Prince Harry is reportedly taking measures to protect himself from potentially traumatic scenes in the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series, The Crown. According to an insider, he will employ a 'sensitivity viewer' to watch the show's portrayal of his last call with his mother, Princess Diana, and shield him from any distressing content. The first four episodes of the final season will focus on the lead-up to and aftermath of Diana's death, including her last meeting with her sons.
Although Prince Harry is aware that the episodes will primarily revolve around the tragic event, he is still likely to watch the series. In fact, he has previously expressed his interest in watching and even fact-checking The Crown. However, in order to safeguard his mental well-being, the insider suggests that he may watch the episodes in advance to identify and avoid any scenes that could be distressing for him.
On the other hand, Prince William is unlikely to tune in to the series. His previous frustrations with the show's handling of his mother's Panorama interview have likely influenced his decision. While the upcoming season will also depict the last conversation between Prince William, Prince Harry, and Diana, it will not accurately reflect their recollection of the call.
In a 2017 documentary titled Diana: Our Mother, the Princes opened up about their final rushed conversation with Diana and expressed their regret over its brevity. They revealed that they were eager to go outside and play with their cousins at Balmoral at the time. Both Princes acknowledged that they would have said more if they had known it would be their last conversation with their mother, but the exact words she spoke to them remain undisclosed.
The emotionally charged first four episodes of The Crown will cover the tragic car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her companion Dodi, and their chauffeur, Henri Paul. The series will explore the Royal Family's reaction to the tragedy, as well as the summer holiday Diana and Dodi enjoyed in St Tropez prior to the accident. While the exact moment of Diana's death is not re-created for sensitivity reasons, the show includes controversial scenes imagining conversations between Charles and Diana in the cabin of the royal plane and with the Queen.
The final six episodes of The Crown, set to be released in December, will focus on the family's process of moving forward after Diana's death. The season will depict the budding romance between William and Kate during their time at St Andrews and culminate in Charles and Camilla's wedding in April 2005. Netflix's decision to end the series at this point was meant to maintain historical accuracy rather than delve into more recent events.