Criticism of the Netflix series continues to grow


The fourth season of “The Crown” recently started. Not only the British royal family is not very “amused” about what is shown. The reason: fiction and reality are hard to tell apart for laypeople.

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The latest season of the Netflix series “The Crown” about the British royal family, which started in November, is increasingly criticized. There is a “moral responsibility” to make it clear to the audience that it is a drama and not historical facts, even now actress Helena Bonham Carter admitted. She embodies Princess Margaret, the younger sister of the Queen, in the third and fourth seasons.

There are differences between “our version and the real version”. “These are different things,” said the actress on the official podcast. But she specifically praised the work and research of lead screenwriter Peter Morgan, who developed the drama series. “The Crown” has received many prestigious awards, including Emmys and Golden Globes.

The new season takes place in the eighties. Thematically, it is about the relationship between Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who had an affair with Camilla. Charles doesn’t do well on the show. “Many are incredibly frustrated and angry that his name is being dragged through the mud”, had reported an unspecified source from the environment of the royals of the newspaper “The Telegraph”. Above all, it is doubted whether Charles cheated on his wife Diana with Camilla, his current wife, at the beginning of his first marriage. Prince William is also outraged by what is shown in the series.

Prince Charles (portrayed here by Josh O’Connor) is cast in a bad light by “The Crown”, find his confidants. (Source: Netflix / Des Willie)

The 72-year-old heir to the throne, in the season always shown in a slightly stooped position and a little worldly by O’Connor, should not follow the series himself. There are no official statements.

“Viewers could take fiction for fact”

Even the British Culture and Media Minister Oliver Dowden announced that he would write a letter to the US streaming service later this week: “I fear that a generation of viewers who have not witnessed these events might take fiction for fact”, he said the “Mail on Sunday”.

The younger brother of Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, also thinks clarifications are advisable. A hint before each episode that not everything in “The Crown” is real could be helpful, Charles Spencer told ITV. There are other hints from Netflix in the series: for example warnings of scenes in which Diana, who according to her own words suffered from bulimia, repeatedly throws herself into a toilet bowl.

"The Crown": Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana in season four of the Netflix series.  (Source: Netflix / Des Willie)“The Crown”: Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana in season four of the Netflix series. (Source: Netflix / Des Willie)

But the criticism of the series isn’t just about the royals’ relationships. Was then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) as portrayed in the series? Her biographer Charles Moore denied that the relationship between the Queen and the Iron Lady was as difficult as depicted in “The Crown”. It is fairly certain, however, that Thatcher felt uncomfortable at the Queen’s country estate in Balmoral, Scotland, between all the hunting-loving royals and would have loved to run away. So, at least here, the show seemed very close to reality. Especially since it is never claimed that “The Crown” is a documentary. The series is located in the streaming service under the genre “Drama”.

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