The fourth season of ‘The Crown’ began streaming on Netflix on November 14 last year and it garnered controversy because of the conflict of opinions around the portrayal of Prince Charles’ marriage with Princess Diana.
The characters in this season have an uncanny resemblance with Prince Charles and his marriage to late Princess Diana and many historians and royal watchers publicly denounce the unflattering portrayal of two.
We might just say that the Prince has been portrayed as the villain in his association to Diana. “We have always presented The Crown as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events,” Netflix said in a statement.
“As a result we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer.” This came after British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that producers needed to be “very clear at the beginning” that the show — based on Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that have shaped the royal family, including the turbulent relationship between Charles and Diana — is completely fictional.
Dowden said, “Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.” The show’s creator, Peter Morgan also readily admitted that he made stuff up. In the show, nothing has been followed to the exact detail and here are the proofs:
Harold Wilson firing Lord Mountbatten really took place in 1967, not 1965 as the show suggests.
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In 1983, Diana and Charles played with their son Prince William for photographers in New Zealand and not Australia.
Diana was killed 23 years ago in a brutal car crash and the memories of her death are still as fresh as grass in her son’s mind. Prince William once admitted that his emotions about losing his mother came back in leaps and bounds when he himself became a father.
Several conspiracy theories were curated around Diana’s death, which still circulates among the masses.
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Therefore, as ‘The Crown’ dived into the era when Diana existed, things started touching on a painful time for a morose family that is still struggling with the aftershocks of immense sorrow. It’s one thing to vaguely read something in a tabloid.
It’s another to see it completely, realistically re-enacted and streamed to the world and that’s what makes 4th season of The Crown so controversial.