This is what The Crown gets very right and very wrong about Princess Diana and the AIDS crisis
The Crown season four finally introduces Princess Diana and touches on her legacy of fighting HIV/AIDS stigma – with mixed results.
It’s hard to think of a decade with more lasting impact on the lives of queer people than the 1980s, from the passage of Section 28 by Margaret Thatcher to the AIDS crisis and demonization of queer people in public life.
The long-lingering trauma of the decade still looms large today, and the writers of The Crown had a steep challenge in attempting to depict the polar extremes of Thatcher and Princess Diana, the latter of whom is still remembered as one of the shining beacons of the community during the AIDS epidemic.
Years before another member of the royal family would be willing to public acknowledge either HIV
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