King Charles III is so worried about the ‘exploitative’ Season 5 of ‘The Crown’

It’s so funny to me to think that the Windsors were gleefully spreading around their own wishful thinking as “fact” in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Royal sources were eager to tell British outlets that they believed many books and projects would be put on hold, rewritten or canceled altogether. Instead, Katie Nicholl’s book is already making headlines, as is Valentine Low’s and Angela Levin’s. I have every reason to believe that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s projects were only paused temporarily for a couple of weeks. And Netflix said FULL STEAM AHEAD! Over the weekend. Netflix confirmed that The Crown Season 5 will start on November 9th, which was likely always going to be the premiere date. Netflix also dropped this teaser:

I can’t wait. People are so excited for this season! It’s the “war of the Waleses,” during John Major’s run as prime minister. It will apparently feature dramatizations of then-Prince Charles’s Jonathan Dimbleby interview and Diana’s Panorama interview. Ahead of the Season 4 premiere two years ago, Charles organized a completely unhinged PR campaign against Netflix and The Crown. “Sources close to Charles” cried for weeks and months about how The Crown got everything wrong. Well, now Charles is king. So he’s putting the full f–king weight of Buckingham Palace behind his campaign against The Crown now. From the Telegraph:

Buckingham Palace has moved to protect the reputation of the King as Netflix prepares to dramatise the “all out war” of his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales in a new series of The Crown. The timing of its release could not have been worse for the King, whose popularity has surged since he became monarch, as it will remind viewers of the darkest years of his life, when he was the least popular member of the Royal family.

A senior royal source stressed on Sunday that The Crown is “a drama not a documentary” in the first sign of a push back against what will be uncomfortable viewing for the Palace.

Netflix decided not to delay the release of the fifth series, despite the death of Queen Elizabeth, whose “annus horribilis” in 1992 will be covered by the new episodes. It was the year in which Windsor Castle partly burnt down and both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew separated from their wives and the Princess Royal divorced Mark Phillips.

A spokesman for the streaming giant said the series had been completed before the Queen’s death and that no changes to it had been made.

A friend of the King described the drama as “exploitative” and said Netflix would have “no qualms about mangling people’s reputations”, even the late Queen’s. The source added: “What people forget is that there are real human beings and real lives at the heart of this.”

The King has never watched The Crown or passed comment on it, but the Queen Consort does watch it and made light of her own portrayal on screen by inviting Emerald Fennell, who plays her on screen, to an International Women’s Day reception at Clarence House earlier this year.

Royal aides believe the King and the Queen Consort will be better able to counter the portrayal of themselves in The Crown now that they have higher profile roles. Worldwide interest in the couple will be higher than it has been for decades after billions of people watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

One well-placed source said: “You will see the King and the Queen Consort on state business in the UK and abroad and people will have more of an opportunity to compare the real people with the fiction they see in The Crown. In the past they didn’t get so much coverage, so in that sense it was harder for people to be able to compare and contrast the drama with the reality.”

[From The Telegraph]

As we said many times around Season 4, if ten hours of prestige streaming content can ruin a prince’s reputation, then perhaps Charles’s careful twenty-year rehabilitation isn’t as strong as he thinks. Season 4 – and the Windsors’ reaction to it – showed that support for Charles and Camilla is a mile wide and an inch deep. As soon as people remember or learn about all of the sh-t he did to Diana in the 1980s and 1990s, it’s game over. Honestly, Season 5 is going to be so much worse than Season 4 as well – I hope The Crown shows the depth of the public hatred for Charles, and the dawning realization (from his own mouth) that he married Diana as little more than a broodmare, because his father forced him to.

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  1. Veda says:

    No amount of marketing can sell a bad product. Netflix is not the bad product here.

    • Gillysirl says:

      Especially the quality of marketing that comes out of the palace. They (very) obviously have no idea what they are doing.

      I think the aristo set is freaking out that people are understanding that they are nothing special. The titles mean nothing, they don’t do good work, and mostly sit around and vacation. And think how they must be special because they have all this money and titles. Any work they do is about keeping the status quo. Not all, but most.

    • taris says:

      what pleases me is that sooo many more people around the world will see the crown (and they’ll see the british royal family for the shits they are) than will read any of the propaganda books ever written by all the royal ‘experts’.

      ditto, with the sussexes – many more people tune in to them and their projects directly. reasonable/non-bigoted people can see how unhinged the BM are.

      when will the RF (and their media acolytes) learn that, ultimately, they’ll NEVER win this war.

