December 3, 2020

Piers Morgan blasts Prince Harry for Netflix deal as royal insiders ‘enraged’ by The Crown – Express

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The popular royal drama depicts the lives of the Royal Family through the years, with the most recent fourth season dropping last week. Series four portrays the troubled marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, which has caused backlash from royal insiders.

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One accused the show of “dragging things up that happened during very difficult times”.

They told the Daily Mail: “That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.”

Now, Piers Morgan, who has lavished the most recent series with praise, has hit out at Prince Harry for his relationship with Netflix.

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan attacked The Crown for its depiction of the Royals whilst admitting he enjoyed the show (Image: Kieran Galvin / NurPhoto / Getty)

The Crown was produced for, and distributed by, the popular online streaming service.

The Good Morning Britain host remarked how Prince William is said to be “enraged” by how his parents Princess Diana and Prince William are depicted in the show.

However, he claimed Prince Harry “doesn’t seem to share” these same opinions.

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Piers Morgan speaking

Mr Morgan hit out at Harry for having landed a deal with Netflix earlier in the year following criticism of The Crown’s new season by royal insiders (Image: Joe Kohen / Getty)

Mr Morgan admitted he found the new instalment “gripping” and added: “To say I wasn’t disappointed is the understatement of the millennium.’

However, he also wrote in the Mail: “If I were Charles, or William, or the Queen, or Prince Philip, I’d be as disgusted by it all as we’re told they are.”

He accused the Duke of being involved in a company which was “trading off” the Royal Family in a “lurid, sensationalised, hurtful and fact-devoid way”, adding: “Shame on him.”

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The Crown actors

The Crown is distributed by Netflix and is currently in its fourth season (Image: Rich Fury / Getty)

At the same time, the columnist said he did not blame Netflix for making the “highly entertaining” drama, adding: “I don’t believe dramas should have to stick rigidly to facts to tell a story.”

Other analysts disagreed. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam has claimed Harry and Meghan “will claim the show uses dramatic license”.

He told The Sun: “As for the portrayal of the family, I suspect they might even be sympathetic with some of it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

One royal expert has said Harry and Meghan may be “sympathetic” with how some royals are portrayed in the show (Image: Chris Jackson / Getty)

“And of course, the couple were very unhappy as senior members of the family.”

Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, has admitted he had to “conflate” events depicted in the show, and told The Times: “You sometimes have to forsake accuracy, but you must never forsake truth.”

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle were reported to have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix in September this year.

It’s understood the two royals will make documentaries and feature films as part of the deal.

Harry and Meghan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a multi-year Netflix deal in September which will see them produce content (Image: Ben Birchall / WPA Pool / Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement: “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”

The streaming service is thought to have nearly 200 million subscribers around the world.

The royals’ deal with Netflix came around half a year after they stepped down as senior royals and moved to Los Angeles.

They currently live in the Californian region of Santa Barbara, having left LA in the summer.