Princess Diana's former butler gives his verdict on The Crown

Anya Meyerowitz
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The highly-anticipated season four of The Crown is finally here (though we're sure you didn't need us to tell you that), with much of the series of course focusing on Princess Diana, including her wedding to Prince Charles, her relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, and also her battle with bulimia.

Unsurprisingly, the controversial story line has ruffled some feathers, with some parties close to the royals reportedly feeling unhappy with the new season, including some of Prince Charles' friends.

However, Princess Diana's former butler has defended the show's writing, saying it is 'accurate'.

Paul Burrell served as Diana's butler until her death in 1997, and also worked for her and Prince Charles at Highgrove from 1987.

Paul, who no longer works for the Royal Household, has often spoken about her in the media and has written a number of books about the Princess' life.

And now, he's spoken out about the new series of The Crown, calling it 'the best yet' and saying that the portrayal of Princess Diana is an 'accurate dramatisation' of the real-life events.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Paul revealed, 'I've watched already the first three episodes of The Crown, and I think it's the best series yet.'

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Photo credit: Antony Jones - Getty Images

He continued, 'It's a peek behind the doors of Buckingham Palace, that perhaps the palace don’t want you to see because this is the truth in many ways. It's a fair and accurate dramatisation of what happened.'

'It is spectacular, with stellar performances from Emma as the young Diana and Josh as young Charles,' he said, adding, 'But of course it's stolen by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.'

Paul when on to comment on actress Emma Corrin's portrayal of Diana, saying, 'It's her... and her mannerisms and the way she talks, and I'm feeling it again, her personality being dismantled behind the scenes by these people who don't really care.'

He also added that he doesn't think Prince William and Prince Harry, or any members of the royal family, will watch The Crown because 'it reminds them of too much negativity from the past'.

The show's creator and head writer, Peter Morgan, has also defended the latest series of the show from those who have accused the drama of re-writing history. Particularly the elements which have been fictionalised, including Lord Mountbatten's letter to a young Prince Charles urging him to move on from Camilla.

He said he 'made up in my head' details of the final conversation between Charles and his great-uncle, but believes they are based in reality.

'I think everything that's in that letter which Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe, based on everything that I've read and people I've spoken to, that represents his view,' he told the official Crown podcast.

You can watch the fourth season of The Crown — which was released on November 15 — on Netflix.

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