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Diana + Charles in "The Crown": What is true, what is just made up?

The focus of the fourth season of "The Crown" is the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. But not everything you see happened that way in reality.

Ten new episodes of the Netflix series "The Crown" came out on November 15th - and there has never been so much discussion about the TV show before. The reason: Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) appears for the first time. The love triangle between her, Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) are at the heart of the fourth season. Time for a fact check.

Was there the letter from Louis Mountbatten to Prince Charles?

Among other things, Charles' foster father Louis Mountbatten is disappointed in the series that the prince continues to meet with the married Camilla Parker-Bowles (the engagement to Diana has not yet taken place at this point). Before Charles receives the letter, Mountbatten is murdered by the IRA in August 1979. There is no evidence that the writing really existed. "The Crown" creator Peter Morgan, 57, stated on a podcast, according to CNN, that he "invented" the scene believing that the fictional representation would be consistent with Mountbatten's views. He made it up, "whether right or wrong," says the author. What is known is that Mountbatten actually took Charles aside to tell him it was time for him to get married and provide for an heir to the throne.

Critics of the series also criticized further untruths in the new season. Especially Prince Charles gets off badly, it is said. And the heir to the throne himself should be "not amused". At least that is what the "Mail on Sunday" claims, citing "Palastinsider". Charles is portrayed as a callous and self-centered man who marries the innocent Diana, is jealous of her popularity and continues his affair with the then married Camilla Parker-Bowles. "The public shouldn't be fooled," insiders said, that this is not an accurate representation of "what really happened" ... In the new episodes, there are more details about the relationship between Charles and Diana that sparked debate .

Did Camilla want to befriend Diana?

In "The Crown", after Charles and Diana are engaged, Camilla sends flowers to Diana's apartment and invites them to dinner. In fact, the two women are said to have known each other well. Camilla stayed near the Prince of Wales. Diana and Charles are said to have spent entire weekends with Camilla and her husband Andrew Parker Bowles. And according to media reports, the meal together should really have taken place. However, Camilla should not have appeared as provocative as in the series. A waiter from back then reports a good mood.

Did Diana find out from a piece of jewelry that Charles and Camilla are having an affair?

There was actually speculation about that too. Interviews that biographer Andrew Morton, 67, conducted with Diana, are said to show that Diana found a bracelet with the initials F and G in the office of one of Charles' employees. The letters are said to stand for Gladys and Fred, and Camilla and Charles' nicknames for each other. According to "historyextra.com", other royal experts are certain that the heir to the throne sent similar pieces of jewelry to several women he was close to to thank them. There is also a different opinion about the letters F and G: They should stand for "Friday Girl", Charles' nickname for Camilla.

Has Princess Margaret really spoken out against Charles and Diana's marriage?

That should be made up. On the series, Princess Margaret objects to an apparently unhappy marriage between her nephew and Diana. That should have been the idea of ​​Margaret actress Helena Bonham Carter.

Did Diana roller-skate Buckingham Palace?

It's not confirmed, but the producers of "The Crown" are certain Diana actually roller-skated around the palace. And Emma Corrin, who plays Diana, also believes it's true. "I think she did that," the actress told Sky News. That was Diana's kind of fun before she became a royal, and that's what she kept.

Did Diana have an eating disorder like on the show?

Yes. Princess Diana confirmed in her famous 1995 BBC interview that she suffered from bulimia. She called the eating disorder her "secret illness" with which she had to deal for years. "It was a symptom of what was going on in my marriage. I screamed for help but gave the wrong signals (...)." The cause was the situation that Charles and she had to hold everything together "because we didn't want to disappoint the public, and yet there was obviously a lot of fear in our four walls".

Did Diana really dance to "Uptown Girl" at the London Opera House?

Yes, Diana danced on stage one evening to "Uptown Girl". In December 1985 after she had secretly rehearsed with ballet star Wayne Sleep, 72. She surprised her husband with the performance. It is not known whether Prince Charles was as embarrassed in real life as he was in the series. Allegedly, he should not have been particularly happy. It is also unclear whether Diana later produced a video of herself on which she sang something from "The Phantom of the Opera" to give it to Charles.

Was Diana allowed to choose her engagement ring?

Yes. After the engagement, Diana was presented with a selection of jewels. In Andrew Morton's book Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words, it is said that a story was even invented explaining the arrival of the gemstones in the palace so that their engagement would remain under lock and key. In the end she chose the stone that was right for her, which the Queen paid for.

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