Princess Diana's Private Secretary Reveals Which Scenes in 'The Crown' Are Inaccurate

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Princess Diana's private secretary Patrick Jephson has watched The Crown's controversial fifth season, and is out here breaking it down in a lengthy essay published in The Telegraph. Jephson noted that he was "witness to quite a few of the original events portrayed" and had worked with producers in 2019 to "contribute my first-hand perspective on what really happened."

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Jephson said that he was on "maximum alert" when he screened the show a few weeks ago, watching for "malicious twisting of words," "dishonest presentation of historical facts," and "lies and cruel falsehoods." But he "didn't find any," despite admitting that "chronology has been adjusted to cram years of events into the time constraints of a TV series."

However, Jephson did note a few key moments that weren't how the show depicted them. Like, remember when Charles eye-rolls at Diana for suggesting they go shopping on vacation? It happened, just not on a yacht. Instead, Jephson says the moment took place "during an official visit to the Middle East in 1989."

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Jephson also revealed that the scene where Diana tells the Queen about her Panorama interview was fully invented.

"I know it was made up because I was there, and I can tell you that the princess absolutely failed to summon up the necessary courage and delegated the job to me," he said. "So, sitting beside her in her Jaguar en route to an official engagement, I used the car telephone to call the Queen’s private secretary and break the sensational news. In a comedy of confusion – the genuine mark of reality – the only person in the Queen’s office at the time was Her Majesty’s press secretary who thus got the vital information seconds before he received it first hand from the BBC."

Jephson's full essay is definitely worth a read for all you Crown enthusiasts out there, but one more nugget before we go: the controversial scene between Prince Charles and John Major? Charles did have that conversation, it was just "held with a previous prime minister."

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