    • Isabella says:

      Charles looks so silly on that throne, with his spindly legs and goofy facial expressions. The Queen had a unique brand. This isn’t it.

    • susan says:

      “You can’t polish a turd”

      All the King’s horses and all the King’s men have got their rags ready, but it won’t help.

      I sincerely hope they include the phone call where he says he wants to be her tampon.

      • panthress says:

        To Susan, “I sincerely hope they include the phone call where he says he wants to be her tampon”.

        Susan I am hoping the same thing. Come on Netflix and make my day!!!!

  2. Owlsyn says:

    For the amount of time and press the firm gives to the evils of The Crown and non-working royals living abroad, you would think that the monarchy has absolutely nothing else going on. The United Kingdom must be a utopian paradise.

    • Gabby says:

      This right here.

    • Lucy says:

      I have such a hard time believing the motto of “Never complain, never explain” as The Firm seems to do little else.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      Why are they so petty and obsessed with the Sussexes and the Crown? The pound is falling, they may dump this new Prime Minister and people are facing real hardship this winter, but Charles has no focus and seems to have no idea what to do as king besides revenge.

  3. Flowerlake says:

    I’m looking forward to what Gen Z has to say 🙂

    And they can easily look up the tampon stuff by themselves on a new fashioned thing called the internet.

    • Seraphina says:

      hahaha, that tampon incident. My 18 year old was asking about King Up-Chuk and I told him the tampon story. He froze in his place and just sat there for a bit. Can’t make this stuff up.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Tampon King is not a leader of men. He just isn’t. Never was, never will be.

  4. Talie says:

    It’s the Camilla part that will give them palpitations – she gets worse as the 90s go on. I believe she and Di had a confrontation at a house party. When they dropped the teaser over the weekend, I was surprised, but I also thought it was good that they weren’t scared off. It’s possible they even reached out to Prince Harry about it. I honestly think he’s even more done now than he was before.

    • Lilpeppa40 says:

      @Talie – I genuinely don’t mean this in a disrespectful way but why on earth would Netflix reach out to Prince Harry about the Crown? One has nothing to do with the other and I’m fairly certain both parties are aware of that.

    • Josephine says:

      I can’t imagine being one of these women who were raised to be so useless. All of that education and finishing school and you’re just a mistress and then a useless lunk. She comes across as so slow and pickled but I guess she’s sly when she needs to be.

      • Roo says:

        I agree. Can you imagine having all that time and money and doing NOTHING productive with it. Think of how much help you could give to schools and elderly people in the community through fundraising and volunteering. It boggles my mind.

  5. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Streisand effect.

    Charles deserves what’s coming, including the financial crisis and the plummeting of the British pound. His subjects are losing their homes and shirts. But they’re keeping Netflix and could be about to tear this b*tch (the monarchy itself?) down.

    • panthress says:

      @ Thats, I totally agree that he deserves every bit that’s coming and much, much more. He spent millions reparing Whoremilla’s reputation, buying her jewels, and a home. The serpent consort is now described in the British Tabloids as saint and savior of Charles, William, and Harry. However, the polls show that Meagan is more popular than Camilla. But the good news is the sympathy that Charles accumulated for the death of his mother is slowly eroding. There is more chatter in the tabloids and on line with negative comments about him. His days of riding on the coattails of his mum is about to come to an end.

  6. Tessa says:

    He would have had nothing to worry about had he behaved like a decent human being he cannot rewrite or change the past he also should have not cooperated with writers like penny who gaslit Diana before and after her death

    • MeganC says:

      That’s exactly it. If Charles had just been nice to Diana history would be totally different. Instead, he went the Princess Margaret/Antony Armstrong-Jones route.

    • Colby says:

      What’s funny to me is that I actually think The Crown goes out of their way to make Charles look *better* than what I understand he was in reality. They made him a more sympathetic character – not totally a victim, but at least you understand his behavior to some extent. I think they could have gone way harder on him. I guess we’ll see what the next season brings though.

  7. girl_ninja says:

    Well Charles, these are the consequences of you being a disguising, cheating bum. You are being shown for who you were and who you are. Have fun with the Queen Side Chick.

  8. E.A says:

    oh for goodness sake its a drama most of the stuff are made up, if they did Harry and Meghan’s storyline I’m sure they wouldn’t look great either, everything from the royal is based on royal reporter which we clearly now know is bull.

