Season six of The Crown dropped on Thursday and one of the storylines focuses on the relationship between the late Diana, Princess of Wales and Egyptian-born film producer, Dodi Fayed.
The first four episodes cover the eight weeks leading up to the Princess and Dodi’s tragic deaths in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.
In the Netflix drama, Prince William’s character is seen telling Diana that he thinks Dodi is weird, and asks her – alongside Prince Harry – if they plan on getting engaged, which she emphatically denies.
In reality, William has never shared his opinion of Dodi publicly. Harry, however, has made comments about what he thought about his late mother’s boyfriend.
Writing in his tell-all memoir, Spare, which was published in January, the Duke of Sussex recalled a childhood flashback he had while completing his Apache helicopter training.
“Circling London one night, I was suddenly blinded, and thought for half a second that I might drop into the Thames. I saw bright colors, mostly emerald green, and after a few seconds, I realized: that someone on the ground had hit us with a laser pen. I was disoriented. And furious. But I told myself to be grateful for the experience, for the practice.
“I was also perversely grateful for the stray memory it knocked loose. Mohamed Al Fayed gave Willy and me laser pens from Harrods, which he owned. He was the father of Mummy’s boyfriend, so maybe he was trying to win us over. If so, job done. We thought those lasers were genius. We whipped them around like lightsabers.”
Harry also referenced Diana and Dodi’s relationship as he opened up about his wife Meghan’s mental health struggles in the Apple TV+ series The Me You Can’t See, which was released in May 2021.
He said of Meghan: “She was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that. Do I have any regrets? Yeah. My biggest regret is not making more of a stance earlier on in my relationship with my wife and calling out the racism when I did.
“History was repeating itself. My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone that wasn’t white and now look what’s happened. You wanna talk about history repeating itself? They’re not gonna stop until she dies. It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life.”