Charles coronation to be overshadowed by The Crown

King Charles ‘hopeful for reconciliation’ with Harry says insider

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The new Netflix series will include some of the most turbulent times in his marriage to Princess Diana, including a private conversation with the woman who was to become his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana’s Panorama interview.

Royal experts warn The Crown will dredge up scandal that the King might prefer consigned to the history books as he prepares for his May 6 Coronation.

Writing exclusively in the Sunday Express, former BBC Royal Editor Michael Cole warns: “The timing is terrible. Just as Buckingham Palace hoped the world would be focusing on next May’s glorious Coronation of King Charles III, the new series of The Crown will dramatize the most painful period of his life.

He added: “No matter how often The Crown is said to be just a TV show, ugly scenes from the 1990s will still be fresh in many people’s minds on May 6.”

At the same time, royal author Margaret Holder backed calls for the show’s fifth season, which launches on Netflix next month, to carry a prominent on-screen disclaimer so viewers can separate fact from fiction. The hit series has been criticised for spicing up storylines by straying from historic record.

All ten new episodes will focus on the late 1980s and early 1990s, one of the most turbulent decades in modern royal history.

Ms Holder said: “The new series of The Crown is likely to be upsetting for the King and Queen Consort as it deals with Camilla’s role in the breakdown of Charles’ marriage to Diana.

“The depiction of Diana’s affairs with Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed, will be embarrassing for William and Harry.”

Ms Holder added: “There are suggestions that The Crown should carry a prominent disclaimer that it is partly fiction rather than historic record. The same could be said for Shakespeare’s history plays which contain characters and scenes for additional dramatic effect. But The Crown is dealing mostly with living people.”

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