    • Merricat says:

      It’s not a documentary, but it is based on real people and events–otherwise, there would be lawsuits.

      • E.A says:

        Of course im aware but there’s only so much “truth” to most of them apart from the obvious Dana’s interview and Charles own words everything else is debatable

      • Seraphina says:

        @EA – well, by that argument all of history that is written by anyone other than the person involved is debatable. Including the Bible.

    • Lizzie says:

      The events certainly were not made up, private conversations maybe but we’ve seen again this week that place staff spy and sell everything.

    • Maxine Branch says:

      This series is clearly historical fiction and claims to be nothing more. The irritation from the gutter reporters and institution is the “historical” part. Charles married Diana young and treated her horribly as her spouse. He had an affair throughout his marriage with Camilla. That’s history that is what happened. Any goodwill for this institution died with their Queen. Folks internationally will play nice because this is part of the game. Reciprocity is what they all do. You visit my kingdom and I will visit yours and we will all look important in opulent settings. Any thinking person knows these two adulterers will be laughed at and spoken about dastardly behind closed doors.

      • sparrow says:

        I actually think that by living so long the queen managed to clean some of her historical windscreen, so much so we forget what she did and blame it all on Charles. The queen was the one who insisted her son marry a much younger woman, knowing full well he didn’t want to and that he was in love with someone else. Diana was a lamb to the slaughter and the queen knew it.

      • Tessa says:

        The queen by nature was passive and did not force issues without a crisis coming she did not force Charles to marry Diana Charles was 32 then not a child he had many women in his life including other serious relationships and another married mistress Charles should not get a free pass here imo

    • Jais says:

      Sure, but some facts do exist. Charles continued an affair with Camilla during his marriage. Facts. Interviews w Dimbleby and the Morton tapes give 1st person accounts. Facts.

    • Seraphina says:

      Some of here are old enough to know and saw it unfold. Sure there are liberties but the broad strokes are on point.

      • Becks1 says:

        Even Harry said that on Corden – I forget his exact wording but the broad strokes are correct. Harry probably sympathized a lot with the portrayal of his grandmother as a young woman at the mercy of her mother, grandmother and the courtiers.

      • Christine says:

        Exactly! We saw the abuse first hand. Charles wants to rewrite history, but there are many people who remember the way he treated Diana.

    • Isabella says:

      Exactly. The Charles-Camilla-Diana marriage actually happened. Tampon-gate is actually on tape.

    • Jaded says:

      @E.A. — So conversations and dialogue aren’t verbatim but as we’ve been saying all along, the broad brushstrokes are all true. ALL TRUE. I lived through that era and remember everything in detail. Did you? I guess the point you’re trying to make is all history is bull because we weren’t there to experience it? This is a story that should never fade away into oblivion. Diana was a true crusader at smashing the carefully contrived fakery of the royal family. She wanted the world to see it warts and all and The Crown continues to expose the truth of what she experienced.

  9. SarahCS says:

    There was excited hand clapping in my office just now as I watched the trailer. I am SO HAPPY that this is coming. They behaved atrociously and have most of the British media now complicit in their attempts to re-write history. It’s just wrong and I’m delighted that the narrative they’ve been pushing is being challenged. They’re as bad and worse as the portrayals in The Crown.

    • Green girl says:

      Yeah and the crown introduces a new and younger generation to these stories. It’s been amusing to see how this new generation reacts to the royals.

      There is a greater focus on mental health these days and the new generation is more open about discussing their personal struggles and having empathy for others. It’s no wonder Diana’s popularity just won’t go away. Again, Diana has the last laugh beyond the grave!

  10. Bea says:

    How unfortunate for him that this season is going to be widely watched just as he begins his tenure hahaha. This season will bring Charles’ behaviour and who he is as a person to the fore and that’s going to dominate royal talk for some time. Also, it seems that several American media outlets are still on the fence about how they’ll cover the royals going forward, so the timing really is perfect.

  11. Lizzie says:

    Hey Netflix, if your not already, November would be a great time to push a 7 day free trial in the UK. They will be struggling to pay heating bills so let’s make sure all of the kings subjects can watch.

    • Gabby says:

      And in the Commonwealth. Especially there.

      • Likeyoucare says:

        nah we are good here in commonwealth country. We dont need to watch netflix to know how bad the BRF was. We can open our history books and read how they stole and kill our ancestor.

  12. Merricat says:

    I can hardly catch my breath from laughing. What goes around, comes around.

