The Crown creator explains why pivotal scene in season four was fabricated

The Crown has returned to our screens delighting royal fans with stories from behind the palace walls.

Royal insiders have been quick to blast the historical drama for as “trolling” on a “Hollywood budget” following reports of inaccuracies.

Creator Peter Morgan previously explained the thinking between a fabricated scene in the opening episode of season four.

In the series opener of the much-anticipated show, Prince Charles – played by Josh O’Connor, is scolded by his grandfather-figure Lord Mountbatten, played by Charles Dance, over his love life with Camllia Parker Bowles.

Shortly after writing a letter in the show, Mountbatten is assassinated by the IRA.

Charles does not read the letter until after his beloved great uncle has died, in an emotional scene.

But in reality, no such letter ever existed, reports Radio Times.

Speaking on The Crown’s official podcast, Morgan justified writing the scene by explaining that the interaction was based in truth.

He said: “What we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, ‘Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir.’

“As the heir, I think were was some concern that he should settle down, marry the appropriate person and get on with it,” he added.

He continued: “In my own head, I thought that would have even greater impact on Charles if it were to come post-mortem, as it were. I think everything what’s in that letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe, based one everything I’ve read and people I’ve spoken to, that represents his view.

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“We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten’s death, but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it.”

The latest series has ruffled Palace feathers with senior royals reportedly unhappy with the retelling of their lives.

The Firm is, according to reports, particularly unhappy with the portrayals of Charles and Diana – who are featured heavily in the latest series.

Royal biographer Penny Junor told Times of London: “It’s the most cruel and unfair and horrible portrayal of almost all of them.”

But actor Josh O’Conner defended the show in a recent interview, reminding viewers that it was art, and not to be taken as reality.

He told BBC Breakfast: “What Peter does so brilliantly is he takes the historical facts… and then paints them in between these punctuation moments.

"There's a fascination with the royals… Sometimes people will want to believe this is what happened. It's always worth checking in and remembering that we're actors, we're not real and it's not a real story."

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