Revelations in the Mail that future episodes of The Crown will feature the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales, will be extremely unwelcome news for the royal family, according to a royal expert.
According to reports, the ghost of the dead princess, played by Elizabeth Debicki, will have an emotional reconciliation with a grieving Charles, played by Dominic West, in the sixth and final series of the show, which will air in two parts – the first . next month and the second in December.
She then appears again in ghost form to Queen Elizabeth II, played by Imelda Staunton, as they discuss funeral arrangements with Charles – her appearance apparently reducing the Queen to tears in the series, which airs from this month next.
Speaking on this week’s episode of Palace Confidential, Daily Mail editor Richard Eden said he thought The Firm would “dread the new series” of Netflix’s royal drama.
Daily Mail newspaper editor Richard Eden (pictured) told Palace Confidential that the royal family is dreading the upcoming sixth – and final – series of The Crown.
“From what I hear, every time there’s a new series, there’s a collective groan at the Palace, ‘oh not again,'” he told the royal chat show.
Richard added: “I think one of the worst parts of being in the royal family is having to put up with this sort of thing.
“Now it’s become some sort of sordid soap opera, I think they’re going to dread the new series.”
And the royal editor of the Daily Mail, Rebecca English, believes that the producers of the series made “unpleasant decisions” and went too far with series 6 of the Netflix series.
“Personally, I think the creators of Crown shot themselves in the foot with this,” she told the program.
“These are very personal, private and truly sensational moments, the moment with Charles and (the ghost of) Diana comes just after he was shown sobbing over his coffin in Paris. Some would say it’s rather unpleasant.
Previously speaking about the next series of the royal drama, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline that ‘the idea that they even contemplated Diana as a ghost seems absolutely strange’, particularly given the controversial elements already swirling around from the Serie.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “It’s going to be a controversial series anyway with what they’re already showing – the Panorama documentary, her death and funeral – and in my opinion she should never have made this final series first place.”
Diana is played by Debicki (pictured, left), the Queen by Imelda Staunton (pictured, right) and Charles by Dominic West (pictured, far right) in the upcoming series of The Crown.
“The idea that (series creator) Peter Morgan scripted Diana’s ghostly apparitions is completely in bad taste.
“It is unfortunate that someone with his skills has reduced what is undoubtedly a tragedy to something that he knows full well will be controversial.”
“The idea that he scripted a ghostly figure of Prince William and Harry’s mother is obviously in poor taste and the whole concept, no matter what the ghost says or does, seems downright bizarre.”
Mr Fitzwilliams said Charles would keep silent over the portrait but his two sons, Princes Harry and William, could speak out – after they both criticized the BBC in 2021 over Martin’s infamous Panorama interview Bashir with Diana in 1995.
Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana in The Crown and is pictured in the fifth series of the show.
He added: “We can very well hear what they think about the portrayal, but the problem is if they make a statement it will only add to the hype around The Crown and there you have a problem.
“If Prince William or Prince Harry commented on this, it would make headlines and even more people would watch it than they expected.
“Whether they would watch such a thing, I of course have no idea. The king will make absolutely no comment. I think the royal family decided a long time ago what they thought of The Crown: they seem to have abandoned the taste altogether.
Mr Fitzwilliams went on to criticize the production as a whole, saying the portrayal of Diana’s ghost was nothing more than a publicity stunt and that the final series, which was previously criticized for recreating Diana’s death in Paris should never have been made.
“It also appears to be an attempt to get publicity and it feels like there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to get publicity,” he said.
“The Crown is controversial enough as it is and I truly believe there shouldn’t be a final series given the damage it has already caused.”
Coming soon: The poster for the series shows a striking photo of Princess Diana in a blue swimsuit, sitting at the end of a pier.
“The strange thing is that this series was already controversial and putting a ghost on top of it is absolutely deplorable and in bad taste.”
Meanwhile, brand and culture expert Nick Ede added that the brothers might be “appalled” by the depiction of their late mother, and that it would be “pretty triggering”.
He told MailOnline: “Producers have said that Diana’s ghost depicts ‘visualizations of innermost thoughts’, but of course this will be quite triggering and could cause distress.
“William and Harry, I’m sure, will also find this difficult to acknowledge because they have no idea what Diana was feeling and where her emotions were during this period, so this factional drama becomes a drama of fantasy and fantasy. speculation that could shock the couple as it changes the narrative of their beloved mother’s memory,” he said.
A Netflix source said Debicki’s appearance after Diana’s death was meant to be a “visualization of innermost thoughts” rather than being interpreted as “supernatural.”