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The Crown consultant cuts ties with the show over concerns about Princess Diana storyline

Jemima Khan has cut ties with The Crown over concerns she had with the show’s portrayal of Princess Diana.

The screenwriter, who knew the late Princess of Wales personally, had been asked by the drama’s creator Peter Morgan to help write the upcoming fifth season.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Jemima said: “It was really important to me that the final years of my friend’s life be portrayed accurately and with compassion, as has not always happened in the past.”

“In 2019, Peter Morgan asked me to cowrite on the fifth series of The Crown, particularly those episodes which concerned Princess Diana’s last years before she died,” she continued.

“After a great deal of thought, having never spoken publicly about any of this before, I decided to contribute.”

The producer went on to explain that she worked with Peter on “the outline and scripts from September 2020 until February 2021″, on stories that chronicled many key moments in the late princess’ life.

Jemima explained: “When our cowriting agreement was not honoured, and when I realized that particular story line would not necessarily be told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped, I requested that all my contributions be removed from the series and I declined a credit.”

Netflix said in a statement: “Jemima Khan has been a friend, fan and a vocal public supporter of The Crown since season 1.”

“She has been part of a wide network of well-informed and varied sources who have provided extensive background information to our writers and research team — providing context for the drama that is The Crown. She has never been contracted as a writer on the series.”

In seasons 5 and 6 of the series, Elizabeth Debicki will step in to play the late princess, previously portrayed by Emma Corrin.


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