urge Netflix not to ‘exploit’ Diana

Princess Diana and Prince Harry smile in side-by-side images.
(L-R) Princess Diana and Prince Harry | Jayne Fincher/Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Burrell feels Diana’s sons should be working hard to stop Netflix from featuring her Panorama interview on The Crown. “Harry should be putting pressure on Netflix and The Crown not to do the episode and not to exploit Diana,” he told Closer U.K. in November 2021. “It covers a really dark time in her life and is disrespectful to William.” 

Burrell, who worked as Diana’s butler for years, continued, saying the Duke of Sussex should be working together with his 39-year-old brother on it.

“Harry should be supporting his brother, but he won’t,” Burrell said. “It seems money is more important to them,” he added, referring to the multi-million dollar deal Harry and Meghan Markle inked with Netflix in 2020.

Prince William doesn’t want Diana’s ‘Panorama’ interview aired ever again

A report issued in May 2021 determined BBC, the network behind Panorama, knew Bashir “deceived” Diana to secure the interview. Following its release, William made a strongly-worded statement. In a video message, he referenced the interview that supposedly left him in tears when it debuted. In addition to saying the interview should “never be aired again,” William said it “contributed significantly” to his mother’s mental state. Furthermore, he noted it had played into her feelings of “fear, paranoia, and isolation.” At the time of the interview, Diana had been, according to a royal biographer, set on restoring her reputation to ensure William and Harry weren’t taken from her. 

The Crown Season 5 will premiere in 2022. This means fans have a long way to go until they find out if Diana’s Panorama interview is included or not.

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