The Crown’s fact vs. fiction controversy continues. Since the fourth season premiered on Netflix, fans of the monarchy have voiced their fear that the show is damaging to the Royal Family’s reputation, which, as we all know, was previously impeccable. Critics include The Daily Mail, “sources” close to the Royals, and Britain’s Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden. Oliver thinks Netflix should add a “this is a work of fiction” disclaimer before each episode. Now Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Princess Margaret on the show, has added her two cents pence. She told the show’s official podcast that there was an important distinction between “our version”, and the “real version”.
via The Guardian:
In the podcast episode, which was released on Monday, Bonham Carter said: “It is dramatised. I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘Hang on guys, this is not … it’s not a drama-doc, we’re making a drama.’ So they are two different entities.”
She called the research by the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, “amazing”, adding: “That is the proper documentary. That is amazing and then Peter switches things up and juggles.”
I think we’re all aware that The Crown isn’t a word-for-word documentary. The Queen didn’t actually sit down for an enlightening political discussion with the dude who broke into her bedroom one morning. She just screamed and ran away in her nightie. But monarchists don’t take issue with stuff like that; they’re concerned with how the Queen was “wrongly dressed for trooping the color” and Prince Charles’ incorrect fishing technique.
But mostly they’re pissed about the show’s portrayal of Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. They claim some of the dates are off? And the two didn’t resume their affair until the late eighties. Allegedly. But I’ve watched three Princess Diana documentaries this past week, and Diana herself claimed that his affair was on and off throughout the entire marriage. So who knows? Either way, he cheated. And The Crown didn’t even include the incident where a pregnant Diana threw herself down the stairs to get Charles’ attention (which didn’t work, by the way). And they’re leaving out the tampon conversations, which you would think Prince Charles would make them include since it showed the world what a poet of romance he was.
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