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Everything Harry has said about The Crown as Duke pressured to cut Netflix ties

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  • “It’s loosely based on truth”
  • “I hear it’s very popular”
  • “I have actually watched The Crown”
  • Prince Harry has been the most vocal out of all the royals when it comes to Netflix’s royal drama The Crown.

    The hit show will land its sixth and final season in two parts, with the first one being released on November 16 and the second on December 14.

    The first part is set to cover the final months of Princess Diana’s life, as well as the devastating impact of her death on the family and the world, while the second part will focus on the late Queen’s life as she approached her Golden Jubilee, the marriage of Charles and Camilla, as well as the blossoming romance of William and Kate.

    King Charles’s younger son and his wife quit their royal duties in 2020 and they subsequently made a deal with Netflix to produce projects, but the royal was recently criticised over his association with the streaming service with some people accusing him of “betraying his family”.

    Here takes a look at everything Prince Harry has said about The Crown.

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    “It’s loosely based on truth”

    In February 2021 during his first interview after he had left the Firm, Prince Harry he spoke about The Crown on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

    He said: “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fiction… But it’s loosely based on the truth.

    “Of course it’s not strictly accurate, of course it’s not, it loosely gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.

    “I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife, or myself.

    “Because that is obviously fiction, take it how you will, but this is being reported on as fact because you are supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”

    The Duke then suggested that actor Damian Lewis would be his pick to play him on the show.

    But the royal was recently criticised over his association with the streaming service with some people accusing him of “betraying his family”.

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    “I hear it’s very popular”

    A few months later in May, the prince was asked again about the series while on Dax Shepard’s The Armchair Expert podcast.

    The royal joked: “I’ve seen elements of it…I hear it’s very popular.”

    He went on to tell Shepard he’d only recently been asked about it by Corden and he added that “seeing your life written about is something the royals are told they need to accept”.

    “I don’t think you ever get used to it [having your life written about] but it is part of that life where you kind of have to—at least or certainly I was told this for many years—it’s just the way that it is you have to accept that they are going to write xyz about you.

    “It’s like ‘but what if it’s not true,’ yeah right and it’s like ‘well just don’t show them that you care because if you show them that you care then they’re going to do it more and more and more.’

    “So basically you’re screwed, like there’s absolutely no way out of this and so yeah.”

    “I have actually watched The Crown”

    In January 2023, the Duke admitted that he’d watched the Netflix series.

    The royal in an interview with Stephen Colbert was asked about season five, which covered the dramatisation of the breakdown of his parent’s marriage in the 1990s.

    Harry replied: “Yes, I have actually watched The Crown—the older stuff and the more recent stuff.”

    Asked whether he’s ever been tempted to “fact-check it”, the prince said: “Yes, I do actually. Which, by the way, is another reason why it’s so important that history has it right.”

    Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, admitted to watching “some of it” during the couple’s CBS interview in March 2021.

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