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December 06, 2020

Us Weekly: Royal Historian Reveals 'The Crown' Got Things about the Royal Family Wrong

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As many people get hooked to the hit Netflix show, "The Crown," a royal historian has come forward to try to set the record straight. Hugo Vickers claimed that the show seems to be entirely based on the late Princess Diana's accounts.

The Netflix series, "The Crown," which is based on the lives of the reigning British royal family, has taken the streaming world by storm. But one royal historian said that the show got some things about the family wrong.

According to author and royal historian Hugo Vickers, the popular series has not been completely fair in portraying the members of the British royal family. 

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 A DAMAGING PORTRAYAL

For example, Hugo said that Prince Charles has been "badly treated" in the show and that the portrayal of his character is quite damaging. He said:

"It seemed to me to be entirely based on Diana's accounts."

The turbulent relationship between the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles takes center stage in season 4 of "The Crown." Actress Emma Corrin plays Diana while Josh O'Connor stars as Prince Charles.

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A DRAMA-FILLED ROYAL MARRIAGE

Diana and Charles were married from 1981 to 1996 and they shared sons Prince William and Prince Harry. Their marital union had been filled with drama, which media feasted on.

Diana perished in a 1997 car crash in Paris. Known for her charity and brave personality, the late princess remains a favorite royal by scores of royal fans around the world.

Earlier, Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, said that a lot of what is shown on the show is mere fiction.

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EXAGGERATIONS AND UNTRUTH

Aside from correcting the portrayal of Prince Charles by the show, Vickers also took issue with the notion that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, tried to undermine U.K.'s politics. The royal historian said:

"That's extremely damaging to Mrs. Thatcher to suggest that she would have used the constitution in that way."

The show also either exaggerated or deviated from the truth when it depicted Queen Elizabeth as having her press secretary relay information about Thatcher to the media.

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DIANA'S BROTHER SPEAKS UP

The series' plot is heavily based on press interviews, autobiographies, and biographies. But personal conversations between characters are highly dramatized.

Aside from dramatization, the show, created by Peter Morgan, also took the liberty of altering the timeline of real-life events in order to create a more compelling narrative.

Earlier, Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, said that a lot of what is shown on the show is mere fiction. He revealed that he turned down the show's request to film scenes at their family's ancestral home.

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As for Corrin, playing Diana has been truly life-changing. She earlier shared glimpses of the work that has gone into recreating the late royal's iconic dresses for the show.

She also shared about the moment the cast and crew first saw her wearing the replica of Diana's wedding dress. She said that the room went completely silent. 

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