Look, I think we all know that The Crown is a dramatization, but when you bring on someone who actually knew one of the people and then they quit over the way that her friend was being portrayed, I worry.
“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,” she said to the Sunday Times about the break with The Crown.
She had been brought on by the series creator, Peter Morgan, to help craft the story of Diana‘s years. When Jemima began to understand how the series would craft the final years of Diana‘s life and portray them, she decided to part ways with the show.
She continued, “In 2019, Peter Morgan asked me to co-write on the fifth series of The Crown, particularly those episodes which concerned Princess Diana’s last years before she died. After a great deal of thought, having never spoken publicly about any of this before, I decided to contribute.”
“We worked together on the outline and scripts from September 2020 until February 2021,” Jemima continued. “When our co-writing agreement was not honoured, and when I realized that particular storyline would not necessarily be told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped, I requested that all my contributions be removed from the series and I declined a credit.”
Season 5 of The Crown is currently filming now.