The Crown is spiteful attack on royals, says Prince Harry's biographer
The Crown is a ‘spiteful attack’ on the Royal Family to ‘get rid of them’ by making them look like ‘inept idiots’ – and it’s ‘only going to get darker’, Prince Harry’s biographer claims
- Angela Levin, author of Harry: Biography of a Prince branded series 4 ‘spiteful’
- Said it’s ‘appalling’ drama ‘attacked the Queen’ when she has ‘given so much’
- Robert Jobson went so far as to say portrayals in Netflix drama are ‘dangerous’
The Crown is a ‘spiteful’ attack on the Royal Family to ‘get rid of them’ by making them look like ‘inept idiots’, Prince Harry’s biographer has claimed.
The latest series of the Netflix drama has come under fire from friends of close senior royals including Prince Charles, who have accused it of ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’.
It’s also received criticism for allegedly not doing enough to ensure viewers know it’s a work of fiction, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden calling for a historical disclaimer to be added to the beginning of episodes – a claim which actor Josh O’Connor, who plays the Prince of Wales, branded ‘outrageous’.
Speaking on True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat today, Angela Levin, author of Harry: Biography of a Prince, said the portrayal of the Firm in The Crown is ‘wrong’ – while expert Robert Jobson went so far as to call it ‘dangerous’.
The latest series of the Netflix drama has come under fire from friends of close senior royals including Prince Charles, who have accused it of ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’
‘They saw people mainly for their faults, they didn’t try and balance it,’ she claimed.
‘It’s an attack to get rid of the Royal Family. A lot of them are still alive and I think it is spiteful. They should have balanced it, it’s not fair.’
She added it’s ‘appalling’ the drama ‘attacked the Queen’, claiming senior members of the Royal Family ‘try really hard’ for the country and have provided comfort and reassurance during the pandemic.
‘We saw The Queen talking to us when the Covid virus was at its peak, saying, “We will get better, we will meet again.” Kate and William did that on their train journey,’ Ms Levin went on.
‘They are saying, “Thank you, we are part of this, we are all together.” It gives you strength and courage and [for The Crown] to make them [into] inept idiots is wrong.
Angela Levin said it’s ‘appalling’ the drama ‘attacked the Queen’, claiming senior members of the Royal Family ‘try really hard’ for the country and have provided comfort and reassurance during the pandemic. Pictured: Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip
‘The next series is going to get darker and darker… it sounds a bit soppy, but we need to protect our Royal Family because they have given so much to this country.’
The fourth season of The Crown, which came out on Netflix last month, tells the story of the early romance between Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, played by Emma Corrin, 25.
Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, has indicated his support for a disclaimer being added. He previously told ITV’s Lorraine: ‘I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that, “This isn’t true but it is based around some real events”.’
He added: ‘I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.’
Earlier this week Netflix said it had ‘no plans – and sees no need’ to add a disclaimer.
The fourth season, which came out on Netflix last month, tells the story of the early romance between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, played by Emma Corrin, 25 (pictured beside Josh O’Connor as Charles)
During the Royal Beat interview, Mr Jobson also discussed the legacy of Prince Charles – and claimed he’ll be a ‘tough act’ for Prince William to follow.
‘Charles has The Prince’s Trust, saving a rainforest here, doing youth projects there. When you start to look at his thought process everything is linked,’ he explained.
‘I have nothing but praise for him. Everyone talks about how he has waited all his life to be King, but far from it, he has been getting on and doing so many things.
‘Everyone talks about how it is going to be a tough act to follow the Queen; it is going to be a pretty tough act for William to follow the Prince of Wales.’
The Royal Beat is available to watch on True Royalty TV.
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