NETFLIX'S The Crown is back for a fourth season, and with it comes even more juicy details about the Royal Family.
But fans are left wondering if the Queen and the royals watch the fascinating show.
Does the Queen watch The Crown?
According to royal biographer Robert Lacey – who is also a historical consultant on the show – the Queen isn’t an avid watcher.
He claims this is because it "comes too close to the
He explained: "Whenever any of them are asked about The Crown, they always deny watching it. And that may be because imagination can convey a truth that the facts themselves cannot.
"I would say that The Crown comes the closest to actually re-creating the reality of royal life."
Do any of the other members of the Royal Family watch The Crown?
Olivia Colman who plans Queen Elizabeth in seasons 3 and 4 revealed that Prince William told her he doesn't watch The Crown.
The Oscar winning actress told the Times: “Since getting the part, I’ve met the Queen in a line-up at the BFI, and the lovely Prince William at a charity do at the palace.
“I was very uncool, and he was charming. He has that thing where he makes you feel you’re the most exciting person in the room.”
Mike Tindall has also revealed that he and wife Zara are
"addicted" to it, and actress Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess
Margaret, said Princess Eugenie revealed the Queen enjoyed the first season.
Vanessa said that Philip doesn't watch it as he "can't be bothered".
Has there been any outrage from the royals over The Crown?
Reports have said the Queen gave The Crown a watch after being persuaded by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.
The Queen is said to have been "reasonably
impressed" with series one about the early years of her reign, but this
did not extend to season two.
Her Majesty was said to have been unimpressed by the
episode, called Paterfamilias, which depicts Princes Charles’ unhappy
experiences at Gordonstoun School.
Prince Philip, previously played by Matt Smith, can be seen telling Charles’ character he is “bloody weak” after being found crying.
A senior courtier told The Express: "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
“That simply did not happen."
What has Prince Charles said about The Crown?
The Sun revealed how Prince Charles has shunned The Crown season 4 which depicts his marriage break-up with Diana – and told friends: “I’ve never seen it.”
The row over the fourth series of the show, which also details Diana’s eating disorder and Charles’ affair with Camilla, comes amid controversy over Harry and Meghan’s £112million deal with the streaming giant.
A source close to Charles, 72, said of The Crown: “His Royal Highness has absolutely no views about it. He has never watched The Crown. I shouldn’t think he knows it’s coming out.”
An insider described The Crown as “drama and entertainment for commercial ends . . . with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited”.
They said the series paints Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, in “a very unflattering light”.
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