  13. Snuffles says:

    “ “What people forget is that there are real human beings and real lives at the heart of this.”

    Yeah we do. That’s why people are lapping it up. And if The Firm thinks Charles and Camilla’s dull daily duties will trump juicy behind the scenes stories of family drama, they’re delusional.

    • Merricat says:

      The irony of Charles’ “friend” coming out with a statement like that is astonishing. After years of encouraging the smearing of his son and daughter-in-law, the king has a lot of nerve (but no brains) to put that out.

      • equality says:

        Exactly right. What I was thinking. And the irony of it being quoted in tabloids.

      • Becks1 says:

        when you compare that statement to some of the headlines from CB today about Meghan…..

        its clear that they never really considered Meghan a “real human being” with a “real life.” It’s really disturbing and sad.

    • Coldbloodedjellydonut says:

      Interesting how this is a factor for confirmed adulterers who hurt a young girl yet not for the Prince and his wife who walked away for their mental health

  14. Becks1 says:

    I’m howling at the line about how he and Camilla didn’t get that much coverage before so couldn’t counteract the narrative but now as King and QC they’ll get more coverage so people will be able to compare and contrast their behavior. Like even now, at 74 years old, as King, Charles is still pissy about how much press coverage he gets compared to other royals (i.e. his sons and daughters in law.)

    I’m excited for this season, my only issue is that its premiering on a Wednesday, why not a Friday or Saturday like I think the past seasons have done? That’s going to slow down my watching a bit.

    • Tessa says:

      Charles and Camilla were giving their side for years through books be befell smith etc Camilla gave an interview in 2017 Charles also has spin doctors

    • Highland pony hill says:

      Cool then call of them attack dogs on Meghan, after all she is a real human being

      • Becks1 says:

        ? Not sure how that’s responsive to my comment, but I’ll say that the Crown isn’t in response to the attacks on Meghan, especially since Season 1 aired in 2016. It just so happens that the Firm is repeating itself and people are noticing the parallels.

      • Barbara says:

        @Becks1 – I think it may have been a response to the part where Chuckles is pissy that his sons and daughters-in-law get more press than he does. If he shut his mouth about Meghan and stopped giving the rats things to write about her, maybe he’d find himself in the papers more.

    • Snuffles says:

      Are they switching to a week to week release schedule, or are they doing the full season dump like they usually do?

      • Becks1 says:

        I had read somewhere that they were planning on switching to a week by week release as a general practice going forward (I mean all the other streaming services do it, at least I think they do, so I’m not surprised) but not sure if they are starting already or if its something that they intend to start doing down the line maybe in 2023 or something.

    • Harper says:

      Yes, the idea that now people can compare and contrast C&C’s behavior line has me scratching my head. So Charles sneering at his aides to remove the ink pots, and Charles having a melt down over his leaking pen, are just the kind of uplifting, positive anecdotes to wipe away what both did to Diana? Or the headlines that he is withholding titles from two toddlers and his own brother? Or the fact that he is requiring the British television stations to submit for approval only 60 minutes of funeral coverage and scrap the rest? Charles is his own worst enemy, not Netflix.

      • Renae says:

        What is this about 60 min of funeral coverage? Haven’t heard anything about that.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Renae we might have a post about it so I don’t want to threadjack too much, but there was an article in the Guardian that Peter Hunt retweeted. Also there is a story from thursday or Friday about the royal family being able to control the funeral coverage.

      • Gabby says:

        I’m glad you brought up the leaky pen. I will bet my car that this new season contains a scene of the fictional Charles baring his teeth and frothing at someone in an uncannily similar manner.

    • 809Matriach says:

      I don’t care what day the new season of The Crown premieres. If I stay up and binge watch all Wednesday night, I’ll just take off on Thursday. As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to apply for a day of vacation ahead of time so I can REALLY binge!

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      This! That part about “at least now we get coverage so people can contest our behavior with that on the show” made me laugh out loud. Whoever thinks someone will watch King Snarls’ recent behavior (the pens, the deliberate humiliations toward H&M) and think The Crown got it wrong is delusional.

      • Becks1 says:

        ESPECIALLY with Dominic West playing him. ooooh its going to be so good!

        I actually think that’s part of why Charles is worried….Josh O’Connor was actually a pretty sympathetic Charles. Yes he still treated Diana horribly (the scene where he’s yelling at Diana about how he hugs people that he loves, and he loves Camilla is so chilling) but he seemed younger than Charles was IRL, so it blurred the age gap/power dynamic, and he just seemed more lost I think.

