The Crown creator Peter Morgan reportedly feels a sense of “responsibility” to Prince William and Prince Harry as the show moves forward to depict the loss of Princess Diana.
- The Crown season 4 had viewers hooked, but some have expressed concerns that fans could mistake the fictional aspects for fact.
- It’s claimed creator Peter Morgan is very ‘conscious’ of what Prince William and Prince Harry have been through as production gets underway on The Crown season 5 (opens in new tab).
- This royal news (opens in new tab) comes as Prince Charles opens up on his heartache over ‘empty seat at the dinner table’ following the death of his father Prince Philip (opens in new tab).
The Crown season 4 might have been one the most binge-watchable shows of 2020, but its portrayal of the Royal Family, sometimes called The Firm (opens in new tab), also led to calls for a disclaimer to be added.
One such prominent advocate for a fictional "warning" was Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, who expressed concerns (opens in new tab) that fans could mistake the fictional elements in the show for fact. Despite the criticism surrounding The Crown season 4, however, it’s not yet been confirmed whether a disclaimer will be added ahead of each episode.
Though as the show moves closer towards depicting one of the most devastating moments in royal history, it’s claimed that The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan feels a great “responsibility” to two royals in particular.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Edith Bowman, host of The Crown: The Official Podcast has suggested that Peter is very “conscious” about Prince William and Prince Harry as the show progresses into seasons 5 and 6.
“I've spoken to him about it and he's very conscious about the responsibility he feels to Harry and William with this programme moving forward,” she claimed.
“Because what they've been through already has just been excruciating for two young boys and young men. He feels he has a sense of duty to them.”
It’s thought that either The Crown season 5 or season 6 will go on to include Diana’s tragic death in 1997, as well as her divorce from Charles in their storylines. Prince William was 15 and Prince Harry just 12 when they lost their mother, with Harry describing her death as leaving a “huge hole” in an emotional foreword (opens in new tab) for a new children’s book.
Though the Queen (opens in new tab) has never spoken out about the show's portrayal of her reign and family, Harry shared what he thinks of The Crown (opens in new tab) so far in a recent interview with James Corden (opens in new tab).
“They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional," he explained.
“But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course it’s not strictly accurate… it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressure of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”