Friends of Prince Charles have reportedly launched a blistering attack on The Crown, claiming that ‘fiction is presented as fact’ on the show.
Some of Charles’s confidants are said to have accused show bosses of ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’ with their depiction of Charles and Diana’s relationship.
The fourth series of the drama launched today, and focuses on the build-up and break down of the marriage between Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Diana (Emma Corrin).
The series depicts the pair’s extra-marital relations, as well as exploring Diana’s fight against an eating disorder. Some of the scenes are so graphic that a trigger warning is placed at the beginning of episodes.
As the Daily Mail reports, an insider said: ‘This is drama and entertainment for commercial ends being made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited.’
‘In this case, it’s 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.’
There were also reportedly fresh concerns raised over Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to sign a deal with Netflix earlier this year. The pair are set to produce documentaries, films and children’s programmes in light of the series.
Meanwhile, The Crown viewers were left disappointed after the series didn’t show Charles and Diana’s getting married, despite the ceremony being teased in the season four trailer.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment.
The Crown is available now on Netflix.
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