Prince Charles ‘frustrated’ The Crown keeps dredging up past, says royal expert

Royal family member is facing fresh criticism for treatment of Princess Diana

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 07 December 2020 09:48
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As The Crown gets nearer to the present day, Prince Charles is becoming increasingly frustrated rather than threatened by the hit Netflix, a royal expert has claimed.

Last month saw the royal drama return for a fourth season, which charts events from 1977 to 1990.

Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, is a large focus of the new episodes thanks to his strained marriage to Princess Diana (Emma Corrin).

The show, which has been Netflix’s most-watched title for weeks, has seen a renewed interest in Diana, with many wondering if the show’s depiction is close to what actually happened.

It’s also led to fresh criticism of Charles for his treatment of the Princess. Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, is also facing a backlash from online trolls.

Royal expert Kate Nicholl has said that she is “absolutely sure” the “sudden revived interest” in Diana isn’t worrying Charles.

“I'm absolutely sure he doesn't see that sudden revived interest in her as a threat at all,” she told 9Honey, adding: “I think [there’s] more a frustration that the past keeps getting dredged up when he is trying to move forward.”

This echoes the words of royal family member David Bowes-Lyon, whose father was a first cousin of the Queen Mother once removed.

Addressing the family’s views on the show last week, he said: “I wouldn’t say there is upset in the family, but I think people are frustrated and would like the record put straight.”

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In recent weeks, many people have criticised Peter Morgan’s show for taking artistic licence with several moments in history.

Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, voiced his own concerns with the fact that some people view the fabricated show as a “history lesson” with others – including Princess Margaret star Helena Bonham Carter – calling for Netflix to add disclaimers to the beginning of episodes telling viewers events have been fabricated for television. 

The streaming service has since said it won’t be doing this.  

Find a rundown of the new season’s accuracy here.

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