Paul Burrell says The Crown season 4 is ‘best yet’ and that series is ‘the truth’
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The Crown is back for season 4 on Netflix, with the arrival of Emma Corrin's Princess Diana, and Gillian Anderson's portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
It's had rave reviews, and now Paul Burrell, the former royal butler, has said it's "the best yet".
He sat down to watch the new season, which focuses on his late friend Diana, Princess of Wales, and her introduction to the royal family.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, he confessed actress Emma's portrayal of Diana was like seeing her on screen.
After watching the first three episodes, he believes the season is the best so far – claiming Gillian had stolen the show.
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He also suggested that the royals wouldn't be watching the series based on themselves, and possibly wouldn't want viewers learning palace secrets.
But he insisted that what was shown in the series was "the truth", and was an "accurate dramatisation" of what really happened.
Paul said: "I've watched already the first three episodes of The Crown, and I think it's the best series yet.
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"It is spectacular, with stellar performances form Emma as the young Diana and Josh as young Charles.
"But of course it's stolen by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher."
Paul went on: "It's a peak behind the doors of Buckingham Palace, that perhaps the palace don’t want you to see because this is the truth in many ways.
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"It's a fair and accurate dramatisation of what happened."
Host Lorraine said she thought it was "remarkable" he had said that, given his link to the palace and the royals.
On Emma's portrayal of his friend, he added: "It's her… and her mannerisms and the way she talks, and I'm feeling it again, her personality being dismantled behind the scenes by these people who don't really care."
The Crown season four is available on Netflix.