The Crown To 'Recreate Princess Diana's Panorama Interview' With Martin Bashir
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The new season of The Crown will reportedly focus a whole episode on Martin Bashir’s controversial interview with Princess Diana.
According to reports, the hugely popular Netflix drama will see Diana, who will be played by Elizabeth Debicki, sit down with the BBC Panorama journalist for a recreation of the 1995 interview.
An insider revealed: “The Crown’s creators see the interview as the keystone moment in series five.
“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 source continued to The Sun: “The Crown has a track record of delving into areas of the Royal Family's history they’d rather be left alone.”
The controversial interview, which featured Diana infamously telling Bashir that there were “three of us in this marriage” – thought to be a dig at Camilla Parker Bowles – was a recent subject of intense scrutiny.
Earlier this year, a report by Lord Dyson found that Bashir had used “deceitful behaviour” in order to secure the interview.
And the shocking findings led to Prince William urging for the interview to never be aired again.
“It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others,” he said after the report was published.
"This Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”
Netflix declined to comment when approached by Tyla.
The fifth season of The Crown will see the cast depart in favour for a new line-up, as is traditional with previous seasons.
Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II, while Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip. Dominic West will take the reins from Josh O’Connor to play Prince Charles, while Lesley Manville will play Princes Margaret.
The Crown is scheduled for release in 2022.