        Dominic West is not going to play Charles like a lost boy looking for Mommy’s approval.

      • Dilettante says:

        No, just a lost boy looking for his tampon.

  15. Scorpion says:

    The £ has plummeted today to new lows, letters of no confidence are already going in for the new PM, Britain is in a recession with a cost of living crisis. However this pampered, cosseted ponce wants us to worry about his mangled reputation which he did of his own account.

    I hope he gets heckled wherever he goes.

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, I saw a tweet this morning – “Queen Elizabeth II and the British pound both pass away in September.”

  16. North of Boston says:

    “What people forget is that there are real human beings and real lives at the heart of this”

    Oh really? And where was *that* concern when the RR, people inside the palaces, people inside The Firm and inside TRF were constantly leaking, briefing, lying and launching attacks against Meghan, Harry and their children? Amazing how “never complain, never explain” only applies to The Sussexes; when Charles and Camilla are the ones being depicted as less than glorious suddenly the palace machinery goes in to overdrive to clap back!
    Charles should remember there are his actual recorded interviews and phone calls, and him personally seen in public doing and saying garbage things. It was really Charles doing it; nothing The Crown can show is worse than what Charles himself already did. Netflix is merely dusting off the public record of what gross excuses for human beings he and Camilla were and are.

  17. Nevia says:

    I really don’t understand why he’s making such a big deal out of it. Just deal with it, dude. He gets to be portrayed by two really good-looking actors, which is highly flattering. They actually did a good job in the earlier seasons in humanizing him, basically blaming his character on the poor parenting skills of Elizabeth and Philip.

  18. Nlopez says:

    Wouldn’t it be something if, even in death, Diana helped overthrow the monarchy! Chuck and cams get no sympathy from me. Karma is a b#tch c&c, and it’s coming for you two conniving cretins!

  19. Amy Bee says:

    The Crown is going to remind people that Charles did a tell all interview several months before Diana’s more famous one and I’m here for it. As soon as the trailer came out Robert Jobson sprang into action calling for Harry and Meghan to drop their Netfix deal. It was hilarious.

  20. equality says:

    It’s like PH’s book. The more they whine and carry on about it the more interested people will be. It’s free publicity for both.

  21. Roo says:

    He’s the finally the king and you hear no trace of leadership from him. No comments or actions to reduce the effects of high energy and food costs, only whining about his PR. He could so easily lead efforts to increase the number and supplies of food banks and funding to reduce the impact of energy bills. He could show real leadership and concern for his people. But, that would require concern for others, wouldn’t it?

    • Nevia says:

      He is too drunk on power and self-importance at the moment. The plight of the commoner is the last thing that concerns him. If he had any ability to read the room, he would scrap his coronation plans entirely. Who even needs a coronation in this day and age?

      • SueBarbri says:

        That’s it! I was wondering why Charles was in such a tizzy about The Crown this weekend, but I think you nailed it. He’s already on the throne, but his team is so vain and out of touch they’re actually afraid this new season of the show is going to tank public opinion to the point where a coronation is off the table. Man. I saw some debate on another website where some RF supporters were trying to figure out how long the ceremony is going to be, how heavy Camilia’s crown will be, and blah blah blah House of Lords, and I couldn’t believe how old-fashioned it all was. They can’t read the room at all. It’s amazing. And I’m going to enjoy watching them fail.

      • Dilettante says:

        Nevia, you nailed it. Too drunk on power and self-I importance at the moment.

    • sunny says:

      1000% This. It boggles the mind.

  22. Brassy Rebel says:

    A guy who is unbothered by his daughter in law being labeled a “narcissistic sociopath” is not in any position to whine about the facts of his own sordid treatment of his first wife who was just a teenager when he met her.

  23. OriginalMich says:

    Lol! I love this for him. Am going to watch the new season (twice) just out of spite.

  24. aquarius64 says:

    Karma is kicking in the doors of BP. The courtiers are upset that Tampon gate will be replayed, transcripts and all. It’s goes against the stately image King Up-Chuck is trying to project. Side note: The Crown is premiering Nov 9, five days before Charlie’s b-day. Happy birthday Your Nasti-sty.

    • windyriver says:

      Somewhere on Twitter someone posted an old SNL skit about tampon Charles and Camilla’s trousers. It included a quick cameo by Mick Jagger as a butler. Kinda long and not all that funny, but shows the publicity that story received.

