Queen does not approve of Netflix hit The Crown | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV
The Crown hit television screens in 2016 with actress Claire Foy taking on the pivotal role of Queen Elizabeth II. She won several awards for her portrayal but ahead of the release of season three, which will see Olivia Colman take over as the Queen, Buckingham Palace has revealed the royals to do not approve the Netflix series.
Fans have long wondered if the royal family tune in to watch their lives on screen and now, the Queen’s communication secretary has addressed speculation.
Responding to an article written by the Guardian, The writer of The Crown reveals he keeps royal household in the picture, Buckingham Palace clarified the family do not endorse the popular series.
The letter sent by Donal McCabe, the Queen’s Communications Secretary, explained they did not want to mislead fans.
“Your article may have the unfortunate consequence of leading your readers to believe that the television series The Crown is made with some sort of endorsement by the royal household, or an acceptance by the royal household that the drama is factually accurate,” the letter began.
They added they would “never express a view as to the programme’s accuracy”.
The Crown is expected to drop on Netflix on Sunday 17 November and will cover the time period of 1964-76.
Instead of focussing on the Queen’s relationship with Prince Philip, it will look more closely at the breakdown of Princess Margaret’s marriage to Lord Snowdon.
Furthermore, Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will also take a central role.
Speaking about what fans can expect, showrunner Peter Morgan teased: “People always assume Charles cheated on Diana with Camilla.
“It’s absolutely the wrong way round. He was deeply in love with Camilla and forced to marry Diana.”
As well as romance, the third rune will look at the Queen’s relationship with Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
For the new series, there is a huge cast shake-up with Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip.