If there is one rule in media and entertainment, it is don’t disrespect Princess Diana, the beloved and tragic figure whose death in a 1997 car accident shocked the world.
However, telling, retelling, dramatizing and scrutinizing every aspect of Diana’s life can be very lucrative.
The popular Netflix series “The Crown” has drawn large audiences over the last several years, but there are reports that the upcoming season does not reflect well on Diana, who is played by Elizabeth Debicki.
Jemima Khan, a close confidant of Diana’s, quit her advisory role on the show and told The Sunday Times that the princess’ story was not being told “as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped.”
“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 said.
Interestingly, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had nothing to say about the controversy.
Why the conspicuous silence, particularly since this concerns Harry’s own mother?
One possible reason has been offered: The prince and the duchess of Sussex signed a multiyear deal with Netflix reportedly worth more than $100 million. The couple are working with the streaming giant on a number of projects, which could include a documentary about their lives, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
Royal experts are criticizing Harry over his apparent unwillingness to defend his mother’s legacy.