Former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter reflects on Crown portrayal of Charles and Diana: “They couldn’t hold hands”


At this point, viewers of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ have been inundated with warnings from commentators and royal historians that the show is a heavily dramatized version of the British Royal Family and should not be viewed as a fact.Now, Queen Elizabeth II’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter is speaking out on how the show depicts a number of scenes, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship.

Princess Diana is introduced to viewers in season four, but the show plays on the narrative that the couple were never happy in their unhappy marriage, which Arbiter disagrees with.

“I remember touring right after their marriage in 1981 and she was the first Princess of Wales for about 80 years, so it was a big deal. They couldn’t hold hands! Charles used to stroke her butt regularly, ”Arbiter told True Royalty’s“ The Royal Beat ”.


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Arbiter was the Queen’s press secretary for 12 years and wrote the book In service with the queen.

He added: “There were times he even pressed him, even in Australia. There was a relationship from the start. There was genuine love and happiness there.

Arbiter also commented on the so-called “Balmoral Test,” which shows a very ill-prepared Margaret Thatcher spending time at Balmoral, including stalking in the mud with heels on and appearing in formal wear while everyone else. world was still in outer dress.

“What a load of claptrap,” he said. “No one is put to the test. Before anyone visits Balmoral, they are informed of what is going on and what clothes to pack. Not how to behave, because you are expected to use common sense. Margaret Thatcher would have no way of getting out in her heels.


The referee also commented on the BBC’s investigation into Martin Bashir and his Panorama interview with Princess Diana. He called their choice of Lord Dyson to lead the seemingly independent investigation.

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“They talk about it as an independent investigation, but it’s not independent. When you appoint Lord Dyson to lead him, he is not independent. I’m afraid he won’t have access to the people who matter. Will there be a proper investigation, will there be an appropriate outcome? Or will it be a whitewash? He asked.

Lord Dyson is formerly Master of the Rolls and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

“The Royal Beat” is available on True Royalty TV.

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