With Netflix’s The Crown filming its fifth season and with Spencer making waves in the world of cinema, it seems as though people can’t get enough of watching dramas that showcase the ins and outs of the Royal Family.
But with all these depictions comes one question: does Her Majesty the Queen sit down with other royals to watch the portrayals?
According to Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana's protection officer between 1988 and 1993, some members of the Royal Family do in fact enjoy watching fictionalised dramas about their lives.
“The royals love that stuff. They will watch it and they have no fear of that. They’re watching it to see how true it is or how untrue it is,” he told OK!.
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Speaking of the truthfulness of the depictions, the author of Diana – Closely Guarded Secret stressed the importance of seeing shows and films like The Crown and Spencer as scripted dramas based on real-life events rather than as factual portrayals.
“Peter Morgan [creator of The Crown] has said himself that this isn’t a documentary of truthful facts. Some of it is truthful and some of it has a license to draw people in,” Wharfe said.
“I thought that Emma Corrin’s portrayal of Diana was brilliant. There wasn’t a great physical likeness, but she mastered the mannerisms, her walk and her speech.
“But one thing’s for certain, Diana didn’t roller skate around Buckingham Palace.”
This isn’t the first time that the Royal Family has been said to watch The Crown, with Sophie, Countess of Wessex reportedly introducing the Queen to the show.
And in a surprise interview on the Late Late Show with James Corden, the Duke of Sussex revealed that he’d watched The Crown, admitting that it was “loosely” true.
“They don't pretend to be news. It's fictional, but it's loosely based on the truth.
“Of course, it's not strictly accurate… But it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle—the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else—what can come from that,” he explained.
The news comes after the BBC aired the first episode of the two-part The Princes And The Press programme, presented by Amol Rajan on Monday evening.
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The documentary suggested that royal sources had briefed journalists about stories and that they had possibly leaked negative stories to the media about other households.
Following the claims made by the controversial programme, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace called the BBC “disappointing” for airing the claims.
In a statement shown at the end of the programme, the households said: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.
“However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”
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