Army major's widow slams The Crown for including private tragedy in which husband died

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Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in the episode, Avalanche.
Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in the episode, Avalanche.
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  • The widow of British army major Hugh Lindsay has spoken out against the latest season of The Crown.
  • In an episode titled Avalanche, the tragic event that led to his death is covered.
  • Sarah Horsley reportedly sent a letter to the creators of the show asking them to not include the accident in the show.


The Crown season four has received backlash from the palace, Charles Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana and now the widow of British army major Hugh Lindsay has spoken out against the show.

In the current season now streaming on Netflix, the fatal skiing accident in which Hugh died is covered in the episode titled Avalanche.

According to The Guardian, the former equerry was skiing at the Swiss resort in 1988 with senior royals when disaster struck. Prince Charles reportedly dug snow with his hands in an attempt to save his friend's life.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Sarah Horsley, his widow, said she asked the creators to reconsider including the tragic event and was horrified to learn that it would be included in the season.

"I wrote to them asking them not to do it, not to use the accident. I suppose members of the royal family have to grin and bear it, but for me, it's a very private tragedy."

In response, the producers said in a letter that they understood her concerns, but "they hope [she] will feel that they deal with difficult subject matters with integrity and great sensitivity."

At the time of Lindsay's death, Sarah was pregnant with their daughter Alice who she is most concerned will be affected by the episode.

"Perhaps at some point in the future, Alice and I will watch it quietly together. It will be tough. My daughter has only heard about the accident from me because she wasn't even born when it happened," reports E! News.

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