Prince Harry has fallen into a "bear trap" with his £ 75 million Netflix deal amid heavy criticism of The Crown's portrayal of his parents, royal pundits claimed today when they warned his brother William that he was going to watch the new series "undoubtedly loathe" the show.
The Duke of Sussex is "unlikely to see a conflict" between the "deeply intrusive" drama and the deal he and his wife Meghan made, commentators said, as they pointed out that his parents considered Charles a "wimp" and "brutal" and Diana were portrayed as "deeply stressed".
Richard Fitzwilliams said Harry might even agree with the "derisive portrayal of the royal family as a rather sinister, loveless, and often cruel institution," while writer Penny Junor said the 36-year-old is in a "very uncomfortable situation" right now.
Other commentators have lined up to criticize the drama, including Ingrid Seward, who called it "quite inaccurate," Dickie Arbiter who said "some of the acts are fiction," and Sally Beddell Smith who said "the level the invention has increased ".
Tom Quinn said parts of the show were "total nonsense", although Paul Burrell was full of praise and said it was a "fair and accurate dramatization of what happened".
Inaccuracies have also been noted in the drama, including that Charles viewed Lord Mountbatten as a father figure rather than Prince Philip and that Margaret Thatcher told the Queen that she considered women incapable of holding high office.
Meanwhile, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen warned The Crown had painted a twisted picture of the late Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher and her tenure, including her fight against the IRA and the decision to go to war against Argentina.
Princess Diana is played by Emma Corrin and Prince Charles is played by Josh O & # 39; Connor in The Crown
Charles and Diana with their sons Harry (left) and William (right) in the Isles of Scilly in June 1989
Ms. Junor told MailOnline: “I think Harry is going to be in a very uncomfortable situation right now. It is perhaps another example of how difficult it is to mix the royal with the business world. There are bear traps everywhere. & # 39;
She added, “I would guess William is very angry about this latest series from The Crown. And be deeply upset on behalf of his family. How is Harry.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams (above) said William would "no doubt detest" the crown
“It is a grotesque and deeply unfair portrayal of her father, mother and stepmother, and the entire family, including of course her grandparents, who love her very much.
“Now that this series covers a time and events that so many people can remember, it is incredibly harmful. We get the impression that the royal family are terrible people who behave despicably.
“While many of the events may be real, so many of the details and conversations are entirely fabricated – and Peter Morgan probably wouldn't deny it. he creates a drama. However, there is a risk that not only the reputation of people who cannot fight back, but also the future of the monarchy itself will be damaged. & # 39;
The fourth series of the hit drama covers topics like Charles & # 39; damn marriage to Diana, his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana's eating disorders.
Prince William with his parents Diana and Charles in June 1984 at Kensington Palace in London
Mr Fitzwilliams said the show portrays Charles as a “selfish, insecure wimp” adding, “He's self-pitying and brutal towards Diana, for example after her success in New York.
The royal expert Penny Junor said Harry would now be in a very uncomfortable position.
& # 39; His physicality is curious, it increases the aura of inadequacy that this portrayal emphasizes. He is in love with Camilla, but viewers will not sympathize with this portrayal.
"It is made clear that he is the 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, “We are gradually seeing her spread her magic. She needs affection and to be appreciated. Emma Corrin is well cast in the likeable role. & # 39;
The crown will cover events well into the early 2000s, including the disasters of the 1990s in two more seasons.
And the royal expert said, “William will no doubt abhor it. I think when he looks at it he will find it deeply intrusive and deeply regrettable the portrayal of high-ranking kings as vicious and indecent as callous and the way it takes so much liberties with facts.
& # 39; Harry is unlikely to see a conflict between him and the Netflix deal he and Meghan made. He would probably argue that despite its enormous dramatic license, the series has huge audiences, many of whom are intrigued and unconcerned about how it ignores facts. Meghan won't appear.
