Princess Diana's long-term lover James Hewitt has been left out of the latest series of The Crown – leaving fans scratching their heads.
Major Hewitt made a fleeting appearance in season four of Netflix's controversial royal drama – but does not feature in season five, which aired on the streaming platform earlier this month.
It has been reported that Diana and James’ affair lasted from 1986 until 1991 – a year before the Princess of Wales separated from then-husband, Charles.
But, despite the new season of The Crown covering some of that period, James was notably missing from the show – leaving some fans wondering why.
His absence was discussed on the latest episode of the Royally Us podcast, when host Christina Garibaldi read out a 'Royal Watcher' comment from Barbara, a viewer of the show, which pointed it out.
Ms Garibaldi, quoting Barbara's comment, said: "One of the things that stood out to me was [that] there was no mention of James Hewitt, who was in Diana's life for a long time and she described him as the love of her life."
Co-host Christine Ross added: "As soon as I read it, I was thinking to myself, ‘you're so right’.
"How did you leave out this entire, you know, chapter of this drama."
She went on: “They play a little bit in the last season on Diana having her own affairs but I think The Crown, they're trying to depict a larger narrative this season and so they've left out things that didn't tell the story that they were trying to get to at the end.
"Which is a shame because we've missed so many really interesting historical moments."
After Major Hewitt, Diana is known to have had a relationship with surgeon Hasnat Khan, who is featured in the latest series of The Crown.
But the Netflix show has come in for criticism in recent weeks over its apparent lack of historical accuracy.
Stage and screen veteran Dame Judi Dench called for a disclaimer to be added to each episode, saying the programme had begun to verge on “crude sensationalism”.
Sir John Major, meanwhile, is said to have described scenes, which depict the King, then the Prince of Wales, plotting to oust the Queen, as “malicious nonsense”.
In recent days, Lady Glenconner, a childhood friend of the Queen, said The Crown made her “so angry” as it was “unfair” to the Royal Family.
During an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she referred to an episode in series two which implied that Prince Philip was blamed for his sister Cecilie taking the flight that resulted in her death in a plane crash in 1937.
Lady Glenconner said this was “completely untrue”, adding: “I think to say something like that about people is terribly hurting. I mean, nobody wants to have their relations trashed like that.”
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