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Priest who gave Princess Diana the last rites hits out at Netflix’s The Crown for depicting her death

by Kelly Valencia

Princess Diana’s priest has criticised the makers of the Crown series for including a depiction of her fatal crash in the upcoming season.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Father Yves-Marie Clochard-Bossuet, who also gave Diana the last rites, described the scene as "voyeuristic and cruel”.

“It's crass, and it's certainly not necessary. Netflix are being voyeuristic.

“Their filming is commercially driven, and they are simply interested in attracting as many viewers as possible.

“There is no need to recreate the events of that night. This is because Diana has children, she has a brother and sisters, and it affects the feelings of her entire family. They will all be hurt by the reconstruction of this accident.

“We all know the facts of what happened – it is all very clear, so there is no need to produce new images of this terrible event.”

The Crown production team was seen filming in Paris last week exactly where the tragic accident occurred, the Alma tunnel.

Father Yves-Marie also recalled the night Princess Diana died. He prayed over her body for ten hours before attending a meeting with the royal family and government officials from both the UK and France.

“'When I found myself alone in the room with her, the first thing that came to my mind were her two children.

“These two young children to whom we were going to announce the tragic death of their mother.

“At the time, the only two things I really knew about Diana were that she had two young sons and that she was divorced. These were the two things that really moved me.”

Following Diana’s death, Father Yves-Marie formed a close friendship with her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, who had converted to Catholicism.

Father Yves-Marie now says a mass for Diana and her mother regularly.

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