The crown has reached the 80s and some royal observers are not very happy with what they have seen.
As the Netflix show explores the personal lives and public actions of people still remembered, some are pushing back. “wild hard distortions” the series was created as it shifts the focus to Prime Minister Margarita Thatcher, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
“It is clear that the information of the secret agents on behalf of the kings has been affected by some content, especially that related to the Prince of Wales,” Camilla Tominey, royal correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, told CBC News.
He was referring to Charles, who married Diana in 1981 before divorcing her in 1996.
“They think she is portrayed very harshly and that Diana is, in essence, a kind of angel.”
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The show began its fourth season on Netflix on November 15 and takes place over 40 years after it launched its first season. Season 4 introduced Diana, who Tominey said has drawn a lot of criticism as she is quickly disgusted by the story.
“The portrayal of Princess Diana is accurate at first because she is quite childish and full of love and affection,” Tomini said. “But he portrays the relationship as difficult from the beginning. Well, that is not the case.”
Other aspects that deviate from the historical event are the portrayal of Thatcher, who starred in the show in season 4. Played by British actor Gillian Anderson, the portrayal of the former prime minister was criticized almost immediately.
Andrew Bridgen, a British Conservative MP, said the show portrayed Thatcher’s decision to go to war with Argentina over the disappearance of her son Mark. “Absolute rubbish.” Tim Montgomerie, a conservative commentator, called it an “absurd, hated portrait.”
I can no longer bear to watch The Crown and the absurd, hated portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. Pity.
Hugo Vickers, historian and author The crown stopped, He also found it difficult to watch Thatcher’s role on the show, especially a plot in which Queen Elizabeth told a story through her press secretary, Michael Shea, that she strongly disagreed with Thatcher.
While the actual article – published in the Sunday Times in July 1986 – damaged the relationship between the two women, Vickers said the real lead in the event was “quite the opposite”.
While Shea leaked the story, Vickers said, she had nothing to do with the queen, who was upset about the move as “she would never betray her prime minister in this way.”
“It’s so embarrassing, because people always think it’s true, why The crown “It’s very well concentrated,” Vickers said. It is richly produced. They are great. It is a well-written script. Of course, you can’t just dismiss it as tabloid junk. “
“People will come back now believing that the Queen hated Margarita Thatcher and wanted people to know that, which is completely untrue.”
These changes, intersected with real facts and figures that are still alive, have upset. Tominey noted that, as previous seasons were “much more real in detail” and dealt mainly with characters who have died, the “overly caricatured” nature of this season stands out.
For their part, the actors in The crown generally defended the decisions of creator and author Peter Morgan.
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“There’s a weird kind of disconnect between the character I created myself and Peter Morgan and the real Prince Charles … I never tried to be too precise,” said Josh O’Connor, who plays Charles. on CBC News in an interview. before the release of season 4.
“That’s what Peter Morgan does so well The crown, is that it humanizes the superman. “
Similarly, in a previous interview, Emma Corrin – who plays Diana – described Morgan as a “genius” for his ability to take the historical facts of members of the Royal Family and “completely take it away from a very relevant human experience”. .
Morgan himself defended the fantastic aspects of the show. In the first episode of Season 4, Charles’s great uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, in a letter accuses him of bringing “disaster and frustration” to their family, in pursuit of the then married Camilla Parker Bowles.
On the show, Charles receives the letter shortly after the IRA assassinated Mount Beatten in August 1979.
In fact, there is no evidence that such a letter existed. In a podcast released the same day as the series that airedMorgan argued that although he “composed” the scene, he believed the feeling was real.
“I think what’s in the letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles’s older nephew is what I really believe,” Morgan said. “You know, based on everything I’ve read and the people I’ve talked to, that represents the view.” of “
Vickers said he appreciates using the artistic license, but there is still a risk of abusing real people for the sake of a story – especially Charles.
The Royal Family itself declined to comment, although the Queen’s secretary of communications issued a statement saying: as to the accuracy of the program. “