Friends of Prince Charles have launched an unprecedented information war on Netflix’s hit drama The crown, accusing him of presenting “fiction” as fact and of “trolling a Hollywood budget”.
Now its creator, Peter Morgan, has admitted that key scenes from the first episode of the new series that Charles’s beloved great-uncle Lord Mountbatten writes to Charles and orders him to stop his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and to marry a “good” temperate girl “are simply” made up. “
In the official The crown podcast, Morgan, however, defended the use of the creative license on the show, saying he believes the scene “rings true” based on his research and his reading of the relationship between the two men.
In the first episode of the fourth series, released Sunday, Charles and Mountbatten argue over his relationship with Camilla, who at the time was married to Andrew Parker-Bowles.
Viewers then see Mountbatten writing a letter accusing Charles of bringing “ruin and disappointment” to his family, and demanding that he abandon Camilla to marry “a sweet and innocent girl in good spirits with no past.” Charles only received the letter after learning that Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979. The episode is completely fictional, there is no record of such a written letter (although Prince Philip is known for writing a letter to Charles telling him he should marry Diana after the relationship went public, and maybe this is where Morgan was able to draw inspiration.)
In the new podcast, Morgan expressed no regrets about the scenes, saying, “What we do know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles aside at this exact point and saying, ‘ Listen, you know, enough already with the playing on the field, it’s time to get married and it’s time for you to provide an heir. “
Morgan added, “As the heir, I think there was some concern that he would have to settle down, marry the right person and move on. In my own head, I thought it would have an even bigger impact on Charles if it came after death, so to speak.
“I think everything in this letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe, based on everything I’ve read and the people I’ve spoken to, which represents his point of view.
“We’ll never know if it was put in a letter, and we’ll never know if Charles received this letter before or after Mountbatten’s death, but in this particular drama, that’s how I decided to manage it.
The royal family has suffered previous rounds of The crown in silence but the new series prompted briefings.
One insider, for example, said: “This is drama and entertainment for commercial purposes without regard to the people really involved who see their lives hijacked and exploited.
“In this case, it drags things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without thinking of anyone’s feelings. It is neither fair nor fair, especially when so much of the depicted does not represent the truth.
A source from the palace told the Mail on Sunday: “The new series portrays the Prince and Duchess in a very unflattering light but at least at the start of reality shows like The only way is Essex they admit that some scenes were invented for entertainment. There is no sense in telling carefully nuanced stories – it is all very two-dimensional. It’s lagging behind a Hollywood budget. Audiences shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this is a true representation of what really happened.
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