The Crown infuriates William and Charles, and unites the British Press.No one likes “The Crown”. The award-winning series created by Peter Morgan about the reign of Elizabeth II has already been strongly criticized by the Palace in the past, but what makes the quarrel interesting, is this time the British press is backing the family.
From The Guardian to The Telegraph, the media in England stand united in their attack against the artistic liberties producers have taken, all seeming to side with the monarchy.
According to The Sun, the entire British royal family is on the warpath for the new season, in particular Prince Charles and his son William are "furious" at the reconstruction made by the hit show of the period between 1979 and the early nineties, and The Telegraph calls it “a disgrace”.
The controversy concerns one of the biggest thorns in the royal family’s side: the marriage between Charles and Diana. The writers of "The Crown" spare no details of a certain effect: like the "princess of the people" suffering from eating disorders, attributed to the tension in the couple's life and the failure of her union with Charles. The latter is then described in Charles’ extramarital relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, who became his wife years after the death of Lady D.
According to the Daily Mail, "William is not at all happy about all this, he thinks that both his parents were exploited and presented in a false and simplistic way, just to make money", thundered an 'insider' of the royal family.
If we listen to the English tabloids, who don’t usually unanimously side with their monarchy, Prince Charles also does not like the fourth season of "The Crown". The failed relationship between the heir to the throne and Lady D is the focal point and Charles does not come out well.
The popular press has also quoted "friends of the prince" to express disappointment at how cold and insensitive Diana is being shown. For Charles, who recently celebrated his 72nd birthday and attended the commemoration of the fallen in Germany with his second wife Camilla, the British press speculates that the man who has been waiting his whole life to have the crown on his head will forever be chased by the ghost of Diana.
Close confidantes of Prince Charles reported to The Mail to accuse “The Crown” Season 4 of “dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone’s feelings. That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.”
Another issue fueling the controversy in the British media is, not all royals have taken sides against Netflix. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan recently signed a £75 million mega-contract with the streaming platform to produce documentaries and other programs.