Palace reportedly upset over 'cruel' portrayal of Prince Charles in The Crown

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Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown.
Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown.
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  • Royal Biographer Penny Junor says she thinks Prince Charles will be "incredibly upset" about season four of The Crown.
  • The new season which is currently streaming on Netflix sees the introduction of Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and follows her tumultuous relationship with Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor).
  • Insiders close to the royal family say, however, that Charles and Camilla (Emerald Fennel) are portrayed in a "very unflattering light" and Prince William too is "none too pleased" about it.

It seems the palace is not happy about the way Prince Charles is being portrayed in the latest season of The Crown.

Season four of The Crown sees the introduction of Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and the beginning of her loneliness as she becomes Prince Charles' (Josh O'Connor) fiancé, before digging deeper into their unhappy marriage, with Emerald Fennell to play Camilla Parker Bowles.

Since it released on Netflix over the weekend, royal experts and palace insiders have slammed creator Peter Morgan for the series.

Royal Biographer Penny Junor tells The Times she thinks Charles himself will be "incredibly upset" about the series. "It's the most cruel and unfair and horrible portrayal of almost all of them," she says, adding they've "invented stuff to make expensive and very rich drama".

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According to the Mail on Sunday, Prince William is also "none too pleased" with the portrayal, while friends of Charles says the series is "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," they said of Charles and Camilla being portrayed in a "very unflattering light".

"There is no sense of telling carefully nuanced stories – it's all very two-dimensional. This is trolling with a Hollywood budget. The public shouldn't be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal of what really happened."

Though the queen's communications secretary has previously said the series is a "fictionalised interpretation of historical events", Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also come under fire, having signed a big deal with Netflix this year.

One insider says: "There are raised eyebrows about Harry taking millions from the company that's behind all this... After all where do much of Netflix's profits come from? The Crown."

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