What royals have said about The Crown – Queen upset, Harry truth, William snub

Series Five of hit Royal drama The Crown landed on streaming service Netflix today (November 9).

The latest series is reported to detail some of the royal family's darker days, beginning in the early '90s and covering a period in which hostilities between Prince Charles and Princess Diana heightened.

However, the popular Royal drama has attracted some criticism since the trailer for the new series dropped last month – with The Royal family previously speaking out about how some events have been portrayed in previous episodes.

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Here, Daily Star takes a look at what The Royal family have said in the past about The Crown.

Royal household does not approve content

During an interview with The Times in 2019, The Crown showrunner Peter Morgan stated that he has meeting with people who are "very high ranking and very active within the organisation," when talking about the show and the Royal family.

However, The Royal family did not appear to agree, with The Queen's communications secretary writing a letter to The Guardian to disagree with the claims.

It read: "Your article (the writer of The Crown reveals he keeps royal household in the picture, 7 September) 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 continued: "The royal household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the program’s accuracy."

"Loosely based on the truth"

Prince Harry has previously described The Crown as "giving audiences a rough idea of the Royal lifestyle," saying it is "loosely based on the truth."

During their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that they had watched some episodes of The Crown.

Prince Harry had also previously addressed the series during an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden in 2021, saying that the programme doesn't "pretend to be news. It's fiction."

However, he did add that he thinks the programme is "loosely based on the truth."

"It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that," said Harry.

"I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself."

"Nowhere near how they portray me"

Scottish Minister Anas Sarwar was speaking to The New York Post at the opening of Scottish Parliament in 2021, when the politician shared a conversation that he had with King Charles about The Crown.

The then Prince was said to have introduced himself to Sarwar at the opening by saying, "Hello, nice to meet you all. I’m nowhere near how they portray me on Netflix."

Reflecting on the moment, Anas continued: "I thought that was a really interesting way of how you describe yourself.

"I’m going to be in so much trouble for this because I don’t think you are meant to tell private conversations."

"The bits inbetween are not fact"

Other members of The Royal family have spoken against depictions of the events in The Crown, with Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer sharing his concerns over the programme.

Speaking to Alan Titchmarsh on Love Your Weekend, he said: "The worry for me is that people see a programme like that and they forget that it is fiction".

Earl added: "It is very hard. There is a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention, isn’t there? You can hang it on fact but the bits in between are not fact."

Arthur Chatto, the grandson of Princess Margaret, also revealed that he watches the programme, but does not let how it depicts his family members affect him.

He told The Telegraph: "I guess it’s only an interpretation.

"I just remember what they’ve actually like and don’t let the TV persona mar my judgement of any of them."

The Queen was "upset" by The Crown series two

Despite members of the Royal family speaking out against depictions of the royals in The Crown, it is reported that the late monarch gave her approval to The Crown – but she did not agree with the depiction of some events and was upset in particular by an episode involving Prince Phillip.

She was recommended the show by her son and daughter in law, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, with the couple allegedly organised a special screening of the programme at Windsor Castle.

A Senior Royal Source told The Daily Express: "Edward and Sophie love The Crown."

They added: "It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor at the weekend to join the Queen for an informal supper while watching TV or a film. They have a Netflix account and urged her to watch it with them.

"Happily, she really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatised."

Although The Queen was reported to have liked The Crown, the late monarch was also upset by the way her late husband Prince Phillip was portrayed during its second series.

The series saw Prince Phillip appear to display insensitivity towards King Charles, particularly during one scene on a plane that The Queen reportedly said "simply did not happen."

A senior courtier told The Daily Express: "The Queen realises that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the royal family and she cannot change that.

"But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son’s well-being.

"She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland. That simply did not happen."

Prince William does not watch The Crown

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Olivia Coleman – who played The Queen in series three and four – revealed that Prince William does not watch The Crown.

She explained that she met the royal at a Buckingham Palace Reception, when The Prince asked her what she had been up to, before saying: "Actually I know what you're doing."

When Olivia realised he was talking about The Crown, she said asked the royal if he watched the series, to which he firmly replied "No."

However, she added: "But he was very charming and very lovely."

"Proud to watch it"

During an audience at the China Exchange, London, Princess Eugenie revealed that she felt "proud" when she watched The Crown.

"I did watch a couple of episodes of The Crown," she said.

"It is filmed beautifully. The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it.

"I can’t speak for everyone but that’s how I felt when I watched it."

Mum Sarah Ferguson also agreed with her daughter, saying during an interview with US Weekly that The Crown's cinematography was "excellent."

She also added that she was pleased that parts of her own life were added into the Netflix drama, with Sarah continuing: "I loved the way they put my wedding in as well."

The Crown seasons 1 – 5 are available to stream on Netflix.

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