's The Crown is accused of misrepresenting famous 1997 photoshoot ... trends now

's The Crown is accused of misrepresenting famous 1997 photoshoot ... trends now
Netflix's The Crown is accused of misrepresenting famous 1997 photoshoot ... trends now

Netflix's The Crown is accused of misrepresenting famous 1997 photoshoot ... trends now

A famous photoshoot of Prince Charles and his two sons in 1997 is misrepresented in Netflix's The Crown as a response to Princess Diana’s new romance, a Mail podcast has revealed.

In the second episode of 'The Crown: Fact or Fiction,' Mail royal expert Richard Kay disclosed that he was present at the photocall in Balmoral that is portrayed in the hit series.

It took place about two weeks before Princess Diana was killed in a car crash and saw Prince William, then 15, and Prince Harry, 12, posing on the banks of the River Dee with their father.

The final series of The Crown tries to present the photoshoot as a ploy by palace officials to respond to recently published pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed kissing on a yacht.

The character in the show call a local photographer and he is shown arriving to take the pictures in private, which, according to Kay, could not have been further from the truth.

‘We had been told three days, I think, before the pictures of Diana and Dodi had even been published that the palace were going to hold a photocall of Charles and his sons, who were going to arrive at Balmoral early,’ Kay told the podcast.

The original picture of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry at River Dee on August 12 at the Balmoral estate

The original picture of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry at River Dee on August 12 at the Balmoral estate

The recreated photo depicted on season six of the Netflix series The Crown

The recreated photo depicted on season six of the Netflix series The Crown 

‘I think in all there were about 40 of us: camera crews, photographers and a handful of reporters,' Kay added. 

The second episode of The Crown’s sixth series presents the photoshoot as a rainy, windswept day, when in actuality, the Press and the Royals basked in sunshine.

Kay continued: ‘They performed, I guess that’s the best way to put it. Charles was very pleasant, wished us all a good day, the boys were awkward, but they were young and didn’t like this kind of thing.’

A palace official who organized the event was even asked at the time whether the photocall was a response to the Diana and Dodi pictures, Kay recalled.

He said: ‘She absolutely angrily denied

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