Prince Harry accused of ‘double standards’ over attitude towards The Crown

Prince Harry discusses Netflix show The Crown

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Harry’s recent appearance on the Late Late Show, on the Carpool Karaoke segment, caused a stir among royal circles. While the conversation was mostly light-hearted, the presenter Mr Corden did ask his old friend about why he chose to leave the royal frontline. Harry then dubbed the UK press “toxic” — and said he was “more comfortable” with Netflix’s fictionalised take on the Royal Family’s life, The Crown.

This stunned fans, especially as the most recent season of the drama caused uproar behind Palace walls — Prince Charles’ friends even called it “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

Last November, viewers saw a dramatised take on the collapse of Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana play on the small screen.

An acquaintance of the heir apparent and a royal commentator, Howard Hodgson, exclusively told “Harry is recording double standards here.

“It doesn’t matter that The Crown is fictional as most people think it is accurate.”

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden even pushed for Netflix to put a warning on the show last year, over fears that viewers might mistake it for fact but the streaming giant rejected this suggestion.

Prince William was also said to be frustrated that the series did not show “a very fair depiction” of his parents’ marriage.

Charles and his second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, even turned off the comments on their social media accounts to avoid the immense trolling they faced in the aftermath of The Crown’s latest season.

Mr Hodgson also claimed that, if he was in Harry’s shoes, he would have been “delighted to have taken such an opportunity as being on the Late Late Show to put people right” after the backlash Charles faced.

He continued: “Instead, he brushes over it as fiction.”

Mr Hodgson also said that by doing so, Harry is showing a very different approach compared to his reaction towards the press coverage of his wife, Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex has been particularly opposed to any negative coverage of Meghan, even from the early days of their relationship.

Back in 2016, he released a public statement explaining that he was worried about her safety and that she “has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment”.

Harry then reiterated this message when he explained why the Sussexes wanted to leave the frontline last year.

He said they have been left with “no other option” and said that the media was a “powerful force”.

In comparison, when asked what he thought of The Crown by Mr Corden, Harry said: “They don’t pretend to be news.

“It’s fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth.

“Of course, it’s not strictly accurate. It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle is, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.

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“I’m way more comfortable with ‘The Crown’ than I am seeing the stories written about my family, my wife, or myself.

“This is obviously fiction, take it how you will, but this is being reported on as fact because you are supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”

Harry and Meghan also have a megawatt deal with Netflix, which they signed last year.

The multi-year contract is estimated to be worth £74million, and has provided the couple with a platform for them to create a range of programmes on matters close to their heart.

Harry is also not the only royal to give The Crown the thumbs up in recent years.

The Queen was apparently introduced to the series during the earlier seasons, by her daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The two are very close, and according to Adam Helliker in The Sun, the two reportedly enjoyed the series together at one point.

He wrote: “Sophie had the confidence to suggest that the Queen might actually enjoy watching The Crown — others, including her Private Secretary, had previously tried persuading HM that she ought to sample the lavish Netflix series based on her reign.”

Back in 2019, a courtier told Mr Helliker: “It was only when Sophie mentioned that everyone seemed to be talking about it — and why didn’t they give it a try, with the proviso that if they didn’t like episode one then they wouldn’t carry on — that she agreed for it to be shown at Windsor Castle one weekend.

“She sat down to see it one Saturday at teatime when she and Sophie often have a ‘TV date’ to watch old films.”

Sophie’s husband and the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, joined them and they reportedly all enjoyed watching the earlier seasons together.

However, the courtier did point out that the Queen “kept interrupting to point out when things were wrong”.

It’s not known if the Queen tuned in for the most recent season.

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