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Prince Charles’ friends have reportedly slammed the fourth series of The Crown and claimed the Netflix show is “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.
Friends of the 72 year old eldest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are said to have “launched a blistering attack” on the show, which releases its fourth series on Sunday 15 November.
Price Charles’ marriage to the late Princess Diana is set to feature on the series, as well as Diana’s struggle with bulimia and Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, to whom he is now married.
The focus of the popular series is said to have caused a “depth of concern” at the very top of the Royal Family.
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And, it’s been reported that palace insiders have now slammed the show.
One source told Mail Online: “This is drama and entertainment for commercial ends being made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited.
“In this case, it's dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone's feelings.
“That isn't right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don't represent the truth.”
The fourth series will also explore Lord Mountbatten’s assassination in Ireland 1979 and Maragret Thatcher’s ousting in 1990.
But, its understood the depiction of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship, which saw them get engaged when she was 19 and he was 32 in 1981, has angered the royals.
A source added to the publication: “The new series paints the Prince and Duchess in a very unflattering light but at least at the start of reality shows like The Only Way Is Essex they admit that some scenes have been invented for entertainment.
“There is no sense of telling carefully nuanced stories – it's all very two-dimensional. This is trolling with a Hollywood budget.
“The public shouldn't be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal of what really happened.”
And it appears palace insiders aren’t the only ones to be disappointed with the series, as Prince William, who reportedly struggled to breath after testing positive for coronavirus, isn’t pleased with the depiction of his parents’ relationship.
A source revealed: “The Duke of Cambridge is none too pleased with it. He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.”
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Meanwhile Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s deal with Netflix is said to have been called into question, following the release of the fourth season.
An insider explained: “There are raised eyebrows about Harry taking millions from the company that's behind all this.
“After all where do much of Netflix's profits come from? The Crown.”
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