Prince William and Prince Harry are set for an “uncomfortable viewing” of the fifth series of The Crown, a royal expert has claimed. The latest season of Netflix’s hit series will cover events throughout the 1990s.
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex were only young boys during the period in question but could look at some difficult moments for the Royal Family.
A moment of particular difficulty could come when The Crown covers Princess Diana’s death in 1997 when William was 15 and Harry was just 12.
Katie Nicholl, the royal editor at Vanity Fair, told ET: “I think this series is going to be [a] quite uncomfortable viewing, not just for [Queen Consort] Camilla and [King] Charles but also for William and Harry.
“Scenes leading up to their mother’s death are going to be very, very uncomfortable for them.”
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She added: “This is a period that they had to live out so publicly.
“We heard Harry talk about the very real impact it’s had on his life, and William as well.
“So for this to sort of be revisited, even if it’s done tastefully … for this to be brought up all over again is incredibly hard for William and Harry.”
However, The Crown has recently faced criticism for sensationalising events it covers.
Actress Dame Judi Dench warned there was a risk that “a significant number of viewers” would take its events as historical truth.
Dame Judi, who appeared in James Bond as M from Goldeneye to Skyfall, added: “Despite this week stating publicly that The Crown has always been a ‘fictionalised drama’ the programme-makers have resisted all calls for them to carry a disclaimer at the start of each episode.
“The time has come for Netflix to reconsider – for the sake of a family and a nation so recently bereaved, as a mark of respect to a sovereign who served her people so dutifully for 70 years, and to preserve its reputation in the eyes of its British subscribers.”
The actress’ intervention came after Sir John Major told The Mail on Sunday that a scene which apparently depicts a plot to oust the late Queen was “a barrel-load of malicious nonsense”.
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A statement from the former Prime Minister’s office said: “As you will know, discussions between the monarch and Prime Minister are entirely private and – for Sir John – will always remain so.
“But not one of the scenes you depict are accurate in any way whatsoever. They are fiction, pure and simple.”
However, a spokeswoman for The Crown defended the show, by saying: “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.
“Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the Royal Family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”
Season 5 of The Crown premieres on Netflix on November 9.