Royal expert slams The Crown and says Charles and Diana 'couldn't keep their hands off each other'

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Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown.
Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown.
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  • Dickie Arbiter, the queen's former press secretary, says despite The Crown's portrayal of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage they had "geniune love and happiness" for one another in the beginning.
  • The royal expert says, following them on their tour of Australia in 1983: "They couldn't keep their hands off each other."
  • On The Crown's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth he says: "Olivia Coleman, as the queen, is not the queen I know."


Many have slammed The Crown for its portrayal of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's troubled marriage.

From Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, to the palace, those close to the royals have said much of the fourth season of the hit Netflix series is false, with royal biographer Penny Junor saying she imagines Charles will be "incredibly upset" by it.

Now, speaking to True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat, Dickie Arbiter, who once worked as the queen's press secretary, says despite the portrayal of their marriage in the show, at the start Charles and Diana "couldn't keep their hands off each other".

"There was genuine love and happiness there," he says, per MailOnline.

Speaking of his time following the newly married Prince and Princess of Wales on their 1983 tour of Australia he says: "Charles used to pat her bum regularly. There were times when he would even squeeze it, even in Australia."

The 80-year-old also took issue with the series' portrayal of the queen, whom he worked closely with for over a decade.

"Olivia Coleman, as the queen, is not the queen I know. She comes across as po-faced and cold.

"The queen does have motherly instincts," he explains. "She was as concerned as any mother when Prince Andrew was going off to the Falklands." 

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