Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell delivers verdict on The Crown season four

Former royal butler Paul Burrell has said season four of Netflix's The Crown is a "fair and accurate dramatisation" of the royal family's treatment of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The latest instalment of the award-winning show charts the arrival in the early 1980s of Diana, played by Emma Corrin, and prime minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson,

Burrell, Diana's butler and one of her closest confidantes, said the new series showed "the truth in many ways" and suggested the royal family would prefer if the tale had remained untold.

Appearing on ITV's Lorraine, the 62-year-old said: "I think it's the best series yet. It is spectacular. There are stellar performances form Emma Corrin as the young Diana and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles. But of course I think the show is stolen by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.

"But what a series. This is just a peek behind the doors of Buckingham Palace, that perhaps the palace don't want you to see because this is the truth in many ways. It's a fair and accurate dramatisation of what happened."

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File photo dated 29/6/1994 of the Princess of Wales arriving at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park to attend a gala dinner as its patron. Twenty-five years ago, the Princess of Wales stepped out in her "revenge dress".
Diana and the Queen snapped in good spirits.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales rides in the passenger seat of a vintage Mercedes-Benz.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles at William's first day at Eton.
circa 1965: A young Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, 7th March 1981.
Prince Charles  and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales kissing his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage.
Princess Diana on her wedding day.
(FILE PHOTO) The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara.
A pregnant Princess of Wales joins the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, June 1982. The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy are among the group. 
(FILE PHOTO) The Princess of Wales attends a dinner held by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in Islamabad during her official visit to Pakistan, September 1991.
Princess Diana pictured in a tiara.

Diana looks deep in thought on her wedding day.

Princess Diana smiles for the cameras.
Princess Diana in a stylish evening gown.
Princess Diana and Prince Philip at a polo match in Windsor on July 26th , 1987.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with Prince Harry on September 16, 1984.
Princess Diana with her sons William and Harry in 1995.
Princess Diana pictured in a stylish beret.
Princess Diana is snapped in India.
Princess Diana doing charity work.
Princess Diana holding Harry as a baby.
Princess Diana meeting members of the public.
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Princess Diana pictured with young William.
Princess Diana is seen holding hands with her two young sons William and Harry.
Princess Diana with William and Harry.
Diana with her sons in December 1995.
Diana pictured with Charles.

An adorable Prince William and Prince Harry can be seen standing beside their mother, Princess Diana, as a little girl gives flowers to the Queen Mother in 1991.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kissing Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, at a polo match.
Diana gets involved in a parents' day race.

Diana dazzles in a green frock.

Diana and Charles pictured at a glamorous evening event.
Diana and Charles pose for a formal picture.
Charles and Diana boarding a flight.
Charles and Diana as newlyweds.
Diana sporting a casual look.

Diana wears a tartan outfit to match Charles' kilt for a trip to Scotland.

A young Diana shows off sapphire sparkler.
Diana dazzles in white frock and tiara during trip to the Middle East.
Diana pictured with baby Harry.
Diana poses for pictures with members of the public during a walkabout.
Diana and Charles enjoy a family day out.
Diana pictured alongside a stern-faced Queen.
Diana pictured alongside Princess Anne.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Mr Burrell also recalled meeting Diana for the first time at Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home of the royal family.

Describing Corrin's portrayal of the princess, he said: "I watch it from profile and I think it is her. I think she has got it exactly. Her mannerisms and the way she talks.

"I am feeling it again. I am feeling her personality being dismantled behind the scenes by these people who don't really care. They are all gods in their own kingdoms and they are just looking after themselves.

"They didn't take care of her. They didn't give her praise. She only got negativity. She became a victim because of the way she was treated."

Season four of The Crown documents the romance between Charles and Diana, including their first meeting when she was still at school, the engagement interview when he uttered the famous line "whatever in love means", and their blockbuster wedding.

Referring to a previous segment on Lorraine, Mr Burrell added: "You were just talking just then with Dr Alex about mental health.

"Well, it wasn't understood back then but, boy, Diana was sure a case for someone suffering with mental health."

It's not just Mr Burrell who being given his verdict on the latest series, and some have been less than complimentary.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Emma Corrin attends the LA premiere of Epix's "Pennyworth" at Harmony Gold on July 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Emma Corrin and Paloma Faith attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor at the "The Crown" Set Visit at undisclosed location on March 02, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: Emma Corrin attends the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 03, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Emma Corrin attends the photocall of the Miu Miu Women's Tales at the 77th Venice Film Festival on September 06, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage,)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Corrin is seen arriving at the Excelsior during the 77th Venice Film Festival on September 07, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Emma Corrin attends the "Misbehaviour" World Premiere at The Ham Yard Hotel on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Emma Corrin during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2020. Photo credit should read: PA Media on behalf of So TV (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Emma Corrin attends a VIP preview of "Go On Then: Tomo Campbell" at The Cob Gallery on October 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Simon Heffer, writing in the Telegraph, calls the new series "a disgrace" and "an appalling travesty of history, wilfully misrepresenting everyone from Mrs Thatcher to the Queen."

Meanwhile, the Mail reports that royal experts have are appalled by graphic scenes which portray Princess Diana's struggle with bulimia.

In another report, the Mail reveals that Palace sources have slammed the show.

"This is drama and entertainment for commercial ends being made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited,' said one insider.

"In this case, it's dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone's feelings. That isn't right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don't represent the truth."

The latest Crown season begins with Baroness Thatcher's rise to power in 1979 and the assassination by the IRA of Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance) during a fishing trip in Ireland.

Josh O'Connor returns as the Prince of Wales, with Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker-Bowles, Olivia Colman as the Queen, Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

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