Dominic West's Fractured Bond with Prince Harry: A Royal Friendship Turned Sour



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Dominic West's Fractured Bond with Prince Harry: A Royal Friendship Turned Sour
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In a surprising turn of events, Dominic West, famed for his role in "The Crown," has revealed a significant shift in his once close relationship with Prince Harry. The actors, who once shared a memorable journey hiking through Iceland's Langjökull Glacier for the 2013 Walking With the Wounded challenge, find their friendship on thin ice today.

This revelation emerges amid West's portrayal of Prince Charles in the final seasons of the acclaimed Netflix series, "The Crown." According to West, the rift originated from comments he made during a press conference in 2014.

While celebrating their Arctic trek's conclusion, West disclosed that the group, including Prince Harry, indulged in a "two-day bender" with Icelandic truck drivers and some potent homemade brew. The details, he now realizes, might have been too candid for the royal's comfort.

Harry's Memoir Influences West

However, Prince Harry's influence unexpectedly permeated West's performance in "The Crown." The actor admitted to using insights from Harry's memoir, "Spare," particularly for a poignant scene where Charles informs young Harry and William about Princess Diana's tragic passing.

Despite the frosty personal relations, West acknowledges the memoir's impact on his portrayal. Prince Harry, on his part, has shown a nuanced stance towards "The Crown." In a 2021 interview on "The Late Late Show," he differentiated the fictionalized drama from the often speculative and sensationalized news coverage about his family, expressing more comfort with the former.

But the intertwining of fact and fiction in "The Crown" remains a subject of intrigue. Season six delves into various historical moments, including Princess Diana's escape to Saint-Tropez to avoid Camilla Parker Bowles' birthday and the speculated romance between Diana and Dodi Fayed.

The season navigates the delicate balance between real events and dramatized narrative, leaving viewers to discern where reality ends and fiction begins. As the world anticipates the final season of "The Crown," the spotlight not only shines on the dramatized lives of the royals but also casts a reflective light on the intricate, sometimes strained relationships between the actors and their real-life counterparts.

Dominic West's revelation about his fallout with Prince Harry adds another layer to the complex tapestry of "The Crown," blurring the lines between the personal and the portrayed.

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