Prince Harry told to tear up £100m Netflix deal as Dianas pal quits The Crown over portrayal
Prince Harry has been told to "tear up" his £100 million Netflix deal by an expert over the portrayal of his mum Princess Diana in The Crown.
The upcoming series is believed to be covering Diana's controversial BBC Panorama chat with Martin Bashir in 1995 even though Prince William voiced his protests against the move.
Diana's friend Jemima Khan was asked to help the team re-create her final years on the show, but decided to quit after feeling her pal's story was not being “told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped”. She also asked for her credit to be cut from the final version.
Now, the Duke of Sussex, 37, who is reportedly banned from wearing his military uniform while handing awards to veterans, has been urged to speak out on the way his mother has been depicted on the streaming giant despite his multimillion pound deal with them.
Author of Harry: A Biography of a Prince, Angela Levin, told The Sun: “Harry has remained absolutely silent about Netflix. He should tear the deal up and make a stand for his mother.
"What’s more important? Money or defending his mum? It’s astonishing he can’t find his voice on this.”
The Crown isn't the only TV adaptation of Princess Diana's life within the Royal Family to come under fire recently as her biopic Spencer has also been criticised.
The film centres on one tumultuous weekend in Diana's life in 1991 when she and Prince Charles were plagued by rumours that their marriage was at breaking point while attempting to enjoy the Christmas festivities at the famous Sandringham Estate.
Magazine editor Ingrid Seward has criticised the portrayal of her close friend Diana, as she explained: "It hadn't been a good year for Charles and Diana at all, their marriage was breaking up pretty rapidly."
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Ingrid took further offence at the film Spencer depicting scenes of Diana battling bulimia and self-harm, saying that she wasn't "cutting herself" during that particular weekend.
"That Christmas, she was there with Fergie… she wasn't speaking to Charles, but she wasn't cutting herself at that stage. They've piled every bad thing into one weekend which is taking poetic licence a little far," she added to The Telegraph.
She added that Princess Diana would not have wanted to be viewed as someone pitted against the monarchy as it was "her sons' future so she would never try to destroy it".
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Ingrid explained that Diana "never saw herself as a victim" – instead, she viewed herself as a "single woman before the end of her marriage".
Another friend of Diana's, make-up artist Mary Greenwell, added that the current portrayals of Diana "are not the best way to understand her".
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