King Charles staff fear The Crown will dent popularity as it relives Camilla affair

King Charles' staff are said to "fear The Crown will dent his popularity" as the new series will shine a spotlight on his affair with Camilla, who is now Queen Consort.

A trailer for the new season confirms the Netflix show will focus on the early nineties and the breakdown of the marriage between a then-Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

The pair married in 1981 and the world thought it was witnessing a fairytale. Fast-forward 11 years and two children later though, and the couple's marriage came crumbling down amidst rumours of infidelities.

After Charles, 73, became King following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, a YouGov poll showed a big increase in his popularity — with nearly two thirds of respondents thinking he will make a good monarch, although The Times reports that Palace insiders fear that the new series of The Crown could "dampen enthusiasm."

It was announced in 1992 that Charles and Diana would separate and they went to war with each other, both giving unprecedented press interviews, the likes of which had never been seen before in the monarchy.

In an explosive 1994 interview with Jonathan Dimbleby, Charles admitted he had committed adultery, once "it became clear that the marriage had irretrievably broken down."

Diana retaliated the following year with a now-infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir which aired on the BBC – and was hidden from Palace officials before its broadcast.

She famously lifted the lid on Charles and Camilla's affair when she said: "There was three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded."

Her answer was in response to Martin asking her: "Do you think Mrs. Parker-Bowles was a factor in the breakdown of your marriage?"

After the broadcast, Queen Elizabeth II is said to have written personally to Charles and Diana, demanding that they officially divorce, which they did in 1996.

A new trailer released by Netflix for Season 5 of the show, which is released on 9 November, sees Elizabeth Debicki take on the role of the late princess and Dominic West playing the part of Charles.

Both can be seen getting prepared for separate television interviews whilst the original statement that was released by Buckingham Palace, when the couple split in 1992, could be heard.

It said: "It is with regret that the Prince and Princess of Wales are separating."

There was then an amalgamation of reporters talking about their interviews, with one that chimed in saying: "Allegedly his long-time female friend," referring to Camilla, before more announcements come, making everything unintelligible.

Charles and Camilla were "dear friends" before Charles' 1981 marriage to Princess Diana, and their fond friendship was often the cause of much upset for Diana, as she later admitted in interviews.


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