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Princess Diana’s friend resigns from “The Crown” over inaccurate storylines

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Princess Diana’s friend resigns from “The Crown” over inaccurate storylines

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Jemima Khan, a close friend of Princess Diana, has resigned as a script advisor on the royal drama The Crown, citing her dissatisfaction with how the production plans to represent her late friend in the upcoming season. Jemima had previously dated Peter Morgan, the show’s creator.

Jemima, who was supposed to co-write the program, told The Times: “In 2019, Peter Morgan asked me to co-write on the fifth series of The Crown, particularly those episodes which concerned Princess Diana’s last years before she died. After a great deal of thought, having never spoken publicly about any of this before, I decided to contribute.”

The new series, which stars Australian actress Elizabeth Debecki as Princess Diana, is reported to depict a number of pivotal episodes in Diana’s life, including the controversial BBC Panorama interview with Martin Bashir and her love romances with Hasnat Khan and Dodi Al-Fayed.

It has now been established that the Princess was presented fake documents before to the broadcast interview, and both of her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have condemned the practice as exploitative and stated that they feel it contributed to her early death.

When going over the scripTs, however, several things didn’t line up, which disturbed Jemima and finally prompted her to terminate her contract as a consultant.

“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,” Khan stated of her choice.

“When our cowriting agreement was not honoured, and when I realised that particular storyline 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,” she told the news publication.

According to reports, Jemima aided with narrative concepts and screenplays from September last year to February this year, which feature Princess Diana’s purported romance with heart physician Hasnat Khan, as well as Harrods heir Dodi Fayed, and the final two years of her life.

Khan, a former journalist who now mostly works as a filmmaker, was formerly married to Pakistan’s current prime leader, cricketer Imran Khan, according to The Times.

Following her departure, Netflix issued a statement clarifying Jemima’s participation in the fifth season of the popular royal drama.

“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,” they said in a statement.

“She has never been contracted as a writer on the series.”

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