Netflix has spent millions on the episode, according to U.K. tabloid The Sun, quoting an “insider” who also said, “To the writers, the stormy marriage between Charles and Di led up to her outpouring on Panorama, and the aftermath of that decision defined her final months. They are making a huge investment in that. ‘The Crown’ has a track record of delving into areas of the Royal Family’s history they’d rather be left alone.”
Netflix offered no comment in response to a Variety query.
The controversy around the “Panorama” interview blew up earlier this year when an independent investigation by Lord Dyson found that the BBC “fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark.” The investigation also found that Bashir forged documents to obtain the interview. Bashir apologized, but maintained that he was “proud” of the interview.
The BBC issued apologies to Diana’s husband, Charles, Prince of Wales, her sons William and Harry, the dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, and her brother Earl Spencer.
Prince William had said at the time, “This ‘Panorama’ program holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialized by the BBC and others.”
“The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life,” Prince Harry had said. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a multi-year deal at Netflix where the couple will make documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows and children’s series.
Season 5 of “The Crown” is due to stream in November 2022, with Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) playing Princess Diana.