Royal Family LIVE: Prince Philip was ‘very upset’ by Netflix’s ‘fabrications’ in The Crown

Prince Philip: Experts discuss how Duke was 'a source of guidance'

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The popular period drama is set to film its fifth season later this year and will explore the Royal Family struggling to come to terms with Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage falling apart. But earlier series of the show have sparked concern by experts, who singled out a storyline about the Duke of Edinburgh’s behaviour at school ultimately leading to the death of his pregnant sister Cecile in a plane crash in 1937. Royal author Hugo Vickers said this was “not true” and that the late Prince Philip hated the show and was “very, very upset” by it.

He said: “He was very upset about that, I know that for a fact.”

“Of course he would be about how his father was portrayed. Philip didn’t see it [the show] but he was told about it.

“Netflix know it’s not true, because Philip actually travelled out to the funeral with his father.

“There was no punch up, there was no half-term cancelled for him, his sister was always coming over anyway, it was nothing to do with him.

“It was the most horrible thing to happen in his life.”

The royals have now ended their mourning period after Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9.

Millions of people tuned in to watch the family gather to bid farewell to the Duke at his funeral at Windsor Castle last Saturday.

The Queen also celebrated her first birthday without her husband of nearly 74 years on Wednesday.

Netflix did not make any official comment, but a senior production source said: “We don’t comment on individual stories related to The Crown especially a story from several seasons ago”.


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