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Royal chef blasts The Crown - recalls loved-up Charles and Diana Balmoral dance

Prince William: Expert on role royal holds 'close to heart'

Darren McGrady said the couple were happier than their on-screen versions and recalled a besotted dancefloor moment. The Netflix show’s fourth season focuses on the Diana-Charles-Camilla love triangle and the breakdown of their marriage.

The future king has faced backlash over the historical drama’s portrayal of events, which sees lonely Diana pining for her disinterested husband.

But Mr McGrady spent many hours in the presence of Diana and Charles as he worked for The Queen at Buckingham Palace for 11 years.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana and her relationship to Prince Charles is portrayed in the series (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library / Getty)

He then moved to Diana’s Kensington Palace residence from 1993 to 1997.

Mr McGrady told Insider: "I saw the two of them, I saw them dancing at the Ghillies Ball at Balmoral.

“Everyone was stepping aside and whooping. Charles was the DJ, and Diana in her ballgown.

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Prince Charles

Others have defended The Crown's portrayal of certain royals such as Prince Charles (Image: Tim P. Whitby / WPA Pool / Getty)

“She spun him around so fast, he was laughing out loud. You can't hide that.

“Don't say they were never in love, because seeing things like that ... they should have portrayed more things like that."

Analysts have described the series as shining a harsh light on the couple’s relationship, which eventually ended in divorce.

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Prince Harry and Prince William walking

Prince Harry and Prince William have commissioned a statue of Princess Diana, due to be revealed this year (Image: Shaun Botterill / Getty)

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Crown estate graph (Image: EXPRESS)

Diana was also 16 when she first met the prince, then 29.

Some have defended the series’ portrayal of Charles, including former royal butler Paul Burrell, who agreed with the 'cold' and 'uncaring' depiction.

Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer, said last year the series caused him some concern because “Americans tell me they have watched ‘The Crown’ as if they have taken a history lesson”.

The Crown cast

The Crown portrays the Royal Family over the years (Image: Rich Fury / Getty)

He said on ‘Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh’: “There is a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention, isn’t there? You can hang it in fact but the bits in between are not fact.”

A statue of Princess Diana is due to be installed in July this year to commemorate what would have been her 60th birthday.

It was commissioned by her sons Prince William and Prince Harry to “recognise her positive impact”.

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