Today in always-exhausting royal family drama, The Sun is out here reporting that the royals are “at war” with the BBC over The Crown. Why, you ask? Turns out, The BBC allowed Netflix to film scenes from the show at its central headquarters in London. And the scenes in question are about Diana’s infamous 1995 Panorama interview with Martin Bashir, which was obtained unethically.
“It’s unbelievable that in the middle of a major fight with William and the Royal Family over its documentary, the BBC would allow Netflix to film on their property,” a source says. “The BBC and Netflix are joining forces to do the one thing William doesn’t want—dramatizing the Panorama interview which is a part of his life he has said he does not wish to revisit.”
This news comes amid tension between the royals and the BBC over a documentary called The Princes and the Press, which caused the royals to be so upset that they issued a rare joint statement saying, “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy. However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”
Meanwhile, back in October, it was reported that William was extremely frustrated with The Crown for including Diana’s Panorama interview in the upcoming season. Especially since an investigation was recently conducted into the interview, which found that Martin Bashir used “deceitful behavior” and false bank statements to convince Diana to speak with him. Prince William gave a statement at the time saying, “It is my firm view that this Panorama program holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialized by the BBC and others.”
William reportedly sees The Crown’s coverage of the interview as further “commercialization,” but a source tells The Sun, “The Crown’s creators see the interview as the keystone moment in series 5. To the writers, the stormy marriage between Charles and Di led up to her outpouring on Panorama, and the aftermath of that decision defined her final months. They are making a huge investment in that. The Crown has a track record of delving into areas of the royal family’s history they’d rather be left alone.”