Princess Diana’s former press secretary said King Charles had spoken to the prime minister about the possibility of ruling as heir – but not John Major ‘as the heir says.
- Patrick Jephson worked in the royal family from 1988 to 1996
- Netflix drama fabrication of a meeting between Sir John Major and Prince Charles
- Insider claims that King has already spoken with the Prime Minister about the possible abdication of the Queen
Princess Diana’s former press secretary said King Charles had spoken to the prime minister about the possibility of ruling as regent, but it was not John Major as the Crown said.
Patrick Jephson worked closely with Prince Charles’ office while working for Diana from 1988 to 1996.
Before filming for the fifth season of The Crown began, Netflix producers called Patrick to share his experience working with the royal family.
Writing for The Telegraph, the insider claims that recent episodes – which arrived on the streaming service this morning – make it “not easy to watch” and says some of the scenes were so real that he “forgot to breathe”.
However, the high-profile story that sees Prince Charles plot to overthrow the Queen with John Major is one area where Patrick claims the writers got it spectacularly wrong.
According to Diana’s former press secretary, King Charles “had a meeting with the Prime Minister about the possibility of him ruling as Regent”. Imagine the King arriving in York earlier today
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major – pictured with Prince Charles in 1994 – has denied that the meeting that appeared at The Crown ever took place
Patrick Jephson – pictured in 2011 – served as Princess Diana’s press secretary from 1988 to 1996. He claimed the king had a meeting with another prime minister about the possibility of his mother’s abdication
The events of the first episode of the series take place in 1991, against the backdrop of speculation about the future of the monarchy and the constitutional role of Charles.
During the hour-long episode, Prince Charles – played by Dominic West – appeared in a Sunday Times poll indicating there was public support for the Queen’s abdication, which would lead to him ruling as regent.
The former press secretary writes: “We later see Charles discussing suffrage and the possibility of regency with the Prime Minister.
“Again, this is not entirely accurate: the discussion was actually done with a former prime minister.”
Before filming for the fifth season of The Crown began, Netflix producers called Patrick to share his experience working with the royal family. Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki as Prince Charles and Princess Diana
However, the insider does not disclose which prime minister the king allegedly held the meeting with.
The Crown notes that Charles believed his mother, 65, was repeating Queen Victoria’s mistakes by refusing to step aside for a younger heir.
Last month, Sir John told the Mail on Sunday that the meeting never took place and described the scene as “a barrel load of malicious nonsense”.
A source said: “All the individual conversations you see on screen are sheer fiction, and some scenes were created entirely for dramatic and commercial purposes with little regard for the truth. People should boycott it.
What’s more, Princess Diana’s former press secretary revealed that The Crown writers also fabricated a showdown between the late King and Queen as she admitted to giving an interview to Panorama.
Pictured Johnny Lee Miller playing John Major. Season 5 of The Crown includes a scene where Prime Minister John Major and Prince Charles discuss the possibility of him becoming regent.
In fact, Patrick said he was the one bringing the news to the Queen’s press office – just moments before the BBC contacted them.
Contrary to the play The Crown, the insider claimed that Diana “completely failed to summon the necessary courage” to tell King the explosive interview and instead sat next to Patrick in the car where he called the King’s press secretary.
In another scene, Prince Charles and Princess Diana are depicted having a fierce argument on their “second honeymoon” in the Mediterranean in 1991 after the late king suggested they go on a shopping trip.
While the drama shows the couple squabbling over a family vacation, Experts claim that this exchange actually took place two years ago in front of their hosts on a royal tour of the Middle East.
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