The Crown fact-checked – Prince William’s disappearance after Diana’s death

The Crown fact-checked – Prince William’s disappearance after Diana’s death


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WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of The Crown

The Crown season six, part one has landed and focuses on the death of Princess Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki) as well as the fallout for the Royal Family.

There were also some upsetting scenes in which a young Prince William (Rufus Kampa) and Prince Harry (Fflyn Edwards) were informed of their mother’s death by their father Prince Charles (Dominic West).

Prior to her death, the princes’ tight bond with their mother was depicted as they holidayed with her in the South of France in the summer of 1997.

However, following the tragic news, a grief-stricken Prince William was portrayed as running away while staying with his father at Balmoral.

A search party was sent out to find the future king with Prince William eventually coming back after about 14 hours.

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Did Prince William go missing after Diana died?

Many fans are curious to know whether this moment did actually happen or was creative licence on the part of The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan.

Daily Express got exclusive insight from royal historian and author Marlene Koenig, who said: “No, I looked that up.

“They were at Balmoral and it’s kinda hard to run out when you have security and everything there.

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“I think the point was they went to church the following morning. They came outside of the castle to see the flower arrangements but it would have been really difficult.”

Koenig reiterated: “I’ve never heard that. It was kind of difficult.”

She added: “[Prince William] has talked about how his family kept them away from it in the beginning and the same about the walking [behind the coffin].”

Addressing the coffin and the princes walking behind Diana’s body in the funeral procession, Koenig said it would have been a “family discussion” between all of them.

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Koenig continued: “Both confirmed by Harry and William when talked about it by both of them.

“It was difficult but the family talked about it and talked about it with them.

“Of course, Philip had said, ‘If I walk, you walk with me.’ But it was not one person making the decision, it was definitely a family decision.”

Although the young princes would have felt pressure to do the walk, Koenig said their father, grandfather and their uncle were with them. “It was not as if they were walking alone,” she said.

She recalled: “There were times where you saw Charles put his arm on one of this sons, so they were there for them.

“It’s not as if they weren’t and the boys didn’t say no. But I also think at that age they felt the pressure that they should do it, even though they wouldn’t know what it would feel like – because they had the support of the family.”

The Crown season 6, part 1 is streaming on Netflix now

The Crown season 6, part 2 will be released on Netflix on December 14

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