Andrew Morton, biographer of Princess Diana, shared that Elizabeth Debicki’s performance as the member of the British royal family in the recently released season 5 of The Crown blew him away.
Morton collaborated with the Princess on the writing of Diana: Her True Story, which was published in July 1992. The book exposed Diana’s misery in her marriage to the incredulous Prince Charles. Additionally, it details his struggles with bulimia and his times of loneliness and depression.
Although Morton dismissed speculation at the time that Diana helped write the book Diana: Her True Story, it turned out to be a publishing sensation. Additionally, the industry has translated it into 29 languages and has reportedly sold five million copies worldwide.
His work practically marked the end of the royal wedding. Then, in December 1992, Prime Minister John Major revealed that the two had separated.
The latest season of the hit Netflix series features Morton and Diana’s team-up in the book.
“It left me breathless, and it took me back all those years,” Morton said on Friday’s episode of Good Morning America. “I mean, I don’t say this very often, but I was shaken.”
While writing Diana: Her True Story, Morton sent the questions to the princess’ friend Dr. James Colthurst. Then Diana recorded the answers to the author’s questions.
In the interview with GMA, Morton said he was unaware of Diana’s tense state of mind when he started writing the book.
“What I didn’t realize at the time was her sense of isolation, her sense of despair inside the royal system,” he stated.
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Merely months after the royal highness’ death, Morton released a new installment of the book, Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, in October 1997.
This time, the author clarified the primary source of the original book was Diana herself. Furthermore, the new book contained edited transcripts of her recorded replies to his queries.
Morton served as a consultant on the fifth season of The Crown. Moreover, Andrew Steele (Outlander) portrays him on the show.
“The scriptwriters had asked me all kinds of questions like, what was the color of the wallpaper in my daughter’s bedroom. Because that’s where I had an office for a time,” he shared with GMA.
Previously, the author complimented Emma Corrin’s depiction of Diana in the fourth season of The Crown. He said it was the most realistic he had seen so far.
“I found the buildup to the wedding very affecting. As there was a slowly unfolding realization on both sides that they were heading toward an unwanted and unhappy outcome, namely the royal wedding,” Morton stated.
“It reminded me of what a close friend of Diana’s said about the whole wretched mess when I was searching Diana: Her True Story. ‘I am sorry for the tragedy of it all. My heart bleeds for the whole misunderstanding. But it bleeds most for Diana.'”
The Crown’s fifth season is currently available on Netflix.
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