A Royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles was ‘really faithful’ to Princess Diana, disputing Netflix show The Crown’s depiction of him cheating on his wife.
It’s clear that the marriage between the Royals, which lasted for 15 years, had major ups and downs, with claims that the Prince had cheated on his wife with Camilla Parker Bowles (now Duchess Of Cornwall), emerging.
When asked if he had been ‘faithful and honourable’ in his marriage, Prince Charles said: ‘Yes, absolutely. Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.’
However, the Netflix show depicts the Prince (played by Josh O’Connor) having an ongoing affair with Camilla (Emerald Fennell), even in the early years of his marriage to Diana (Emma Corrin).
Royal editor Russell Myers told Loraine Kelly on her show: ‘Lots of historians, people who are much more wise than me, are saying this actually did not happen. Charles was actually really faithful to Diana.
‘He got married, he didn’t have any contact [with Camilla] for quite a long period of time.
‘We know that later on he did admit to re-hashing his affair with Camilla but at the time it is portrayed in The Crown, I’m afraid this is false,’ he continued.
Russell also said that the portrayal of the Queen’s relationship with Margaret Thatcher was ‘true and false’ as he said the monarch ‘really respected’ the Prime Minister, although ‘they may not have seen eye to eye all the time.’
The pair also chatted about the ‘Balmoral test’, which the Netflix show dedicated an episode to.
It showed Diana winning over the Royal family as they enjoyed a weekend away in Scotland.
‘I think this is probably true,’ Russell explained, pointing out that many families have a ‘test’ of sorts when someone meets the in-laws.
After series four of The Crown landed on Netflix this month, viewers have been attempting to separate the fact from fiction.
The opening episode featured the assassination of Lord Mountbatten as well as an imagined interaction between Mountbatten and Charles. In the scene we see Lord Mountbatten admonish a younger Charles for his pursuit of Camilla, who at the time was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.
After Charles accuses Lord Mountbatten of being a traitor, the elder writes a letter warning the future king he is in danger of bringing ‘ruin and disappointment’ to the family. On the programme, the prince only reads the note after the IRA assassinated Lord Mountbatten in August 1979.
Speaking on the show’s official podcast, creator Peter Morgan said: ‘I made up in my head, whether it’s right or wrong, what we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, “Look, you know, enough already with playing the field, it’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir”.
‘It’s easy now to look back and say he had plenty of time. You don’t know that, do you? You don’t know the queen’s going to live as long as she does, or has done. As the heir, I think there was some concern that he should settle down, marry the appropriate person and get on with it.’
The Crown is available to stream on Netflix now and Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.