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Prince Charles, 71, is claimed to be trying to squash the Netflix series, according to Paul Burrell who questioned whether a “censored version of the truth” should be portrayed instead. Season four of The Crown documents the romance between Charles and Diana, including their first meeting when she was still at school, the engagement interview when he uttered the famous line “whatever in love means”, and their blockbuster wedding. Former royal butler Paul Burrell shared his thoughts on the latest series of The Crown and whether it has gone too far in its depiction of Charles and the late Princess Diana.
Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Burrell claims: “The truth is stranger than fiction and I’ve been there.
“I’ve been behind those doors, I saw it happen, I saw it unfolding and there is an element of truth that runs through The Crown like it or not, it’s not easy watching.
“It’s upsetting for me particularly but there is truth in there.
“Of course Prince Charles’s people want to squash it and of course the Palace wants to squash it.
“But what do we do then?
“Do we sanitise our Royal Family and only give you a censored version of the truth?”
Defending The Crown allegedly inventing some parts of the story, he said: “This is a dramatisation, it is not a documentary of the Royal Family, it is a screenplay.
“What the writer Peter Morgan has tried to do, and sensitively try to do, is align fact with his screenplay.”
The Crown creator has defended making up scenes for the Netflix drama involving the Prince of Wales and his beloved great-uncle Lord Mountbatten.
The fourth season of the much-talked-about series is streaming now and the opening episode features an imagined interaction between the two men.
Charles Dance’s Lord Mountbatten admonishes Josh O’Connor’s Charles for his pursuit of Camilla, who at the time was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.
Viewers see the older man writing a letter warning Charles he is in danger of bringing “ruin and disappointment” to the family. On the show, the prince only reads the note after the IRA assassinated Lord Mountbatten in August 1979.
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While no record of the letter exists, Peter Morgan, creator of The Crown, believes the interaction to be based in truth.
Speaking on the show’s official podcast, he said: “What we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, ‘Look, you know, enough already with playing the field, it’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir’.
“As the heir I think there was some concern that he should settle down, marry the appropriate person and get on with it.”
Criticism of The Crown has often focused on its portrayal of made-up events. The show employs researchers but Mr Morgan defended his right to creative freedom.
Netflix declined to comment on the claims when approached by Express.co.uk.
Representatives for Prince Charles did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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