Netflix’s The Crown has been one of the streaming giant’s highest-grossing shows. After a clean sweep at the 2021 Emmys and Golden Globes, the show cemented its reputation and legacy in television history, winning the best drama TV series award. Three of its cast members, namely Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, went home with awards for their prolific performances.
Created by Peter Morgan, the 2016 series prevails as one of Netflix’s most polarising and popular dramas that delves deeper into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and explores political and social events, royal family secrets, scandals and much more!
While fans and experts have often pondered over the historical accuracy of the events in the show, Prince Harry had made a few comments regarding The Crown on a chat show.
In James Corden’s The Late Late Show, the younger Prince shared his thoughts regarding the series. By then, the fourth season had a polarising effect as it chronicled Margaret Thatcher’s rise to dominance alongside Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s tumultuous relationship.
Harry lauded the show for not putting up the pretence of being the “news”, acknowledging how “it’s fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth.”
“Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, but loosely… it gives you a rough idea about that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that,” he added.
Harry also referenced the various conspiracy articles being written about him and his wife Meghan Markle and their exit from the royal family, talking about how he was “way more comfortable” watching the show than reading “the stories written about my family or my wife or myself”.
He justified the same by saying, “Because it’s the difference between, ‘That is obviously fiction, take it how you will,’ but this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”
Emma Corrin, who played the younger version of Princess Diana on the show that will now be taken over by Elizabeth Debicki, acknowledged the Prince’s comments. She said, “I was very moved by the fact that he acknowledged it. I’m incredibly grateful to him and incredibly moved by what he said.”
Gillian Anderson, who plays Margaret Thatcher on the show, was moved by his comments as well. Talking about how he “is fairly well qualified to judge what is fact or fiction”, she said that the young Prince had correctly identified and “understood” what the showrunner was trying to do with the show.
The show has found itself in hot waters with the British royal family for quite some time now, with various controversies surrounding its upcoming fifth season that stars Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Debicki and more.
The fifth season is scheduled for a November 2022 premiere, followed by a season six that is said to be the last.
Check out Best of Netflix’s article on everything we know about the upcoming season here.