What royal experts say about the crown
Richard Fitzwilliams: & # 39; William will no doubt abhor it. I think when he looks at it he will find it deeply intrusive and deeply regrettable the portrayal of high-ranking kings as vicious and indecent as callous and the way it takes so much liberties with facts. & # 39;
Penny Junor: & # 39; I think Harry is going to be in a very uncomfortable situation right now. It is perhaps another example of how difficult it is to mix the royal with the business world. There are bear traps everywhere. & # 39;
Ingrid Seward: & # 39; You mustn't believe it, but check it out and enjoy it. But don't take it as completely true … Because I'm something of a royal anorak, I find it rather imprecise. & # 39;
Dickie Arbiter: "The crown is primarily entertainment based on the events of the day, but the script is fiction, the words are fiction and some of the plots are fiction."
Sally Beddell Smith: & # 39; The crown is a fiction and the level of invention has grown. While the previous seasons were historical plays, the fourth series is a more recent story, which is why it appears more cruel in its misrepresentations. "
Tom Quinn: & # 39; This is total nonsense (that Diana was following Charles). That really didn't happen. It was much more subtle. According to my sources, Diana did not speak to Charles in his car or anywhere else. & # 39;
Paul Burrell: & # 39; This is just a look behind the doors of Buckingham Palace that the palace may not want to see because in many ways this is the truth. It's a fair and accurate dramatization of what happened. & # 39;
"As we know, you were unhappy as high-ranking kings and may agree with this derisive portrayal of the royal family as a rather sinister, loveless and often cruel institution."
He added, "If I were to guess, even though he and Meghan, as we all know, are deeply unhappy as high-ranking royals, they also loathe what they consider to be inaccuracies.
“Although they may feel that the royal family was too distant, they resigned after less than two years and may sympathize with aspects of the institution's portrayal.
However, & # 39; I doubt they would approve of the level of dramatic license the series receives. It remains to be seen how Harry is portrayed, maybe it will only be fleeting. Meghan may or may not consider herself lucky that she won't be. The series has a huge global audience, after all. & # 39;
The final season of the Crown begins with Baroness Thatcher's rise to power in 1979 and the assassination of Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance) by the IRA while on a fishing trip in Ireland.
Josh O & # 39; Connor returns as Prince of Wales, with Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker-Bowles, Olivia Colman as Queen, Tobias Menzies as Duke of Edinburgh and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
Meanwhile, former royal butler Paul Burrell has said that season four of The Crown is a "fair and accurate dramatization" of the royal family's treatment of Diana.
Burrell, Diana's butler and one of her closest confidants, said the new series "showed the truth in many ways" and suggested that the royal family would prefer if the story had not been told.
The 62-year-old showed up on ITV's Lorraine and said, “I think it's the best series yet. It's spectacular. There are outstanding performances from Emma Corrin as young Diana and Josh O & # 39; Connor as Prince Charles. But of course I think Gillian Anderson stole the show as Margaret Thatcher.
& # 39; But what a series. This is just a peek behind the doors of Buckingham Palace that the palace may not want to see because in many ways this is the truth. It's a fair and accurate dramatization of what happened. & # 39;
Mr Burrell also recalled meeting Diana for the first time at Balmoral, the Scottish vacation home of the royal family.
Describing Corrin's portrayal of the princess, he said, “I'm looking at it from profile and I think it's her. I think she got it right. Her mannerisms and the way she speaks.
& # 39; I'm feeling it again. I can feel their personality being broken down behind the scenes by these people who don't really care. They are all gods in their own realms and only care about themselves.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured in London on March 5th. The couple have signed a multi-million pound contract with Netflix
& # 39; You didn't care about her. You didn't praise her. She only got negativity. She became a victim for the way she was treated. & # 39;
The crown painted a twisted picture of Margaret Thatcher, says the Conservative MP
The crown has painted a twisted picture of Margaret Thatcher and her tenure, including her struggle against the IRA and decision to go to war with Argentina, a Tory MP warned today.
