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Prince William upset and ‘unhappy’ with The Crown for ‘exploiting his parents for money’

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Netflix’s popular drama The Crown released its fourth season on Sunday, which charts the period between 1977-1990. While covering a number of historical and royal events, the new series focuses largely on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship – something that is said to have upset their eldest son, Prince William.

Each series so far has been criticised for dramatising events and failing to be historically accurate, and the latest season is no exception.

The Crown has been attacked for “inventing” events and has been especially criticised for its portrayal of Charles’ relationship with Diana and Camilla.

Prince William is said to be particularly upset about the depiction of his family.

He believes “his parents are being exploited and presented in a false, simplistic way to make money”, according to The Times.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams agrees the Duke of Cambridge would be upset by the programme.

He told the Daily Mail: “William will undoubtedly detest it.

“I think, if he watches it, he will see it as deeply intrusive and will think its portrayal of senior royals as so malign and ill-mannered as callous and the way it takes so many liberties with fact as deeply deplorable.”

Other royal experts have also criticised the Netflix show for dramatising recent events.

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Royal biographer Penny Junor said Prince Charles would be “incredibly upset” by the series, which she claims is riddled with inaccurate depictions of events and personalities.

She added: “It’s the most cruel and unfair and horrible portrayal of almost all of them.”

Ms Junor accused the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, of having “invented stuff to make expensive and very rich drama”.

Friends of Prince Charles have already responded to several scenes in the show.

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They claim events show Prince Charles verbally abusing Princess Diana and his bride-to-be confronting him about Camilla at their wedding rehearsal never actually happened.

Royal biographer Tom Quinn also said the show’s portrayal of Diana pursuing Charles was “total nonsense”.

He said: “That’s total nonsense [that Diana pursued Charles].

“That really didn’t happen. It was much more subtle.

“According to my sources, Diana certainly didn’t accost Charles either in his car or anywhere else.”

Other commentators, including former royal aide Dickie Arbiter, have urged viewers to watch the show with caution and remember it is “first and foremost entertainment”, with some events and actions being fiction.

But Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler and a close confidante, has claimed the new series is largely accurate.

He said: “This is just a peek behind the doors of Buckingham Palace, that perhaps the palace don’t want you to see because this is the truth in many ways.

“It’s a fair and accurate dramatisation of what happened.”

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