Princess Diana and The Queen's Relationship Was Closer Than 'The Crown' Depicts

Ever since Princess Diana made her on-screen debut at the start of last season, The Crown has fleshed out her relationship with Queen Elizabeth II in some intriguing ways. In season 4, after returning from the emotional rollercoaster that was her Australian tour with Charles, Diana is at her wits' end and requests an audience with the queen. She opens up about her marital problems with Charles and explains how he resents her for eclipsing him in the press. Far from offering any comfort, the queen is coldly unreceptive, asking Diana: "Is it possible that there's a part of you that's enjoying your own success a little too much?" She also seems utterly horrified when Diana hugs her, a moment of physical affection that speaks to the princess's deep loneliness.

In season 5, Diana is long past the point of trying to squeeze any affection out of the Windsors. Instead, she wages "all-out war" on the firm, via a series of unprecedented press engagements that begin with a tell-all book, and culminate with her infamous 1995 interview on the BBC series Panorama—all of which changes the dynamic of her fraught relationship with the Queen.

So how accurate is the depiction of the queen and Diana's relationship in The Crown? Read on for the more complicated truth.

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