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London: The Prince of Wales has refused to watch The Crown, royal sources disclosed, as friends said it was "terrible" that his name was being "dragged through the mud".
The new series of the Netflix drama includes the arrival of the young Diana Spencer and rakes over her fledgling relationship with the Prince, whom it makes clear is still in love with Camilla Parker Bowles.
As their marriage becomes increasingly toxic, the Prince is portrayed in a harsh light, withholding the love and affection Diana desperately needed, jealous of her popularity and ultimately treating her with contempt.
Prince William believes the series exploits and misrepresents both his parents. Credit:Splash News
Friends of the Prince yesterday accused Netflix of "trolling on a Hollywood budget", exploiting the Royal family's pain for financial gain and presenting "fiction as fact".
One told the Mail on Sunday: "This is drama and entertainment for commercial ends being made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited. It's dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone's feelings. That isn't right or fair, particularly when so many of the things depicted don't represent the truth."
Courtiers are also said to be furious that the Prince's name is being besmirched, taking attention away from his work. One told The Telegraph: "Many are frustrated and angry that his name is being dragged through the mud. They think it's terrible."
Prince Charles gives a speech on Sunday during a memorial ceremony at the German parliament Bundestag to commemorate the national day of mourning for the victims of war and dictatorship. Credit:Getty Europe
Prince William is also understood to be "none too pleased" with the portrayal of his late mother, which includes her suffering with bulimia, and believes both his parents are being exploited for financial gain.
The wisdom of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have signed a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix – has also been called into question, with friends pointing out that The Crown is one of the streaming giant's most profitable shows.
A spokesman for the Prince declined to comment.
In 2017, the Sunday Express reported that the Queen had viewed and liked the first season after she was encourgaed to watch it by her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
But last year, the Queen's communications secretary released a statement to the Guardian stressing that the royal family would express no endorsement or opinion about "this fictionalised interpretation of historical events".
"The royal household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme’s accuracy."
The Telegraph, London
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