Princess Diana’s friend Jemima Khan withdraws support for The Crown over ‘disrespectful’ script after break-up from Netflix show’s creator
- Jemima Khan, 47, a close friend of Princess Diana’s, has pulled out of The Crown
- She helped develop stories for the show and also dated its creator Peter Morgan
- Khan has said the script was not as ‘compassionate’ as she hoped it would be
Princess Diana’s friend Jemima Khan has withdrawn support for The Crown over its ‘disrespectful’ script after she broke-up from the Netflix show’s creator.
Khan, 47, was hired to advise writer Tony Morgan, 58, who she enjoyed a brief romance with from this January to February.
But Khan has refused a writing credit and backed out of the project because the show wasn’t handling Diana’s story ‘as respectfully or compassionately’ as she had hoped.
Morgan has since been reunited with his partner of four years Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in the show.
Diana, Princess of Wales with Jemima Khan and her son on a British royal tour of Pakistan in 1997
Emma Corrin played Diana in series four of The Crown, which portrayed her struggles with the public eye and marriage to Prince Charles
Khan said she left the project because the show wasn’t handling Diana’s story ‘as respectfully or compassionately’ as she had hoped, The Sunday Times reported.
From last September to this February the film producer worked with Morgan on stories such as Diana’s relationships with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed as well as her sensational BBC Panorama interview with Martin Bashir.
Khan added that she agreed to help write the fifth series when approached by Morgan in 2019 even though she hadn’t publicly spoken about her past with Diana because she wanted her story to be ‘portrayed accurately’.
Jemima married Imran Khan in 1995 but they divorced nine years later. Diana visited the pair twice in 1996 and 1997
Diana with Imran and Jemima Khan in 1997. From last September to this February the film producer worked with Peter Morgan on stories such as Diana’s relationships with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed
She said she requested that her ‘contributions be removed from the series’ and declined a writing credit.
A spokesman for The Crown said that Khan has ‘been a friend, fan and vocal public supporter’ of the show since its beginning and that while she has been a ‘well-informed source’ she was never contracted as a writer.
Khan was associate editor of political magazine The New Statesman and was European editor-at-large for the US magazine Vanity Fair and now runs a film production company.
Khan, pictured, said the series was not as ‘compassionate’ as she hoped it would be
She has two sons – Suleiman, 24, and 21-year-old Kasim – from her marriage to former cricketer Imran Khan, now Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Hasnat Khan’s distant cousin.
The couple married in 1995 but divorced nine years later. Diana visited the pair twice in 1996 and 1997.
Since then, the daughter of the late tycoon James Goldsmith and socialite Lady Annabel Goldsmith has dated several high-profile men including Hugh Grant, Russell Brand and Shane Warne (ex of Liz Hurley).
Peter Morgan has gained critical acclaim as the writer behind Netflix hit The Crown (pictured in 2017)
Father-of-five Morgan was nominated for an Academy Award for his script for the 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren.
His other screenwriting credits include the movies Frost/Nixon and The Damned United, as well as the acclaimed stage play The Audience.
In September shots captured in sunny southern Spain showed director Philip Martin on set of the highly anticipated fifth series of The Crown, which is thought to cover the Royal Family from the 1990s to 2003.
There were no official visits to Spain by the royals in the 1990s and it is thought that the crew could have been recreating scenes from when Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed visited St. Tropez together in 1997.