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The Crown creator speaks out on portrayal of ‘preoccupied’ Queen’s parenting skills

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Peter Morgan has opened up on why the Queen is not shown to have a close relationship with her children, particularly Prince Charles, in the royal drama. The Crown creator revealed he followed the “two teams” theory that she was a better mother to Charles and Princess Anne’s younger siblings Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

He said: “She was much more relaxed as a mother with the second team.”

Mr Morgan added that this could have affected Charles more than his sister Anne.

Speaking on the show’s official podcast, he said: “Anne probably didn’t need that much mothering, based on what I see of her as a character.

“Charles, unfortunately, needs a great deal of love.

“He needs a lot of love, and she was probably unable to give it.

“His need for it, his demonstrative need for it, might have made her ability… retreat even further.”

The Crown creator said a royal historian proposed the theory to him.

He said: “When I heard that theory, it instantly chimed.

“I thought it was a really smart observation, and made the decision to go with that.”

Charles was born in 1948, with Anne arriving in 1950. It was 10 years later that Andrew was born in 1960 and finally Edward in 1964.

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Mr Morgan’s comments come after the fourth series of The Crown was released on Sunday.

The new season, set in the 1980s, sees the arrival of Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin.

The series also marks the return of Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles, Olivia Colman as the Queen, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

The latest instalment of the royal drama documents Charles and Diana’s first meeting.

It portrays the arrival of Prince William and Prince Harry, the couple’s unhappy marriage, Diana’s battle with bulimia and her global fame.

The series also dramatises the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson.

Morgan has defended making up scenes for the Netflix show.

Former royal butler Paul Burrell said the new season is a “fair and accurate dramatisation” of the Royal Family’s treatment of Diana.

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