The royal family seem to be at peak popularity with the public right now, and while there’s no doubt a certain Meghan Markle has played a big part in that, The Crown has definitely encouraged our love for the royals and their fascinating history. The show has been one of Netflix’s biggest success stories, with the third season being filmed as we speak… but not everyone is entirely happy about the storytelling.
In fact, the one person producers probably wanted to please the most allegedly has a slight issue. Up until now, Queen Elizabeth was rumoured to be a fan of the show, with rumour suggesting that she became a fan after the Earl and Countess of Wessex encouraged her to watch it on Saturday evenings.
Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in the first two series', also revealed that Princess Eugenie had been overheard saying her “granny” really liked the first series.
However, one particular episode is said to have struck a chord with Her Majesty - and not in a good way.
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According toThe Express the Queen was left upset after seeing episode nine of season two, which focuses on the debate between the Queen and Prince Philip about where to send Prince Charles to school.
In it, we see a young Charles struggling at Gordonstoun; the school his father chose and which Philip also attended as a boy. When young Charles found crying over bullying, Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith, tells his eldest son he is “bloody weak”.
But a senior courtier told the publication: "The Queen realises that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the Royal Family and she cannot change that.
"But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son’s wellbeing.
"She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland.
“That simply did not happen."
The battle over where to educate Prince Charles was won by his father, but the outcome was far from happy for the young heir to throne. pic.twitter.com/qEDf3sbCa2
- The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) February 1, 2018
Charles himself has admitted that he found his time at the boarding school tough, but learned to love it in the end.
Hopefully Her Majesty can forgive the producers and give series three a go - with a cast including Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter, it's bound to be a showstopper.
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