Princess Diana’s Brother Doesn’t Hold Back When Asked About ‘The Crown’

Season five of The Crown is now streaming on Netflix. So, how does the royal family feel about the new episodes?

Charles Spencer (Princess Diana’s brother) recently appeared on the British TV show Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh. During the interview, he shared his thoughts about the popular Netflix series, reminding viewers that it’s loosely based on real events.

“The worry for me is that people see a program like that, and they forget that it is fiction,” he said, according to Hello! magazine. “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.”

Spencer continued, “There is a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention, isn’t there? You can hang it on fact, but the bits in between are not fact.”

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Earl Spencer feels so strongly about the show, he denied Netflix’s request to film at his childhood home, Althorp House. “Actually, The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp, and I said obviously not,” he said.

When asked about his reasoning, Spencer revealed that he feels obligated to defend his late sister’s legacy. “I feel it is my duty to stand up for her when I can,” he explained. “She left me, for instance, as guardian of her sons, so I feel there was a trust passed on. And we grew up together. You know if you grow up with somebody, they are still that person; it doesn’t matter what happens to them later. So yeah, I feel very passionately that I have a role to honor her memory.”

Well said, Charles. Well said.

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