The former royal chef revealed that the first three seasons of the Netflix series, The Crown, were quite accurate. However, he said that Season 4 took “artistic license” when exploring Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship.
The chef reveals
Former royal chef Darren McGrady exclusively spoke about The Crown to US Weekly. “My goodness, they really went for the artistic license,” he told US in December while promoting his YouTube channel. “I liked the first queen [Claire Foy], the second one [Olivia Colman], I’m not so keen on. She doesn’t smile enough in there.” He was the personal chef to the royal family for 15 years. According to him, the first three seasons of the Netflix series were more accurate than the fourth one.
McGrady mentioned that Queen Elizabeth II has a “great sense of humor” and is “always smiling,” which is missing in the show. After working at Buckingham Palace for 11 years, McGrady was the chef for Diana and Charles. Some of the portrayals of the former couple in Season 4. “You see them in Australia sort of arguing and fighting, but, you know, they were happy there.” He continued, “And the same as, you know, Balmoral Castle [in Scotland], when we had the Ghillies Ball.”
He recalled, “I remember standing there watching Prince Charles and Princess Diana dancing together, and they were spinning and spinning, and the princess loved to dance. So she took advantage and she was spinning the prince faster, and then he was laughing louder and louder. And when I see The Crown and see that and think, ‘You don’t know the whole truth.’”
In Season 4 of the Netflix drama, Emma Corrin portrayed the Princess of Wales during her marriage to Charles (played by Josh O’Connor). Their story included the battle with bulimia, their relationship, and Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.