Conservative backbencher Andrew Bridgen also busted claims on the show that the former prime minister was voraciously following the Falklands War because her son Mark disappeared: "Total garbage".
Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown on Netflix
He told MailOnline, “You are painting a picture of Thatcher and this time for a generation that doesn't remember what it was like to survive the horrors of these terrorists.
"People lived in fear, especially in cities like Birmingham, where people were afraid to go out after so many people were murdered in the pub bombings by the brutal IRA."
Gillian Anderson plays Mrs Thatcher on season 4 of the hit show that launched on Netflix yesterday.
Viewers had traveled to see the episode and were intrigued by the portrayal of the Iron Lady, including her relationship with the Queen, played by Olivia Colman.
But some viewers have complained about the scenes in episode 1, including a & # 39;IRA Propaganda Voice Over 'during the funeral of Lord Mountbatten after he was murdered by Irish Republican terrorists with a £ 50 bomb on his Shadow V boat in 1979.
Season four of The Crown documents the romance between Charles and Diana, including their first meeting when she was in school, the engagement interview when he uttered the famous line, "Whatever it means in love," and their blockbuster wedding.
Referring to an earlier segment on Lorraine, Mr. Burrell added, “You have just spoken to Dr. Alex talked about mental health.
"Well, it wasn't understood at the time, but Diana sure was a case for someone with mental health problems."
It comes amid criticism of factual inaccuracies scattered throughout the ten episodes, and royal expert Ingrid Seward said it was "quite inaccurate".
She told Mirror Online, “I tell all my friends, it's not a documentary, you can't believe everything you see. It has a lot of poetic license.
“The writer Peter Morgan obviously used that. You can't believe it, but go see it and enjoy it. But don't take it as completely true. But they all believe it.
“Because I'm something of a royal anorak, I think that's pretty inaccurate. But in my opinion it never pretended to be accurate. & # 39;
She criticized, as Princess Margaret and the Queen showed in "Fake", because in real life they "were always so close and really supported each other".
Meanwhile, the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told the Daily Mail, "The crown is primarily entertainment based on the events of the day, but the script is fiction, the words are fiction and some of the acts are fiction . "
Speaking of the controversial portrayal of Diana's battle with bulimia, he added, “You can't ignore it. So when you do something like The Crown, try to be specific even though they don't do a very good job of it. '
It comes after friends of Charles launched a violent assault on The Crown, accusing the drama producers of "trolling on a Hollywood budget".
In The Mail yesterday Sunday, some of the prince's closest confidants accused the streaming giant of taking advantage of the royal family's pain for financial gain and raged that "fiction in its twisted version of events is portrayed as fact."
In a series of highly unusual public interventions demonstrating deep concern at the top of the royal family, Palace insiders have lined up to plan the Netflix show.
"This is drama and entertainment for commercial purposes, regardless of the actual people involved, whose lives are being kidnapped and exploited," said a source.
“In this case, it lengthens things that happened in very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without thinking about the feelings of others. This is not right or fair, especially when so many of the things depicted are not the truth. & # 39;
The fourth series of the successful drama spans the years from Lord Mountbatt's assassination in 1979 to the fall of Margaret Thatcher in 1990.
But it's the portrayal of a callous and self-serving Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla that sparked such trouble.
"The new series paints the Prince and Duchess in a very flattering light, but at least at the start of reality shows like The Only Way Is Essex, they admit that some scenes were made up for entertainment," a palace source said.
“There's no point in telling carefully nuanced stories – everything is very two-dimensional. This is trolling on a Hollywood budget. The public should not be fooled that this is an accurate representation of what really happened. & # 39;
Scenes of Diana eating food before vomiting into a toilet are so vivid that they have on-screen warnings.
Corrin (Diana) and O & # 39; Connor (Charles) in a scene from The Crown that came out yesterday
The prospect of it – and the very public reminder of the bitter separation of his parents – will undoubtedly also irritate Prince William, according to an insider.
