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‘The Crown’: Who Actually Employed That Paparazzo to Take Photographs of Diana and Dodi?

An image actually is price a thousand phrases. On a brand new episode of Nonetheless Watching, cohosts Hillary Busis, Richard Lawson, and Chris Murphy break down episode two of season six half one among The Crown, “Two Pictures,” with VF employees author and royals skilled Erin Vanderhoof. 

A real anglophile, Vanderhoof distinguishes truth from fiction on the second episode of The Crown season six, which focuses on images taken of Diana and Charles by two very various kinds of photographers. One selection that actually shocked Vanderhoof was The Crown’s insinuation that Mohamed Al-Fayed (Salim Daw) orchestrated famed paparazzo Mario Brenna’s iconic picture of Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) and Dodi Fayed (Khalid Abdalla) embracing on the yacht, one among a set of photographs that drove tabloids loopy. 

“There’s loads of debate about who put Mario Brenna as much as that,” says Vanderhoof, earlier than sharing former Vainness Truthful editor in chief and The Diana Chronicles creator Tina Brown’s concept: that it was Diana herself who referred to as Brenna to get the shot. “She needed to make her different ex-boyfriend, Hasnat Khan jealous,” says Vanderhoof. “There’s loads of debate about whether or not it was anyone near Dodi, anyone near Diana. It’s a kind of issues that can’t actually be definitively confirmed.”

Vanderhoof additionally shared what occurred to Mohamed Al-Fayed within the years following Dodi and Diana’s dying. “We all know from actual life that he was crushed by the dying of his son,” Vanderhoof says. “His whole life was type of shaped round it. He grew to become, like, the largest proponent of all of the conspiracy theories. Like, it actually, actually crushed him.” She additionally shed some mild on the connection between the royals and their royal photographers, sharing a narrative about her personal expertise following Prince William on a press boat. 

“If you flip [in a boat], your orientation relative to William adjustments, and so then all of the photographers go working to the opposite aspect of the boat,” says Vanderhoof. “All of the reporters should then run to the opposite aspect of the boat so we don’t tip over. We’re doing cardio.”

For extra on Diana, Charles, and the paparazzi you’ll be able to hearken to the complete breakdown of “Two Pictures” under. And as at all times, ship questions and feedback and musings about The Crown season six half one to Nonetheless Watching at stillwatchingpod@gmail.com.

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