Former royal butler Paul Burrell has delivered his verdict on The Crown season 4, branding it a ‘fair and accurate dramatisation’ of the royal family’s treatment of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Burrell, Diana’s butler and one of her closest confidantes, said the new series showed ‘the truth in many ways’ and suggested the royal family would prefer if the tale had remained untold.
‘I think it’s the best series yet,’ he said as he joined Lorraine. ‘It is spectacular. There are stellar performances form Emma Corrin as the young Diana and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles.
‘But of course I think the show is stolen by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.’
He continued: ‘This is just a peek behind the doors of Buckingham Palace, that perhaps the palace don’t want you to see because this is the truth in many ways. It’s a fair and accurate dramatisation of what happened.’
Mr Burrell also recalled meeting Diana for the first time at Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home of the royal family.
Describing Corrin’s portrayal of the princess, he said: ‘I watch it from profile and I think it is her. I think she has got it exactly. Her mannerisms and the way she talks.
‘I am feeling it again. I am feeling her personality being dismantled behind the scenes by these people who don’t really care. They are all gods in their own kingdoms and they are just looking after themselves.
‘They didn’t take care of her. They didn’t give her praise. She only got negativity. She became a victim because of the way she was treated.’
Season four of The Crown documents the romance between Charles and Diana, including their first meeting when she was still at school, the engagement interview when he uttered the famous line ‘whatever in love means’, and their blockbuster wedding.
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.
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