(FiveNation.com)- In Season 5 of The Crown, Princess Diana’s covert biographer claimed that listening to her taped confessions concerning King Charles III’s affair was like “going through the wardrobe in Narnia.”
Even as the public accused him of fabricating the shocking findings in his explosive biography Diana: Her True Story, Andrew Morton said he had received two warnings that attempts were being made to identify the source.
Diana served as his insider and—as the Netflix series depicts—made tape recordings for him in which she detailed the full scope of her battles with bulimia and suicidal thoughts in the context of Charles’ affair with Camilla, the current Queen Consort, in detail.
The princess, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is shown sneaking the cassettes out of Kensington Palace with the help of James Colthurst, a friend.
This season of The Crown will have a narrative that may seem more at home in a thriller than a scene from natural royal history, including a burglary that viewers may begin to believe, is intentional.
Even though the setting was different, it was a true-to-life moment.
The news of Charles’ affair shocked everyone in Britain, and by the time of his divorce in 1996, he had dropped to 41% on the identical Ipsos Mori survey question.
Many members of the public and commentariat chose not to believe the story offered in the book in the immediate aftermath, not realizing Diana was his covert source.
Some bookstores and grocery stores refused to carry it because they thought it was sleazy rumors.
Before the break-in, Morton had two warnings that his source was being sought after as the fairy story of a successful royal marriage fell apart.
Richard Kay, a former Daily Mail journalist who had connections before becoming friends with Diana, and Arthur Edwards, a well-known photographer with contacts in the royal protection team, called him separately, the man claimed.
“Watch your phones, watch what you say, and watch what you do,” they both warned, as “they are very carefully looking for your source.”
Morton says he would have been lynched if social media had existed at the time, and members of Parliament wanted to send him to the Tower of London.
Booksellers, Hatchards, and supermarkets like Tesco banned the book because they claimed it was untrue. The Crown has experienced a similar backlash in the British media in a case of history repeating itself.