The hit Netflix series The Crown has fired the imaginations of millions , giving viewers an unfiltered vision of the private life of privilege enjoyed by the British royal family. But while the first four seasons, focusing on the period from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation to 1990, have been praised for their relative fidelity to the facts – with some very notable exceptions – the series will doubtless meet extra scrutiny as we move into more immediate history, and encounter more figures who are currently in the global spotlight . A young Princess Diana was portrayed convincingly by Emma Corrin in season 4, but now, as is routine for the series, new actress Elizabeth Debicki will take over the role for the next season , which is currently in production. Among the most sensitive subjects is surely the legacy of the “People’s Princess” , so let’s look at how the character of Diana, Princess of Wales, stacks up against the facts we already know about the late royal. 5 British royals and their favourite scents, from the queen to Meghan Markle In The Crown : Diana runs into Charles (played in season 4 by Josh O’Connor) at her home, Althorp, when he arrives to collect her sister Lady Sarah Spencer (now McCorquodale) for a date. In reality: The Spencers and the royal family have a long history, and while Prince Charles did date Diana’s sister, how the future Princess of Wales met her husband wasn’t as accidental as the show would have us believe. In fact, McCorquodale told The Guardian in 1981 that she introduced the pair, even referring to herself as “cupid”. Is this Malaysian prince one of the world’s most eligible royal bachelors? In The Crown : Diana appears onstage at the Royal Opera House and performs a surprise choreographed dance to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel, with Charles in the audience – and he hates it. In reality: The dance really did happen, although sadly there is no footage of the princess showing off her rhythmic talents. The annual show was known for including a surprise guest performance, and in 1985, unbeknown to Charles, Diana was the guest act. Diana and her dance partner Wayne Sleep danced to the 80s song, which was a hit with the audience and resulted in a number of curtain calls. By all accounts, though, Charles was indeed miffed with the act. Tina Brown, a royal biographer, records that “Charles did not stand” after the performance, adding that made onlookers think he held a “frigid disapproval of Diana’s lapse in royal etiquette ”. 10 A-listers who are BFFs with British royals In The Crown : The relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the queen mother (portrayed by Marion Bailey) and Diana seemed seriously frosty. In reality: The queen mother and Charles were famously close, so it stands to reason the former would be protective of her grandson’s interests. Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, has confirmed that relationship between Diana and her grandmother-in-law was tense. “They didn’t have a very close relationship,” he told the UK press. “I heard her say Diana is ‘such a silly girl, doesn’t she realise, men have affairs’. That’s pretty telling, that it’s accepted and that’s what happens and you just put up with it. They got it right in The Crown .” Not like other monarchs: the Norwegian royal family’s ‘humble’ life In The Crown : The queen (portrayed by Olivia Colman) attempts to mediate in Charles and Diana’s marital problems. In reality: We’ll never really know what happened in the tight bubble of the royal family, but biographer Ingrid Seward has claimed that palace sources confirmed Diana would approach the monarch , sometimes unannounced, to express her feelings about her tumultuous marriage. Seward writes: “At first, the queen took a tolerant view of these unscheduled visits. ‘Diana was usually in a lot better mood when she left than she was when she arrived,’ one of the queen’s staff recalled. “In time, though, Elizabeth came to dread the meetings. After one session a footman said, ‘The princess cried three times in a half an hour while she was waiting to see you.’ The queen replied, ‘I had her for an hour – and she cried nonstop.’” Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .