Netflix hit series, The Crown, is facing more controversy before the launch of the fifth installment.

Friends of Diana, who were previously supportive of the show, are now speaking out to denounce it. Jemima Khan, who knew Diana socially, has withdrawn her support of the series.

Khan, previously contributed to the script but became concerned that it was not ‘as respectful’ as she had hoped. She told the Sunday Times: “We worked together on the outline and scripts from September 2020 until February 2021. When our co-writing agreement was not honoured, and when I realised that a 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.”

Jemima Khan

Princess Diana, pictured with Jemima Khan. Photo by Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Close friends of the Royal Family have previously hit out at the series claiming that it’s not clear enough the story is fictional. They have been especially critical of the unflattering depiction of Prince Charles and his treatment of Diana on the show.

A spokesperson for The Crown made the following statement to the Sunday Times. “Jemima Khan has been a friend, fan and a vocal public supporter of The Crown since season one. She has been part of a wide network of well-informed and varied sources who have provided extensive background information to our writers and research team, providing context for the drama that is The Crown.”

Actress, Elizabeth Debicki, will take up the role of Diana, while Dominic West will play Prince Charles. Imelda Staunton takes over from Olivia Coleman in the role of the Queen. The TV series returns to our screens on the 15th of November. For more on the series launch click here.