Prince William and Kate Middleton are predicted to face a 'rocky' year of 'PR crisis'

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to host NHS Charities Together and NHS staff at a unique drive-in cinema to watch a special screening of Disney’s Cruella at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on day six of their week-long visit to Scotland on May 26, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are predicted to be in for a "rocky" time over the next year, as the newest season of The Crown sets to depict painful moments of the Duke of Cambridge's childhood.

  • The next instalment of The Crown will cover the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage and her death, depicting painful moments of Prince William and Prince Harry's childhoods. 
  • A royal expert claims the "dredging up" of the past may be a "PR disaster" for the royal family, what with the news that Prince Harry is preparing to release a tell-all memoir. 
  • This royal news (opens in new tab) comes after the huge milestone Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall are both celebrating this year was revealed. 

A royal pro predicts that Prince William and Kate Middleton will face a difficult year ahead with the release of the next series of Netflix’s hit drama, The Crown.

The Crown season five (opens in new tab) will depict Prince William and Harry’s childhood in the 90s, detailing the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage (opens in new tab), and her death in 1997.  Though The Crown creators have stated that they are "very conscious about the responsibility (opens in new tab)" they have to portray the loss of Harry and William's mother. 

The Prince of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry outside Westminster Abbey at the funeral of Diana, The Princess of Wales on September 6, 1997.

Members of the royal family are believed to have been hurt by The Crown's depiction of the monarchy in the past. Before his death, Prince Philip himself was reportedly left "terribly upset" (opens in new tab) by the reimagining of his own childhood in the second season.

Royal expert Daniela Elser suggests that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will endure a tough time as The Crown takes to our screens once again.

Writing for, Daniela said that Kate will have to "watch her husband suffer through seeing some of the most traumatic parts of his childhood dredged up and picked over like carrion".

Princess Diana and Prince Charles pose with their sons Princes Harry and William on board royal yacht Britannia during their visit to Venice, Italy, 6th May 1985.

"The Cambridges are staring down the barrel of a very rocky 12-months that will have the entire Royal Family bracing themselves for another global PR crisis," she added. 

She also noted that the newest season of the Crown won’t be the only thing causing pain for the couple. Tensions between The Firm (opens in new tab) and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue, as the family has been left "despairing" over Harry’s memoir announcement (opens in new tab).

The Queen is said to be "extremely concerned" (opens in new tab) over Prince Harry’s Memoir, which is expected to be published in 2022 and will detail Harry’s childhood under the royal spotlight. 

It was recently revealed what Prince Harry thinks of The Crown (opens in new tab), with the Duke of Sussex, who stepped back from royal duties and moved to his new home in LA with wife Meghan Markle last year, opening up about the programme in a candid chat with James Corden.

When asked his thoughts on The Crown‘s depiction of his family, Harry (who recently signed a contract with Netflix (opens in new tab)) confirmed he’s fine with it and revealed exactly how much is factual (opens in new tab).

"They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional," he said.

"But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course it’s not strictly accurate… it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressure of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that."

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.