Kirstie Allsopp urges The Crown to be ‘truthful’ about Princess Diana’s Panorama interview
Prince William: Panorama interview ‘holds no legitimacy’
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Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding the infamous BBC Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. The Location, Location, Location presenter says it would be “interesting” to see whether The Crown will accurately portray the final stages of Diana’s life.
I know they are currently recreating events from around that time, will they do so truthfully?
It comes following an inquiry led by Lord Dyson, former master of the rolls and head of civil justice, found the BBC covered up the “deceitful behaviour that Martin Bashir used to land his infamous interview with the late Princess that “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency”.
A report by Lord Dyson claims that Bashir was in “serious breach” of the BBC’s guidelines after faking bank statements and showing them to Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, to gain access to the Princess.
Following an internal investigation by the BBC in 1996, the report said it was “woefully ineffective”.
Less than 24 hours after Lord Dyson delivered the findings of his enquiries, Kirstie Allsopp has taken to social media to share her thoughts.
Following Prince William’s, 38, sobering statement which claimed the interview “played on her fears and fuelled paranoia”, Kirstie echoed the Duke’s comments in front of her 425,200 followers.
She said: “Prince William has now said, firmly, that the narrative around his mother’s notorious interview is false.
“Interesting to see whether @TheCrownNetflix alter their take on things.
“I know they are currently recreating events from around that time, will they do so truthfully?”
The Netflix hit is a fictional show looking at events within The Royal Family from the past with an artistic license.
In Diana’s 1995 interview, she spoke of her marriage with Prince Charles and his affair with the Duchess of Cornwall, saying: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” part of which was portrayed in The Crown.
One episode saw Charles, played by Josh O’Connor gift Camilla Parker-Bowles, played by Emerald Fennell, a bracelet before tying the knot with Diana.
It’s believed that the bracelet had the initials F and G engraved into it, standing for Charles’ and Camilla’s nicknames for one another, Fred and Gladys.
It was revealed last year by the Daily Star that producers of The Crown had reached out to those close to The Royal Family to offer a fair portrayal of the Mountbatten-Windsor’s and historic events.
Speaking to the publication, Charles’ goddaughter, India Hicks, the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten said: “They reached out to me this time for the royal wedding day because they asked that my daughter, Dominoe, play a tiny, tiny part in this.
“God knows if she’s even she may well be on the cutting room floor, I don’t know but she has a tiny role, playing one of the bridesmaids in one of the rehearsal scenes.
“So I was in touch with the producers around the time when my daughter was being filmed for that.”
India, 53, served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Charles and Diana, while her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, served as a Lady-in-waiting to Her Majesty The Queen and often accompanied The Queen and her cousin, the late Prince Philip around the world.
Speaking of The Crown, India said: “I think they have some very brilliant, very astute historical researchers who have put in many, many hours to make sure that the details are as close to correct as possible.
“So, again, we’re kind of we have to remind ourselves this is a dramatisation, but it is filmed so beautifully. We can kind of go along with the whole feeling of it.”
India partnered with the disaster relief agency Global Empowerment Mission and provided support on the ground in The Bahamas, where she lives shortly after Hurricane Dorian in August 2019.
The author continues her work for the organisation as well as the Harbour Island Foodbank who provide food for those who lose their jobs following the shutdown in The Bahamas.
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