The Crown's depiction of Princess Diana's ghost appearing in front of her ex-husband Prince Charles and the late Queen has been slammed by a royal expert as "breathtakingly insensitive."
The controversial scene, which will air later this month, comes following her death in Paris, and will see Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, appear before a mourning Prince Charles, played by Dominic West.
In a teaser from the imagined scene, which has caused outrage amongst fans, the late Princess tells him how much she loved him as he breaks down in tears.
It comes after Charles was previously seen sobbing over her body in a hospital morgue in Paris.
Diana tells him: "Thank you for how you were in the hospital. So raw, broken – and handsome. I'll take that with me.
"You know I loved you so much. So deeply, so painfully too. That's over now. It will be easier for everyone with me gone."
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In response to the backlash, a Netflix source said that Elizabeth's appearances as Diana after her death are "visualisations of innermost thoughts" rather than "intended to be interpreted as supernatural."
Speaking to Fabulous, royal commentator and TV presenter Jennie Bond says Netflix should be ashamed: “I don’t care how ‘sensitive’ the Netflix executives say they have been.
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"Depicting William’s dead mother as a ghost is tasteless, ghoulish and breathtakingly insensitive. And portraying her in the days that led up to her death, and her funeral, is shockingly thoughtless, painful and unnecessary.
"How would any of us feel if a TV drama decided to dramatise our mother’s sudden and tragic death? We all know what happened to Diana, and if you don’t, look it up online.
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“There is absolutely no excuse for piling on the suffering that William, and Harry, have endured since that day in 1997. Shame on Netflix.”
The scenes were blasted by fans on social media – with one calling it totally "vile."
"Please let Diana rest after this," wrote one.
A second commented: "I saw a clip of the Princess Diana ghost clip and it was vile. One of the worst things I’ve ever seen."
Season 6 of The Crown will be split into two parts, with the first four episodes featuring the story up to Diana's funeral being released from November 16.
The second installment of six episodes, which will conclude with Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' wedding, will be released onDecember 14.
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