Paul Burrell has claimed that Prince Charles once made a ‘cruel’ comment about a dress Princess Diana was wearing when they were visiting Japan.
Despite the Netflix drama facing controversy for not displaying a fiction warning at the beginning of the episodes, Paul, who was present for a number of the storylines shown, has described many of the plot points as accurate.
Speaking to Steph McGovern on her chat show Steph’s Packed Lunch, the host asked Paul about specific moments in The Crown and whether they’re fact or fiction.
He replied: ‘I think it’s the Diana years really that has caused the controversy, you have to remember when you’re watching it, you’re not watching a documentary, you’re watching a dramatisation.
‘There is a ribbon of truth that runs through it, as a viewer you have to sit there and work out what’s true and what’s false. I don’t have to do that because these are my years, I witnessed it first-hand.
‘Some of it’s true but some of it is wide off the mark.’
Steph went on to quiz Paul on the portrayal of Prince Charles’ cruelty to Diana in the Netflix series.
‘I’m afraid that’s fact, unfortunately,’ he told her.
‘She said to me “I thought when I married him, he would be there for me, to comfort me, to support me, to be there and he wasn’t”. He did do cruel things.’
The royal former butler went on to recall one particular moment when Princess Diana had asked her husband if he liked the dress she was wearing, and Prince Charles replied: ‘You look like a British Caledonian stewardess’.
‘He was jealous actually, of her popularity, her star rose and his didn’t,’ Paul continued.
‘She was far more popular than he was, and he didn’t like it. He was born to be king; he was the royal, not Diana.’
‘I witnessed it first-hand, the upset behind closed doors, the infighting, the problems Diana had and then she, of course, would turn to bulimia, which was what she always turned to,’ he added.
Paul has always been quite vocal about what he believes the Netflix drama got right and what it got wrong.
He recently commented on how accurate Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Diana’s (Emma Corrin) relationship in the fourth series is portrayed.
‘Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles as a rather uncaring, cold person. And I’m afraid that’s what I saw behind closed doors,’ he told The Sun.
‘He was married to probably the most beautiful woman in the world. But he didn’t look after her, and that’s what comes across in The Crown.’
Speaking about what he believes The Crown got wrong, the 62-year-old explained that one of the main differences was when the Queen (played by Olivia Colman) and Prince Charles chose Diana’s engagement ring, rather than her picking it out herself.
He also said that it’s not true the Queen and Prince Phillip (played by Tobias Menzies) slept in separate beds, saying the drama portrayed their relationship as more ‘cold’ than it was.
The Crown is available to watch on Netflix and Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.