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Royals slam Netflix over new series of The Crown


Emma Corrin as Diana (Netflix)

Emma Corrin as Diana (Netflix)

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Emma Corrin as Diana (Netflix)

The Royal family has reportedly hit out at the latest series of Netflix blockbuster The Crown.

The fourth season, which charts Queen Elizabeth II's reign was made available on the streaming platform yesterday.

It opens with the assassination of Lord Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin, by the IRA. He was particularly close with Prince Charles who considered him a mentor.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported on friends of Prince Charles who said the family accused the show of "trolling on a Hollywood budget" and questioned the need for it to "drag up things that happened during very difficult times".

It was claimed the show was "made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited."

The Crown has been one of the most popular shows for Netflix since its debut in 2016, with the series winning several awards, including a Golden Globe.

The new series begins with the rise to power of Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, in 1979, and the IRA assassination of Lord Mountbatten played by Charles Dance, during a fishing trip in Ireland.

The assasination in the fishing village of Mullaghmore in Co Sligo saw a 50lb remote-controlled bomb detonated, killing Lord Mountbatten, his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, Lady Doreen Bradbourne and 15-year-old boat boy Paul Maxwell.

Those close to the Royal Family are said to be unhappy with the portrayal of the events of that day, with some questioning the new relationship Prince Harry has with the streaming giant, in light of the reaction to the show.

There was also criticism aimed at the portrayal of the relationship between Prince Charles and Diana, with Royal insiders reported by the Daily Mail newspaper said to show the family in an "unflattering light" and that many of the scenes involving the Prince and Duchess were inaccurate.

Emma Corrin, who portrays Princess Diana during the early stages of her relationship with Prince Charles has admitted she "can't imagine" how William and Harry feel about the series.

"I'd be interested to know what they think ... If I ever saw them at a party, I'd probably leave."

The Crown also marks the return of Josh O'Connor as the Prince of Wales, and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker-Bowles, as well as Olivia Colman as the Queen, Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

Belfast Telegraph