King Charles ‘enjoyed’ old seasons of The Crown but new series will be ‘uncomfortable’, says pundit
King Charles “enjoyed” previous seasons of The Crown but the new series’ storylines will be “uncomfortable” for the monarch, an expert has claimed.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl – who wrote The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown – claimed that the new episodes leading up to Diana’s tragic death were “very real for Prince William and Prince Harry too and difficult’ as her mother ‘Spirit can never be put to rest’.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the royal biographer said the events of the 1990s were a “deep moment” for the royal family.
The show is set to resume in the early 1990s and plot lines will include Charles and Diana’s adultery, the late King’s controversial Panorama interview and the infamous “Tampongate” phone call between the King and Queen consort.
King Charles “enjoyed” the older seasons of The Crown, according to royal pundit Katie Nicholl. The 73-year-old monarch pictured in Glasgow on October 13, 2022
The Crown’s new series will dramatize the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage. Pictured: a still from the drama showing the couple – played by Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki – in crisis talks with the Queen, played by Imelda Staunton
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the new series will be “very difficult and real” for Prince Harry and Prince William. The brothers at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022
Katie said: “We don’t know if the King will watch this series. I can tell you that he has watched previous seasons of The Crown and enjoyed it.
“I think the last series was a little too close to the bone.”
The final season of The Crown – which starred Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Josh O’Connor as the Prince of Wales – suggested Charles never stopped dating Camilla Parker Bowles, even after he got engaged.
In addition, the expert claims that Prince William, 40, and Prince Harry, 38, will find dramatizing their mother’s final years “incredibly difficult”.
The expert said the brothers felt their mother’s “spirit cannot be put to rest”. Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry at the Heads of State Memorial Service in Hyde Park on May 7, 1995
The new series will dramatize Princess Diana’s controversial Newsnight interview. Elizabeth Debicki pictured in the trailer
Katie continued: “This is a time that they have had to act out so publicly. We heard Harry talk about the very real impact it was having on his life, and on William too.
“You get the feeling that her mother’s spirit really can never be put to rest for her.
‘I find [that] is really still something that is very real and very difficult for them.’
In May 2021, while appearing on Apple TV’s I Can’t See You, Prince Harry revealed that when he traveled to London, everything felt tense “because of what happened to my mother and because of what I experienced and what I saw’.
Meanwhile, Prince William fought back tears as he mentioned his mother in an emotional speech as he unveiled the assassination memorial at the Manchester Arena earlier this year.
Katie Nicholl said the show was getting “a little bit close to the bone” for King Charles. His relationship with the Queen Consort – played by Olivia Williams – will feature in the show’s new series.
The royal expert stressed that their mother’s final years were “a time that Harry and William had to live out so publicly”. Senan West played Prince William in the teaser trailer
The father of three said: “As someone who lives with their own grief, I also know that what is often most important to the bereaved is that those we have lost are not forgotten.
“It’s comforting to remember. By acknowledging that, though taken terribly soon, they survived. You changed our life. They were loved and they are loved.’
Diana’s tragic death in a car accident in Paris in 1997 is covered in The Crown but is unlikely to be revealed until the final season, which is currently filming.
Earlier this week, the show’s creator Peter Morgan hit back at critics who accused the series of “exploiting” the royal family.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peter admitted that the new season, which hits the streaming platform next month, doesn’t shy away from the royal family’s “difficult time” in the 1990s.
Describing how King Charles will “almost certainly have painful memories” of that time, the screenwriter said, “That doesn’t mean the story will be unkind to him or the monarchy in hindsight.”
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Debicki – who has been cast as Diana in the new series – said the storylines were handled with “sensitivity and truth and complexity.”
Crown’s teaser trailer showed Elizabeth Debicki in an exact replica of Diana’s ‘revenge dress’ – complete with a fitted V-neck bodice with an off-the-shoulder design and a sheer train.
The new series, set to air next month, follows Charles lobbying Prime Minister John Major in a bizarre attempt to force his mother’s abdication. Pictured the couple together in 1994
Former Prime Minister John Major condemned the series for basing an episode on the “damaging and malicious lie” that Charles was urging him to oust the Queen.
Friends called the portrayal of the new monarch as a disloyal schemer “wrong, unfair and deeply hurtful” and urged viewers to boycott the hit Netflix show. The new series, set to air next month, follows Charles lobbying Prime Minister John Major in a bizarre attempt to force his mother’s abdication.
But Sir John told The Mail on Sunday the meeting never took place, calling the scene a “barrel load of malicious nonsense”.
A well-placed source said: “All of the one-on-one conversations you see on screen are pure fiction and some scenes were created solely for dramatic and commercial purposes with little regard for truth. People should boycott it.’
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