The Crown heaps agony on the royals by portraying them as backstabbing assailants

NETFLIX is set to spark even more anger as new series The Crown portrays royals as backstabbing scheming.

It comes as the nation – still mourning the Queen’s death last month – is backing the new king.

Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West as Dee and Charles
Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty The QueenCredit: © 2021 Netflix, Inc.
Jonathan Pryce as the Duke of Edinburgh and Natacha McElhone as Penny KnatchbullCredit: Keith Bernstein

The fifth series of the royal drama, which starts on November 9, reveals uncomfortable and painful events from 1990 to 1997.

But it also adds events that are based on conspiracy theories, wild claims or pure imagination.

This will put extra pressure on Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who have struck a deal with Netflix to make their own TV show.

Here are ten storylines from the show that a royal source called “Hollywood budget trolling”:

Finger sucking

IN 1992, the royals were embarrassed by the publication of pictures of the Duchess of York’s finger-sucking antics behind her husband Prince Andrew’s back.

In the show, this sparks a discussion between Prince Charles (Dominic West) and the Queen (Imelda Staunton) about all of Her Majesty’s children and the state of their relationships.

In the scene, the future king snaps and tells his mother: “If we were an ordinary family and social services came to visit us, they’d put us in care and you in jail.”

In another, the Queen is seen admitting that her children’s rocky relationships are “beginning to look like parental failure of the worst kind”.


ONE of the most horrific incidents in the history of the royal family was this scandal, which was based on recordings of intimate conversations between the future king and the current queen.

He said he wanted to reincarnate as a tampon so he could live in her.

Far from avoiding dredging up the 1993 incident, which happened when the then Prince of Wales was married to Dee, the Netflix drama goes further.

Series five features another conversation between Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, which apparently makes their tampon conversation sound decidedly tame.

A reference to a yacht

The world was stunned when the Queen was seen in a rare tearful moment as the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned – a decision made in 1994 by Prime Minister John Major.

But far from trying to save the ship – which has been the scene of many intimate moments for the Windsors – Prince Charles is seen on The Crown suggesting that scraping it might be a good idea.

He tells Major it’s just a “boat” and, in what sounds like an insult to his own mother, played by Imelda Staunton, 66, adds: “She’s clearly past her prime.”

He tells Major (Jonny Lee Miller) that it’s just a “boat,” and in what sounds like an insult to his own mother, he adds, “She’s clearly past her prime.”

But there is no definite evidence that the future king had any opinion on the matter.


THIS series of The Crown devotes an entire episode to Princess Diana’s bombshell 1995 one-on-one with the BBC’s Martin Bashir.

But it does not recreate the interview, which is likely to please Prince William, who has said he never wants it to be broadcast again because of the secretive way his mother was persuaded to take part.

The makers lay the blame squarely at Bashir’s feet and even went toe-to-toe with the Beeb for airing it.

In a tongue-in-cheek moment, Bashir is seen convincing Diana to turn down other overseas chat deals – implying that if she does an interview with him, she will be “protected by the world’s best brand of integrity – the BBC”.

Fresh Prince

In one of the strangest scenes in the new series, Prince Charles tries to break dance.

Still available to watch on YouTube, it’s a spectacle that really happened, albeit five years before the start of series five.

A rare moment of positivity for the future king sees him throwing himself into helping good causes, including his work with the Prince’s Trust.

During an event for the organization, he is invited to try to show off some of his moves.

But in perhaps the scariest moment of the series, he’s seen making a real royal mess.

“Anti-Royal” Dee

AS relations between Princess Diana and Prince Charles hit rock bottom, she was seen taking part in a telephone vote to abolish the monarchy during a televised debate.

There is no evidence that this happened, but it was a real show hosted by Sir Trevor Macdonald in 1997.

At the time, public opinion was wavering about the Windsors due to a series of scandals involving the Queen’s children.

In The Crown, Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) is seen watching the show and frantically dialing to vote.

In real life, the result was 66 percent in favor of keeping the royals.

Princess Spy

The Princess of Wales’ butler, Paul Burrell, said that in her later years, dark forces worked against her.

And The Crown explicitly shows a moment in which Princess Diana is tapped – apparently by the British Secret Service.

She has been seen wandering around Kensington Palace, where phone calls end in strange sounds, often clicking and screeching.

In another scene, her car’s brake cables appear to be cut, almost causing a crash.

But it is not clear if this is an act of sabotage.

The insistent Al-Fayed

BUSINESS tycoon Mohammed Al-Fayed has been portrayed as a candidate who used money and influence to climb British society – and into the royal family.

The former owner of Harrods, who claimed Prince Philip conspired with the secret service to kill Princess Diana, has gone out of his way to please the Windsors.

His son Dodi starting a relationship with Diana was the height of his ambitions.

In a disturbing scene in the new series, Mohammed, played by Salim Dow, sponsors a horse trial in the hope that it will secure him a place next to the Queen.

Charles V Di

AFTER Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama interview, Charles clashed with his wife over her comments about whether he was “fit to be king”.

On their meeting at Kensington Palace, the princess told him: “The waiting, the waiting for it to happen – look how miserable it’s made you.”

In a furious response, Charles says, “It wasn’t the waiting that made me miserable. These are the years I spent rotting away in a marriage to someone trying to destroy me.

Duke and Penny

The Crown’s suggestion that Prince Philip had an affair with high-society beauty Penny Knatchbull in 1991 is now well known – and has been criticized.

But it also shows a suspicious queen reminding Philip, played by Jonathan Pryce, that she is “half your age” while he insists it’s “friendship”.

Penny (Natasha McElhone) confronts her major, who wants to bring her into the fold to “nip this all in the bud.”

Seaing double

THE Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki recreates a famous shot of Diana perched on a diving board.

The 32-year-old Australian actress wore an identical blue swimsuit as she portrayed Dee on holiday with boyfriend Dodi Fayed, just six days before their deaths in 1997.

Debicki stars as the princess, and British-Egyptian actor Khalid Abdallah plays Dodi.

Elizabeth Debicki recreates a famous shot of Diana perched on a diving boardCredit: BackGrid
Diana in her iconic blue swimsuit aboard Dodi Al Fayed’s yachtCredit: Big Photos
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in Netflix’s The CrownCredit: Splash

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