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Prince Harry ‘in a very awkward situation’ with Netflix as The Crown portrayal ‘upsetting’

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Just months after Harry and his wife Meghan Markle signed a deal with Netflix – estimated to worth a staggering £75million – the streaming giant released the fourth season of their award-winning series The Crown.

The latest series features topics including Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana, his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and the Princess of Wales’ eating disorder.

But royal experts have warned both Harry and his brother Prince William will be disgusted with the portrayal of their family.

Author Penny Junor said: “I think Harry will find himself in a very awkward situation right now.

“It is yet another example, perhaps, of how difficult it is to mix being royal with the commercial world.

“There are bear traps everywhere.

“I would guess that William is very angry about this latest series of The Crown.

“And be deeply upset on behalf of his family. As will Harry.

“It is a grotesque and deeply unfair portrayal of their father, mother and stepmother, and of the wider family, including, of course, their grandparents whom they love dearly.

“Because this series is now covering a time and events that so many people can remember, but is incredibly damaging.

“We are given the impression that the Royal Family are horrible people who behave in a despicable manner.

“While many of the events might be real, so much of the detail and the conversations are complete fabrication – and Peter Morgan probably wouldn’t deny that; he is creating drama after all.

“But it is in danger of damaging not just the reputations of people who are powerless to hit back, but the future of the monarchy itself.”

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While Richard Fitzwilliams said the series portrays Charles – played by Josh O’Connor – as “selfish and insecure”.

He added: “He is self-pitying and brutal to Diana after, for example, her success in New York.

“His physicality is curious, it heightens the aura of inadequacy which this portrayal emphasises.

“He is in love with Camilla but viewers will not sympathise with this portrayal.

“It is made clear that he is a product of an extremely dysfunctional family.”

The Crown is set to cover events up to the early 2000s including the disasters throughout the 1990s in two more seasons.

While stating William is likely to “detest” the series, Mr Fitzwilliams’ does not see it coming between Harry and his deal with Netflix.

He continued: “Harry is unlikely to see a clash between it and the Netflix deal which he and Meghan have made.

“He would probably argue that despite enormous dramatic licence the series has a vast audience, many of whom are fascinated by it and untroubled by how it ignores facts.

“Meghan won’t appear.”

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