The Crown: Full trailer for fifth season
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Prince Harry urged others to watch Royal Family-based Netflix drama, The Crown, but wished the plotline of the fictionalised drama would “stop before they get to me”, a royal biographer has claimed. The first series of The Crown was released by the streaming giant in 2016, beginning with the marriage between then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
The series continues on to document an imagination of the Queen’s reign once she ascended the throne, painting a picture of the Royal Family members around her through the decades.
There have been various accounts of which Royal Family members may or may not have watched The Crown, with royal expert Katie Nicholl previously suggesting Camilla, but not the late Queen Elizabeth II nor Princess Anne, has watched the show.
Actor Matt Smith, who portrayed Prince Philip in the earlier series of the show, has also commented he anecdotally heard the late royal did not tune in to the Netflix drama.
Although Prince William is not thought to have watched the series, Prince Harry has hinted he has pressed play on the show by saying The Crown is “fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth”.
He continued: “It gives you a rough idea about that lifestyle—the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else—what can come from that.”
The Duke of Sussex added: “I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself.”
Royal biographer Angela Levin has now claimed that Prince Harry recommended the show to her, but only wished the fictionalised chronicling of the Royal Family would stop before it reached a dramatised retelling of his life.
She recounted interviewing the Duke of Sussex in 2017, and described his eagerness to know whether she had been keeping up with The Crown.
The second series of the drama had been in the November of that year.
When she replied that she had not seen the latest series, Ms Levin quoted the prince as saying: “Oh, you must watch it.
“My only problem is they’ve got to stop before they get to me.”
The second series of the streaming service’s hit drama covered the 1950s and 1960s, including the births of Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
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The role of the Queen was reprised by Claire Foy, before switching to Olivia Colman for an older incarnation of the monarch in the following series.
It was revealed last month that the show’s fifth season will hit the streaming service on November 9.
The cast will once again change, with Imelda Staunton taking up the mantle as the Queen through the early to mid-1990s.
The plot is expected to focus on the breakdown of the marriage between now-King Charles III and Princess Diana, ahead of her death in 1997.
It features Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, taking over from Emma Corrin, and will show the early lives of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Following the announcement of the Queen’s death on September 8, the streaming service paused filming for the upcoming fifth instalment as a mark of “respect” to the late monarch.
The show was intended to finish after five series, but has been extended for a sixth and final series.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a separate deal with Netflix, reported to be worth in the region of $100 million.
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