Royal expert says Prince Philip portrayal in The Crown – ‘Wretched and disgraceful!’

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

29th Nov, 2020. 12:51 pm
The Crown

Netflix series ‘The Crown’ is once again receiving criticism for portraying Prince Philip’s character as “wretched and disgraceful”.

Hugo Vickers, who has written several books by the Royal Family, made the comments about the character. 

Season four of The Crown features the time between 1979 and 1990. It featured the relationship between Princess Diana and the Royal Family. During the third and fourth seasons, an older Prince Philip is portrayed by Tobias Menzies.

Vickers focused on the scene in the final episode of Season Four, which shows the Royal Family gathering at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas in 1990.

He writes: “Prince Philip knocks at the door and Diana – portrayed to great effect in the series by Emma Corrin – tells him she is in a ‘dark, loveless cave’ and that she wants to ‘breakaway’.

“Yet the response from her father-in-law is menacing; he warns her that it won’t end well if she does any such thing.

“Diana replies: ‘I hope that isn’t a threat, Sir.’

“Who can be in any doubt that this fictional conversation is a thinly veiled and chilling reference to Diana’s impending death.”

 Hugo Vickers wrote in the Mail on Sunday, “I have watched each passing episode of The Crown with mounting horror and have dissected all 40 episodes in books charting the untruths the series contain.

“From the outset, The Crown has been full of not merely inaccuracies but clear and deliberate departures from the truth.

“Prince Philip’s treatment by the producers is particularly disgraceful.”

 According to Mr. Vickers during this time: “The drama claims that he refused to kneel at the Queen’s Coronation, for example, that he became a notorious philanderer and that he had been accused by his father of being responsible for the death of his sister Cecile in a plane crash.

“Wrong, wrong, and monstrously wrong.”

 He also said that Philip, as played by Mr. Smith, comes across as “a fractious, bumptious Jack the lad who is very much the villain”.

 But, critics have claimed that most parts of the series are misleading. Diana’s brother Charles Spencer suggested that each episode should begin with a disclaimer note, this isn’t true, but it is based around some real events”.

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