‘The Crown’ under fire for villainous portrayal of Mohamed Al-Fayed: ‘Bulls—t’
18.11.2023 - 22:05
“The Crown’s” highly-anticipated final season dropped on Netflix this week, with viewers tuning in to see how the series would portray the days before Princess Diana’s tragic death.The beloved royal died alongside her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, in a car crash on Aug. 31 1997, just weeks after they began a whirlwind love affair.“The Crown” shows Dodi’s father, Mohamed Al-Fayed (played by Palestinian actor Salim Daw) as having a hand in manufacturing their relationship in an effort to secure himself British citizenship.However, experts are unimpressed by the show’s producers painting the former Harrod’s owner as a villain.Royal expert Robert Jobson told Newsweek recently that “it’s disrespectful and it’s easy to attack the dead.” Mohamed died on Aug.
30 this year at the age of 94 — almost 26 years to the day that Diana and Dodi perished.When asked about claims that Mohamed may have manufactured his son’s romance with the princess, Jobson said: “I don’t think it’s true but I think Mohamed would have tried to manipulate the situation because he was a canny old f–ker.”“He wouldn’t have pushed [Diana] to do it but he would have seen the opportunities involved,” he added. But Jobson insists that Mohamed was not motivated in any way by trying to attain a UK passport, calling that plot line “bullsh-t.”The Egyptian billionaire was rejected twice for British citizenship throughout his lifetime.
“The Crown” shows Mohamed feeling disappointed by Dodi, who in turn appears as someone struggling to get out from under his stern father’s thumb. But Jobson says that portrayal is not accurate.
“Mohamed was a very different person in public compared to how he was in private,” he said. “He was very funny in private amongst people who he
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