Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer fears viewers of The Crown will 'forget that it is fiction'

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  • Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer has opened up about the latest season of The Crown, fearing people may 'forget that it is fiction'.
  • "You can hang it on fact, but the bits in between are not fact," Charles said on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh.
  • The latest season of the Netflix show welcomes Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.


Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, has spoken out against the latest season of The Crown.

According to People, Charles opened up about his sister's portrayal in the show in an interview on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, saying The Crown features "a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention".

In season four of the Netflix drama, Emma Corrin joins the show as Princess Diana. The series follows Diana's journey as she becomes Prince Charles' (Josh O'Conner) fiancé, before digging deeper into their unhappy marriage.

"You can hang it on fact, but the bits in between are not fact," Charles Spencer said, adding that he fears that people will forget that the show is fiction.

"The worry for me is that people see a programme like that and they forget that it is fiction. They assume, especially foreigners, I find Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven't."

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Charles also added: "The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp (the Spencer family home), and I said obviously not."

About why he feels it's important to correct any inaccurate portrayals of his sister, Charles said: "I feel it is my duty to stand up for her when I can," adding: "She left me, for instance, as guardian of her sons, so I feel there was a trust passed on."

According to recent reports, the palace is not happy with the latest season of The Crown either, with the show's portrayal of Prince Charles being seen as "cruel".

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