Royals ‘incredibly nervous’ about ‘most horrific times’ in The Crown

Royal Family ‘incredibly nervous’ news season of The Crown

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Members of the Royal Family are reportedly growing concerned about the imminent new Netflix series of The Crown, a royal expert claimed. The fifth season will centre around the 1990s coinciding with the breakdown of the marriage of then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana. King Charles and Queen Consort are expected to be the focus of the upcoming season, raising concerns about public perception of the new monarchs.

Royal commentator and entertainment reporter Kinsey Schofield told GB News: “The 1990s are some of the most horrific times for the British Royal Family in recent history. 

“We are going to see a lot more of Prince Charles – Prince Charles, not King Charles – and Camilla’s love story, which disappeared in season four because season four became the Diana season.

“And we’re going to see the dissolving of Charles and Diana’s relationship and how toxic that became. 

“This is a very controversial season an I do believe that the Royal Family is incredibly nervous about the reaction that people will have to it – and especially with people that are in tune with the true history of the Royal Family.”

Calls have grown to add a disclaimer to The Crown to make clear the series is not necessarily true, with actors like Dame Judi Dench accusing Netflix of seemingly “blurring the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism”. 

The Oscar-winning actress was considered to play the Queen mother but turned down the role out of affinity for the Queen Consort. During negotiations with the producing team, she had already asked for a disclaimer and had issues with some parts of the script. 

In a letter to The Times, she added there was a risk that “a significant number of viewers” would take its event as historical truth – when sometimes it is not.”

The actress’ comments came after the former British Prime Minister described season five of The Crown as a “barrel-load of nonsense”. Reports suggest the former Prime Minister will be featured having conversations with then-Prince Charles, plotting to oust the Queen. 

A spokesperson for Mr Major defended the former Prime Minister, saying “Sir John has not co-operated in any way with The Crown” and “There was never any discussion between Sir John and the then Prince of Wales about any possible abdication of the late Queen Elizabeth II.”

“A barrel-load of nonsense peddled for no other reason than to provide maximum – and entirely false – dramatic impact,” the spokesperson added.

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In response to those calls, Netflix has reportedly added a disclaimer to its marketing for The Crown, saying the show is a “fictional dramatisation”, “inspired by real-life events”. The streaming giant defended the show “has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.”

According to a YouGov survey conductd on October 18, one percent of the British adult population think it is a “fully accurate” account of the 1990s while 48 percent say they don’t know. 

When the majority of respondents say it either not a very or not an accurate description of the breakdown, 18 percent say it is a mostly accurate account. 

The new Netflix is set to be published on November 9, nine weeks after the death of the Queen.

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