Buckingham Palace is reportedly pretty concerned about the upcoming season of The Crown showing “all-out war” between then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The Telegraph reports that the palace has “moved to protect” Charles’s reputation ahead of the season and notes that the timing “could not have been worse” with the show coming just two months into his reign.
Oh, and apparently, this is the new clip from The Crown that has everyone on edge:
A senior royal source told The Telegraph over the weekend that The Crown is “a drama, not a documentary,” while a friend of the King’s called the show “exploitative” and said that Netflix would have “no qualms about mangling people’s reputations,” adding, “What people forget is that there are real human beings and real lives at the heart of this.”
Netflix decided not to delay the release of season 5 in the wake of the Queen’s death, and apparently it will cover 1992—a particularly rough year for the Queen when Prince Charles’s and Prince Andrew’s marriages ended and Princess Anne divorced her then-husband Mark Phillips. Plus, both Princess Diana’s Panorama interview (which was obtained unethically) and Prince Charles’s interview where he admitted to cheating will be included in the show.
Per a Telegraph source, “You will see the King and the Queen Consort on state business in the UK and abroad, and people will have more of an opportunity to compare the real people with the fiction they see in The Crown. In the past, they didn’t get so much coverage, so in that sense, it was harder for people to be able to compare and contrast the drama with the reality.”
The Crown drops on November 9, and Prince Charles is being played by Dominic West, while Elizabeth Debicki is taking on the role of Princess Diana. More details below!
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