Angry subjects. In recent years, the series The Crown, broadcast on Netflix, has been telling the life of the royal family. Each season recalls the life of Queen Elizabeth II from an early age to her reign. For this, the actresses were changed over time, to match the age of the sovereign. The people around the queen are also present, including Prince Philip and Prince Charles. A fifth season is being filmed and this one is already making a lot of talk about it. As revealed by The Sun on Monday, November 15, the lawyers for the Queen of England will be very attentive since the Windsors could sue Netflix. “Although this is not direct legal advice to the Queen and her family, they have been made aware of this advice,” we can first read. Subsequently, it is reported that this season “will be the most controversial of all. It deals with events that are still incredibly raw to many,” a tabloid source concluded.
A season that divides. If the lawyers of Elizabeth II, from the firms Farrer & Co and Harbottle & Lewis, will pay attention to The Crown, it is because the new episodes evoke the 1990s and all the events that took place during this period. Among them, the divorce between Prince Charles and Princess Diana as well as his controversial interview with Martin Bashir, journalist at the BBC and which dates from 1995. This had created a lively controversy and it is still talking today. In addition, the episodes will also mention the tragic death of Lady Diana in August 1997. Events which “still constitute incredibly deep wounds to a lot of people,” a source told The Sun. What also worries the royal family? “Many people, especially Americans, seem to view this series as a documentary, and the dramas portrayed are often not to the benefit of the royal family,” said another source. Thus, this fiction could “do a lot of damage to the royal family”, concluded the same person.
The Crown: what does the royal family think of the series?
During the broadcast of the fourth season, Emily Andrews, journalist and specialist in British royalty, had revealed that Buckingham Palace “no longer supports pernicious lies and false representations”. For her part, Elizabeth II never wanted to comment on the series, however, sources close to the Queen have claimed that she complained about it. For Prince Harry, The Crown is “fictitious, but it is loosely based on the truth”, he had first admitted facing James Corden. “Of course, this is not strictly correct, but it gives a rough idea of this lifestyle, of the pressure of this duty and of this service which comes before family and all the rest,” he continued. An opinion that should not have pleased his grandmother.
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