Princess Diana's depiction in "The Crown" Season 5 has become controversial. Many royal experts question the show's representation of King Charles III's former wife, with her former butler, Paul Burrell, explaining the reason behind her decision to leave her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, to the royal family.
Burrell had a talk with the "GB News" host Dan Wootton, who said "The Crown" Season 5's portrayal of Princess Diana's relationship with Prince William and Prince Harry was "nasty and negative." From there, Burrell stressed that there was no truth in this interpretation.
The former royal servant claimed the two boys were the "most important people" in the late People Princess' life. After working for the latter for a decade, he pointed out that the hit Netflix series seemed to show that the former Princess of Wales made it look like she let her eldest take side in the marriage battle with their father as if the new Duke of Cornwall wasn't supportive of his mom.
He continued that he "adored" her sons, but she had to give them up "unselfishly" to the royal family, telling him they belonged to the Firm so that they could "learn the ropes" of their future roles as part of the monarchy. She knew they needed to be with their grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, their cousins, and everyone else.
Princess Diana was already contented to have Prince William and Prince Harry for two weeks a year to take them on holiday in the summer. "That's how unselfish she was," Burrell said.
Burrell added that she had a "great relationship" with her boys. So, she saw "The Crown" Season 5's portrayal of Princess Diana's character as "cruel."
Hence, Cosmopolitan wrote that Elizabeth Debick's interpretation of the iconic princess was "messy" after showing her "imperfect and wounded," though it was also "savvy" and emotionally intelligent, verging on manipulative.
The series showed that Princess Diana was neither the villain nor the victim of the story. But it was at least "close to the truth" of what made her a figure loved by many.
Princess Diana has always been a cult figure, even after 25 years following her demise. From her legendary taste in fashion to the causes she willingly supported, she changed how people see these things. In addition, her revelations about living with the royal family and her mental health issues echoed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's sentiments.