The Crown season 4 spoilers follow.
The Crown creator Peter Morgan has defended the Netflix drama’s inclusion of a fabricated scene in season four involving Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten.
The first episode of the show’s new season sees Mountbatten (Charles Dance) writing a letter to Charles (Josh O’Connor) in which he discourages the prince from pursuing a relationship with married Camilla Parker-Bowles (Emerald Fennell).
The letter, which Charles is seen opening after Lord Mountbatten has been assassinated by the IRA, sees the Lord warn Charles that he is in danger of bringing “ruin and disappointment” to the royal family – but no record of this letter actually exists in reality.
Morgan has said that he believes the letter is based on the truth, revealing to host Edith Bowman on The Crown‘s official podcast that he wanted to see Mountbatten’s views have a real impact on Charles.
“What we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, ‘Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir’,” he said.
“As the heir, I think there was some concern that he should settle down, marry the appropriate person and get on with it.”
He added that although it isn’t clear whether Mountbatten actually wrote a letter to Charles or not, he decided to include the letter in the show because he fully believes that it “represents his view”.
“In my own head, I thought that would have even greater impact on Charles if it were to come post-mortem, as it were,” he said. “I think everything that’s in the letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe, based on everything I’ve read and people I’ve spoken to, that represents his view.
“We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten’s death, but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it.”
The latest season of The Crown portrays the development of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin)’s relationship and eventual marriage, as well as Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson)’s time as Prime Minister.
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