It’s hard to ignore the role that journalist and royal biographer Andrew Morton played in Princess Diana’s life nearly 30 years ago. It wasn’t just the publication of his book, Diana: Her True Story, that thrust Morton into the spotlight. It was the revelation that Diana herself was Morton’s main source for the controversial book that exposed details ranging from Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles to her own struggles with mental health—information that came to light only after Diana’s tragic death in 1997.
‘The Crown’ Season 5 May Be a Long Way Off, But We’ve Got New Details from Royal Biographer Andrew Morton
Fast forward to present day and Morton, whose new book Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters is out now, recently confirmed on the Royally Obsessed podcast that he’s working as a consultant for The Crown. As for what to expect on season five? His curiosity is piqued about his own portrayal: “I’m just waiting to see who’s going to play me.”
Morton is also quick to offer a suggestion or two. “I wear glasses. I’m 6’4”. Maybe Danny DeVito?” he laughs. “We approached Daniel Craig, but he said he was too busy. He said he was combing his hair.”
Kidding aside, Morton says that if a fictionalized version of himself makes an appearance on the show, it likely won’t be someone recognizable. “To be honest, it’s going to be an unknown wearing a pair of glasses and that will be it.”
He is excited about what actress Elizabeth Debicki will bring to the role of Diana in the seasons ahead. “[Elizabeth] is 6’2” and looks just like her.” He adds that he’s thoroughly enjoyed his experience consulting for the series. “You’re dealing with extremely creative and intelligent people who ask the most abstruse questions like, ‘Can you remember the wallpaper in your daughter’s bedroom?’” Bottom line: Morton is looking forward to season five.
Same, Andrew, same.
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