Duchess Camilla might be willing to watch the latest series of the Crown, but Prince William and Prince Harry won’t be tuning in. While the princes are believed to have watched some of the previous seasons of the Netflix drama, sources say they will be giving the latest—and arguably most controversial series—a wide berth.
“Harry has seen the trailers for series four but I can’t see him watching it,” a source close to the Duke told Vanity Fair, while a friend of William’s said that he has “no desire” to watch a fictitious depiction of the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, as well as his baby years.
“The feeling is that the latest series would actually be quite sad for them to watch,” a well-placed source told Vanity Fair.
According to reports, the Queen, who has never watched the show but has followed the stories about it in the media, and Prince Philip are upset about the inaccuracies in the drama, in particular how family rows and relationships have been played out and presented as fact rather than a work of fiction.
In previous seasons Philip was strongly implied to have had an affair with a ballerina, and was depicted ignoring his mother Princess Alice when she stayed at Buckingham Palace. Neither of the stories are true.
Last week sources close to Prince Charles and Camilla told Vanity Fair they were concerned that The Crown was being presented as fact, and accused Netflix of cashing in on the royals. “Many royal historians and experts have dismissed it as fiction but Netflix is playing a dangerous game,” said one royal source. “They’re making money out of characterizing people who work hard for the nation. If people are using the series as a textbook for royal history that’s troublesome. Netflix has a duty to be upfront about its programming and the producers should be more honest about what is fact and what is fiction. It’s not the first drama about a difficult chapter but a bit more honesty on the program makers’ part about it being a drama wouldn’t go amiss.”
The fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed a lucrative deal with the TV streaming giant also has the potential for controversy, with some commentators criticizing the Sussexes for taking money from the same company that produces The Crown. Prince Harry had reportedly previously admitted to being a fan of the show, but has said he wants the series to end “before it reaches me.”
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