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‘The Crown’ Could Have Damaged Charles. Becoming King Has Helped.


Beyond the particular facts, some individuals with ties to the palace argue that “The Crown” is so obviously tilted against Charles that it is straightforward to dismiss. As evidence, they cite the unequal treatment of two particularly cringe-worthy Nineteen Nineties scandals, named “Tampongate” and “Squidgygate” by the British news media.

The series, they said, dwells on the prince’s extramarital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, most luridly in an episode about an overheard phone call between Charles and Camilla wherein he tells her he wishes he could “live inside your trousers,” perhaps by being reincarnated as a tampon.

However it ignores an analogous episode involving Diana, then still married, and her close friend, James Gilbey, wherein their intimate phone conversation was surreptitiously picked up and published in The Sun newspaper. In it, Gilbey called her by an immediately notorious nickname, Squidgy.

To some who’ve worked within the palace, the season’s most glaring discrepancy involves not Charles, however the queen. Morgan, who wrote the present season, doctored her celebrated speech in November 1992, when she described that 12 months as her “annus horribilis.” Even in a speech suffused with regret, the queen made no mention of the “errors of the past,” as Imelda Staunton does, in her portrayal of Elizabeth.

Morgan, who declined a request for an interview, has never denied taking license with the facts in “The Crown.” Netflix describes the series as “fictionalized drama inspired by true events,” though it has resisted calls to place a disclaimer on each episode. Some critics have joked that if Morgan were serious about accuracy, he wouldn’t have forged a handsome actor, like West, within the role of Charles.

However it’s not clear, even when the series were meticulously accurate, that the British news media can be within the mood to re-air the dirty laundry of a person who’s Britain’s first recent monarch since 1952. Charles has been widely praised for his performance since taking the throne, including when trouble brewed on the palace this past week.

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