A friend of the Firm has branded The Crown as “vicious” as fans gear up for the much anticipated release of season five. The fifth season is set to cover the turmoil surrounding the Royal Family in the first half of the 1990s, ending in 1996.
This period was viewed as a particularly difficult time for the Firm as it saw the collapse of Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne’s marriages.
The Crown’s upcoming season already sparked backlash after former Prime Minister John Major slammed a number of upcoming storylines, describing it as “malicious nonsense”.
A friend of the Firm has also blasted the drama and told the Times the show was “damaging and malicious fiction” and “a barrel-load of nonsense peddled for no other reason than to provide maximum, and entirely false, dramatic impact”.
They continued: “I’m horrified by what is going on with Netflix and how they are vilifying the Royal Family. It is vicious.
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He said: “The Crown is an odious series, filled with lies and half-truths encased in lace and velvet.
“It is astonishingly and deliberately hurtful to individual members of the Royal Family, public servants who cannot answer back, let alone sue for damages.”
A Netflix spokesperson has defended the series and said: “Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the Royal Family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”
Netflix told BBC News the show “has always been presented as a drama based on historical events”.
After the show released the trailer on Thursday, the streaming service added a disclaimer to its marketing for The Crown, saying the show is a “fictional dramatisation”, “inspired by real-life events”.
It appears under the YouTube trailer for the upcoming series five and on the streaming site’s title synopsis page.
The description of the series says: “Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatisation tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.”