Falkland heroes tear themselves into the crown: Two commanders of the Royal Navy accuse Netflix of having "offensively misrepresented the Queen's position on the war in Argentina
- Admiral Lord West and Rear Admiral Chris Parry were furious at the fabricated scene
- The queen shown, who appears unsuspecting, took place at the end of the war
- On October 12, 1982, Her Majesty was 9,000 miles away on an official Pacific tour
Two Royal Navy commanders who fought in the Falklands War have accused The Crown of "offensively misrepresenting" the Queen for her attitude towards British forces during the 1982 campaign.
Admiral Lord West, whose frigate HMS Ardent was sunk by the Argentines, and Rear Admiral Chris Parry, who flew daring helicopter missions in the South Atlantic, said programmers used fictional scenes and imagined conversations to damage the Queen's reputation.
Her anger stems from a completely made-up scene in The Crown where the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, doesn't seem to know that a Victory Parade is about to be held to end the conflict.
Admiral Lord West (pictured), whose frigate HMS Ardent was sunk by the Argentines, said programmers used fictional scenes to damage the Queen's reputation
The Queen is informed of the event by Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson.
The monarch then sits somberly at home and watches the parade on television while Mrs. Thatcher waves to the crowds on the streets of the City of London as 1,250 Falklands veterans march past their podium.
In fact, no such meeting between the Queen and the Prime Minister took place, nor could it have.
On that day, October 12, 1982, Her Majesty and Prince Philip were 9,000 miles away on an official tour of the Pacific.
Last night, Lord West said, “The Queen's portrayal of the Falklands War is utter rubbish.
Any suggestion the Queen would have asked the Prime Minister or anyone else to remind her that a Victory Parade had taken place is fanciful and insulting.
Rear Admiral Chris Parry (pictured), who flew daring helicopter missions in the South Atlantic, has accused The Crown of "offensively misrepresenting" the Queen
The Crown has reduced an important chapter in British military history to cheap fodder for soap operas. I fear to believe that anyone could take this portrayal of the Queen seriously. & # 39;
Their anger comes after The Mail on Sunday revealed Prince Charles' anger over his appearance on the show, which was downloaded by millions of subscribers to streaming giant Netflix.
Prince Andrew served in the Falklands War and at The Crown lands in a helicopter in Balmoral to announce he will be attending.
But last night Rear Admiral Parry uncovered several factual inaccuracies in these scenes.
He said, “Prince Andrew was not qualified to fly the Wessex rescue helicopter used at The Crown. And his uniform and equipment are wrong.
& # 39; But those flaws pale in comparison to the portrayal of Her Majesty who is shamefully dishonest and exploitative. The Queen was fully occupied with all matters relating to the Falklands Campaign.
& # 39; It was also understood and accepted by the Royal Family that Ms. Thatcher would take part in the parade because the campaign was her victory and she had provided such remarkable political leadership.
Viewers should be told that The Crown is heavily dramatized. However, there is currently no such disclaimer before each episode. & # 39;
In her autobiography, Ms. Thatcher recognized the Queen's "impressive understanding of current affairs" and dismissed reports of a rift between them as fabricated.
Netflix boasts on its YouTube channel that episodes in the season that cover the Falklands War are based on "an abundance of rare archival material and insightful facts."
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