The royal commentators cannot STFU about The Crown’s Season 4. And all of it is bizarrely driving more interest in the series and Netflix, I guarantee. It’s not like anyone in the palace can put the genie back in the bottle – any conversation, any dramatization of the Windors in the 1980s and 1990s will end up making them look like a–holes because that’s exactly what they were and what they still are. When Diana died, they selectively co-opted her memory and pushed a revisionist history about her life and times. And here we are: royal chickens coming home to roost. Now the current commentary is that “Charles, the Queen and William are all on the same page, that The Crown is trash.” And don’t forget the “Harry and Meghan are horrible for scoring a lucrative Netflix deal” commentary too. So here’s the latest:
Prince Harry won’t U-turn on his £75million Netflix deal despite the fierce criticism of The Crown’s portrayal of his parents, royal commentators claimed today. The Duke of Sussex is ‘unlikely to see a clash’ between series four of the royal drama and the deal he and wife Meghan made with the California-based broadcaster. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said Harry may even agree with the ‘derisory portrayal of the Royal Family as a rather sinister, uncaring and often cruel institution’.
Other royal experts have lined up to criticise the drama, including Ingrid Seward who called it ‘pretty inaccurate’, Dickie Arbiter who said ‘some of the actions are fiction’ and Sally Beddell Smith who warned ‘the level of invention has been growing’.
Inaccuracies in the drama have also been slammed, including that Charles saw Lord Mountbatten as more of a father-figure than Prince Philip, and that Margaret Thatcher told the Queen she thought women were incapable of holding high office.
Mr Fitzwilliams said the show portrays Charles as a ‘selfish, insecure wimp’, adding: ‘He is self pitying and brutal to Diana after, for example, her success in New York. His physicality is curious, it heightens the aura of inadequacy which this portrayal emphasizes. He is in love in Camilla but viewers will not sympathise with this portrayal. It is made clear that he is a product of an extremely dysfunctional family.’
The expert added that Diana ‘comes across as someone who is deeply stressed, we see bouts of bulimia, because she is a victim’. He said: ‘Gradually we see her spread her magic. She needs affection and to be appreciated. Emma Corrin is well cast in the role which is sympathetic.’
And the royal expert said: ‘William will undoubtedly detest it. I think, if he watches it, he will see it as deeply intrusive and will think its portrayal of senior royals as so malign and ill-mannered as callous and the way it takes so many liberties with fact as deeply deplorable. Harry is unlikely to see a clash between it and the Netflix deal which he and Meghan have made. He would probably argue that despite enormous dramatic licence the series has a vast audience, many of whom are fascinated by it and untroubled by how it ignores facts. Meghan won’t appear. They, as we know, were unhappy as senior royals and may agree with this derisory portrayal of the royal family as a rather sinister, uncaring and often cruel institution.’
[From The Daily Mail]
A few things… Charles WAS deeply upset and unsettled by Diana’s popularity and he was an incredibly jealous, petty man. Lord Mountbatten WAS the father he never had – Philip terrorized him as a child, and Dickie understood his sensitive nature, and helped guide him into the man he is today. And what Charles and Camilla did to Diana should never be understated – they both chose Diana because they thought she was a meek little mouse who could be easily manipulated and tossed aside once she had been a successful broodmare. Neither of them understood Diana’s popularity or why “the people” loved her so much.
As for what William and Harry think about all of this – bizarrely, I’ve yet to read anything which has the feel of a strategic leak from Kensington Palace. I think Charles’ office is the one doing damage control, and Charles is using William’s name as cover. “Oh, William will be so upset!” Yeah, upset because it’s another reminder that Charles and the entire family tried to destroy his mother. So much dysfunction.
Promotional photos courtesy of The Crown/Netflix.