EARL Spencer has taken a swipe at The Crown for 'lots of invention' and said he is 'passionate' about defending his sister Princess Diana's memory.
The late Princess is played by actress Emma Corrin in the fourth season of the hit Netflix show, and her portrayal has garnered a lot of attention since the new series premiered on Sunday.
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Speaking about the drama and how his sister has been portrayed on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, the Earl says: "It is very hard, there is a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention, isn’t there?
"You can hang it on fact but the bits in between are not fact.”
In The Crown, Diana's courtship, marriage and subsequent relationship struggles with husband Prince Charles play out, as well as her battle with bulimia.
Discussing the show further, her brother tells Alan: "Actually, The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp and I said obviously not.
"The worry for me is that people see a programme like that and they forget that it is fiction.
"They assume, especially foreigners, I find Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven’t.”
Earl Spencer has always been a staunch defender of Diana's legacy following her tragic death in 1997, and it's no different when it comes to The Crown.
He says: "I feel it is my duty to stand up for her when I can. She left me for instance as guardian of her sons etc, so I feel there was a trust passed on.
"And we grew up together, you know if you grow up with somebody they are still that person, it doesn’t matter what happens to them later.
"So yeah, I feel very passionately that I have a role to honour her memory.”
Love Your Weekend airs on Sunday 22nd November at 10am on ITV
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