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Meghan and Harry urged to pressure Netflix to pull ‘abhorrent’ Diana musical

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been urged to take on Netflix get them to pull the proposed screening of stage show – Diana: A New Musical.

The show was meant to have been filmed on Broadway before the coronavirus pandemic brought the end to stage shows for a number of months, but producers have said that Netflix are keen to get the filming in the can.

Princess Diana’s former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, has called for Harry to flex his muscles with Netflix after signing a multi-million pound deal with them, and get the streaming service to change its mind.

The stage show has caused consternation among royalists as it portrays the broken relationship between Princess Diana and the Queen, as well as other high ranking members of the family.

The musical reportedly has a number of controversial lines and scenes, with Diana being seen in bed with James Hewitt as well as a moment where the Queen says to her: “In the old days we would have chopped off your head.”

The fictional story also sees Diana squaring up to Camilla as well as her trying to self-harm after Prince Charles moans that they have “another boy” after Harry is born.

When the show debuted in March, it said that it would be a story of a “fearless princess who became timeless”.

Despite the controversy surrounding it, Netflix are keen to push ahead with filming it in a New York theatre, with a proposed worldwide release next year.

There are a number of flash points in the show, with Charles telling Diana that she had “ignored my request for a girl” which leads to the Princess punching a mirror and beginning to self harm.

The musical is written playwright Joe DiPietro and Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan and comes to an end with the reports that Diana had been killed in a car crash, in 1997.

The show’s producers said: “Though there is no substitute for the live theatre, we are honoured to be a part of the quality entertainment Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide.”

Diana’s former bodyguard, 72-year-old Ken Wharfe, told The Sun that Harry needed to step in and force Netflix to cancel thoughts of filming the “abhorrent” musical.

He said: “If the critics are to be believed, this musical story is not a joyous journey of love with a happy ending but an episodic account of untruths, scandal and sex.

“Harry loved his mother dearly and has spoken of her in such loving detail recently.”

Wharfe added that Harry should “stand alone from his wife and make clear his abhorrence of such a musical and call Netflix to account.”

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