Netflix Asked the British Royal Family to Fact Check ‘The Crown’ but They Declined
Season 4 of The Crown has finally arrived on Netflix to much fanfare. In this fourth season, creator Peter Morgan has finally introduced the audience to Princess Diana. This season chronicles the late princess’ marriage to Prince Charles and her struggles to adjust to the British royal family.
The season also explores Queen Elizabeth II’s (Olivia Coleman) relationship with Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson). Though there has been much buzz and acclaim surrounding this season and the series overall, the royals are not at all pleased with the fictional depiction of their lives. In fact, the British Culture Minister, Oliver Dowden, is now calling for a fiction label to be added to the series.
However, the royals were apparently offered the chance to fact check the series, but they declined.
Prince Charles’ reputation is suffering because of ‘The Crown’
It’s no secret that throughout his marriage to Princess Diana, Prince Charles carried on an affair with his now-wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. He was pushed to marry the princess because of his family, and Camilla was already married to Andrew Parker Bowles by the time he and the princess tied the knot.
Amid this season of The Crown, Prince Charles’ reputation is suffering as some major events from four decades ago are being relived. In fact, the future king’s team has turned off his Twitter comments to try and limit some of the outrage.
“It is quite sinister the way that [The Crown creator Peter] Morgan is clearly using light entertainment to drive a very overt republican agenda and people just don’t see it,” an alleged friend of the Prince of Wales recently told the Mail on Sunday. “They have been lured in over the first few series until they can’t see how they are being manipulated. It is highly sophisticated propaganda.”
Prince William believes Netflix is exploiting his parents with ‘The Crown’
Prince Charles isn’t the only one who is not too happy with The Crown. Prince William is also horrified about how his parents’ relationship is being depicted.
“Prince William is none too pleased with it,” a royal source told the Daily Mail. “He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.”
The Daily Mail reports that overall, the royals are miffed that Netflix doesn’t seem to be concerned about the ramifications of the bending and twisting history. They reported,
[They are] dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago, without a thought for anyone’s feelings. That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.
The British royal family refused to fact check ‘The Crown’
While the royals are turning their nose up at the drama series, Netflix did offer them a chance to contribute by fact-checking the show. According to royal correspondent and biographer Omid Scobie, Netflix reached out to the royals to give them the chance to help fact-check the series. The streaming service received a “firm no.”
I always wondered why there wasn’t more collaboration between the two. Those working on the show did reach out the palace to see if there was an opportunity for fact-checking, but the answer was a firm no. But, now we’ve reached these key years, I wonder if any royals are kicking themselves for not taking advantage of that opportunity because this narrative is being shaped for many around the world.
It looks like the royals are holding on to their stiff upper lip policy.