& # 39; The Duke of Cambridge is not too happy with it. He feels that both of his parents are being exploited and portrayed in fake, oversimplified ways to make money, ”the source said.
The series – the most serious between a broadcaster and the royal family since the BBC apologized to the Queen in 2007 after mistakenly suggesting she stormed out of a photoshoot – is getting attention back to that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Deal signed with Netflix direct earlier this year. Some estimates put it at $ 100 million (£ 75 million).
"There are raised eyebrows when Harry takes millions from the company that is behind it all," said a source.
“After all, where does a lot of Netflix's profits come from? The Crown. & # 39; So far, the royal family has refused to comment on The Crown.
However, The Mail on Sunday believes the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were upset about previous series.
Philip was shown having an affair with a ballerina in the second series and ignoring his mother, Princess Alice, in the third series while she was living at Buckingham Palace in 1967. Neither happened.
As Prince Charles celebrated his 72nd birthday on Saturday, friends explained what they consider gross inaccuracies in the new series.
These include scenes in which Charles berates his wife and Diana confronts the Queen and Prince of Wales about their affair at their wedding rehearsal at St. Paul & # 39; s Cathedral.
The series also falsely suggests that Charles and Camilla's affair continued throughout his marriage to Diana.
Corrin and O & # 39; Connor are among the stars in The Crown's fourth season, which came out yesterday
In a particularly wounding invention, Charles & # 39; beloved great-uncle Earl Mountbatten is shown shortly before his death by the IRA how the family is disappointed in his relationship with Camilla and finds a wife. In the drama, Charles calls him a traitor. There is no evidence that the exchange took place.
In another insidious fictional scene, Prince Philip threatens Diana in 1990 after she suggests leaving Charles.
Sources said this was an inept reference to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that he was somehow implicated in the car accident in Paris that killed the princess in August 1997.
A palace source accused Netflix of failing to realize that there are still scars from Charles and Diana's bitter breakup.
& # 39; These events are not the story of 100 or even 50 years ago. The pain is still hard and not enough time has passed, ”said the insider.
Olivia Colman (as Queen) O & # 39; Connor and Corrin appear in the new series from The Crown
"Fiction becomes more attractive than fact and it is very insensitive to dramatize these painful incidents of marital breakdowns and angry children."
As the royal biographer Sally Beddell Smith said, “The crown is a fiction and inventiveness has increased. While the previous seasons were historical plays, the fourth series is a more recent story, which is why it appears more cruel in its misrepresentations.
“Because The Crown is such an elaborate and expensive production, and because so much attention has been paid to visual details about historical events, viewers are led to believe that what they are seeing actually happened.
"Every program should start with a disclaimer that says," This is a fiction, and any resemblance to the living or the dead is purely coincidental. "& # 39;
Accusing the Crown writer, Peter Morgan, of being “almost Trumpian” with his alternate facts, she added, “There have been extreme and outrageous misrepresentations … Viewers should not be fooled. This is a Royal Family version of Downton Abbey. & # 39;
Corrin in a scene from The Crown. The show has been criticized by experts for inaccuracies
Royal writer Tom Quinn described some aspects of his portrayal of Diana as "nonsense", according to The Sunday Express.
Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski told the publication: “I am very sorry that Netflix is trying to profit from such a company that really rubs the cake. Every family has its emotional trauma and dramas. It is very intrusive when it burns on screens and is looked at that way.
& # 39; I think a lot of people will get very upset about the lack of maintenance from Netflix. It will be interesting to see if people cancel their subscriptions. & # 39;
Former Welsh Secretary and Vale of Glamorgan Conservative MP Alun Cairns said: “There is no doubt that while millions will love to watch The Crown, we must remember that the programs create painful events that affect members the royal family and others who were children or innocent bystanders. & # 39;
He added that viewers should remember that the TV series is a drama, not a documentary.
Neither Clarence House nor Kensington Palace have commented on the series yet.
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