The first instalment of the final series of The Crown was released on Netflix earlier this week, recounting the events of the late 90s.
The series begins with Diana and Charles spending their first summer as a divorced couple and follows the development of the Princess of Wales’s romance with Dodi Fayed.
The first four episodes focus on the events leading up to Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris in August 1997 and the immediate aftermath of her death.
Viewers are also shown Diana as a ghost appearing with Charles and Queen Elizabeth, with creator Peter Morgan’s decision dividing opinions.
He previously told Variety: “I never imagined it as Diana’s ‘ghost’ in the traditional sense. It was her continuing to live vividly in the minds of those she has left behind. Diana was unique, and I suppose that’s what inspired me to find a unique way of representing her. She deserved special treatment narratively.”
The Netflix drama has also been criticised for its historical inaccuracy, with royal historian Kelly Swaby telling the BBC: “As a historian it sometimes makes me want to cry.
“Viewers often expect a certain degree of accuracy with the show because the production quality is so high, but we don’t always get that.”
She continued that the show has taken “artistic licence” on the portrayal of some events such as how Charles broke the news of Diana’s death to Prince William and Prince Harry.
Netflix has insisted that the show “has always been presented as a drama based on historical events”.
Part two of the sixth series will be released in the UK on December 14 and showcase the events of the early 2000s, including Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, Charles and Camilla’s wedding and Prince William’s meeting Kate at university.
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