Netflix’s The Crown defended by royal expert as ‘all those things did happen’

The hit Netflix series The Crown has been defended by one former royal insider.

The hit show has previously caused a controversy because of its dramatisation and the artistic licence taken when depicting historical events.

But in an exclusive interview with the Daily Star, despite many attacking the series for supposed inaccuracies, one former insider has defended the show for showing real life events.

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Michael Cole is a former BBC Royal Correspondent and, after leaving the corporation, went to work for Mohamed Al-Fayed as his head of press.

As a former insider he would be very familiar with the events from the 80s and the 90s depicted in the hit series.

He said: "There never was a more desperate decade for the Royal Family than the 1990s. During the decade, three of the Queen's children divorced. Windsor Castle caught fire disastrously – it wasn't burned to the ground, but it was a close thing. There was scandal after scandal."

Michael continued: "Fergie having her toe sucked by an American financier, while sunbathing in the nude in the south of France. Prince Charles talking on the telephone to Mrs Parker Bowles, his mistress in stark terms, expressing his carnal desires for her in such a way, a toe-curling way, which held him up to ridicule around the world. Princess Diana, speaking on BBC, to Martin Bashir, which will be in the series who, saying in clear terms, my husband is not fit to be king, he's not up to the top job that she put it, and also saying there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

He added: "Now all those things happened, they can't be wished away. And they will be documented and shown by this programme."

Although Michael appreciates the point of view of those who slam the series for the graphic depictions of controversial comments, he emphasised to us the fact that the series is still depicting part of history.

He said: "The apologists, the explainers, the excusers, who rushed towards the cameras and the microphones, to pass the latest royal embarrassment or indiscretion, well, they're going to have their work cut out on this one."

Michael added: "But actually, all these things happened. They cannot be denied, because they're well documented."

One particular moment that Michael referred to was The Princess Diana interview, for which His Royal Highness Prince William expressed his wish that it never be shown again on British television due to the unlawful way in which it was obtained by Martin Bashir who worked at the BBC.

And although the series has faced criticism for its reenactment of the controversial chat, the former Al-Fayed insider explained that the series had no choice but to show it, because like other events, it was integral to the story of the Royal Family in the 90s.

Michael explained: "I think it's impossible to draw a truthful and accurate portrait of the royal decade without including that because it was a momentous, Earth shaking moment when she undertook to give this interview."

He continued: "I don't think she's unique in the world as being somebody like that, particularly a woman who felt that she'd been wronged. She wanted to put the record straight. I think it would have been impossible to do series five without including that."

The expert also said he thinks the series has come under such scrutiny because of the controversial content of the more modern eras, but it received less criticism for past series as it was such a positive force for The Monarchy and critics overlooked the errors due to the positive nature of the show.

Michael explained: "In those first two series, there were errors. There were anachronisms, there were things that were plainly wrong, but people didn't complain, because the end result was a positive one for the Royal Family.

"Since then, the series have moved on, three, four and now five. The material is much more controversial, is much more contentious and it's much more scandalous. And by the same token, the programme makers Left Bank Productions is obviously going to reflect that."

The former Harrods Group Press Secretary continued to defend the series, implying that although controversial events depicted may cause an uproar, the show is still a fictionalised drama and "not a documentary".

He said: "[Peter Morgan], an esteemed producer of television can suddenly become a pariah, because you don't like the content, the content is dictated by the decade, if I can put it like that. Of course, there are going to be errors, of course, there are going to be things that you don't want to see."

Michael added: "These stories …. they do reveal a higher truth and I think that's the test that has to be applied. Because at the end of the day, this is a work of dramatic, of dramatisation. It is a drama. It is, after all, a television show. It is not a documentary."


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