  25. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    All the I’m getting from the palace hysteria is that there was absolutely no reason why they couldn’t have denounced the horrible lies written about Meghan, from Tightsgate to that disgusting portrayal of Archie as a chimp, nope, no reason at all except that they were behind it and are moral cowards.

  26. Over it says:

    I saw Robert jobson tweet about this and couldn’t stop laughing. Imagine him tweeting this with a straight face. Like hello, you and all the other rota rats have spent two plus weeks smearing and humiliating and demeaning Diana son Harry and his wife. Chucky and Camilla have gone out of their way along with Willy, Kate and sophie to snub Harry and Meghan but yet you expect Harry to show loyalty to people and an institution that treats him like dirt? Go sit down before you fall down you clown.
    I laughed so hard when I saw this preview drop, it’s what they both deserve.

  27. Lala11_7 says:

    One thing looking at the series and knowing history and etc…you can TELL that the production staff had TOP LEVEL ACCESS to historical documents…diaries…to the descendants of those historical folks….and I’ve ALWAYS thought that’s why the Royals have such an issue with the series…that so MUCH of it IS what went down….

    And this is why Harry…NEVA had an issue with it…

  28. Blue Nails Betty says:

    “ Well, now Charles is king. So he’s putting the full f–king weight of Buckingham Palace behind his campaign against The Crown now.”

    So much for “never complain, never explain.”

    • Concern Fae says:

      And they are going to laugh in his face. Part of actually understanding and knowing power is not picking fights you are going to lose.

  29. [insert_catchy_name] says:

    “…after billions of people watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral…”

    Sure, Jan.

    • kirk says:

      29.2M total viewers (26.2M average) in UK, although higher #s (37.5M) counted if people watched at least 3 minutes!
      11.4M viewers in US (some of us just for H-M),
      5.2M viewers peak in Australia (mb up to 6.1M).
      We haven’t even gotten to 100M yet, let alone 1B.

  30. BeanieBean says:

    I didn’t see anything specific in that Telegraph article, nothing to indicate the ‘full weight of’ the palace will actually DO anything. So Charles is king now & his whining about a TV show somehow has more meaning? Because he’s king? The delusion is real.

  31. Nevia says:

    Anyway, I really hope the Diana vs. Camilla confrontation at her sister’s birthday made the final cut. It has such excellent dramatic potential, with Camilla being like, “you have the kids, the life; what more do you want?” and Diana answering, “I want my husband back.” Please, Netflix. Don’t let me down.

    • kirk says:

      If Netflix doesn’t put it in the Crown, you can watch it on Diana the Musical on Netflix, 1:15:00 mark includes setup for the song. Some people hate Diana the Musical. I love it, not having been a Diana worshiper back in the day. The musical helped me view her more sympathetically.

  32. Gabby says:

    King Tampon deserves to be worried and stressed about his portrayal. Because all the worst parts of him are the truth, and some of the artistic license taken by The Crown doesn’t change that.

    I hope it is the first thing that enters his thoughts when he wakes up in the morning. I hope it stays on his mind all day. At night when he puts his oh-so-delicate head on the pillow, I hope he lies awake for hours, staring at the ceiling and worrying.

  33. Merricat says:

    If only there was evidence that Charles had any regrets regarding Diana, or that he had learned anything AT ALL from what happened a quarter of a century ago–but instead, Charles is intent on repeating his mistakes in real time, with Harry.
    As Obi Wan said to Vader, “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” The monarchy cannot seem to grasp that they are turning Harry into a national martyr, and a hero to the people.

    • SussexFan says:

      More and more, I am seeing Harry as his ancestor, Henry Bolingbroke. When King Richard II sought to take away his titles and patrimony as Duke of Lancaster, that was it.

      • Flowerlake says:

        Richard II was a piece of work.

        One of the worst kings, together with John and Edward II, in my opinion.

  34. TheOriginalMia says:

    He should be worried. My mother had no idea what the Crown was, but her FB watch feed has been full of BRF clips. She saw a scene from the Crown where Charles tells Diana that his only concern was Camilla and she didn’t matter as the mother of his children. My mother was hot. Now that was a 5 minute clip. Can’t imagine her & others’ reactions to a full season of the War of the Wales and Diana’s death. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

  35. sammi says:

    Did anyone see the Penny Junor interview on UK TV where she said that Charles did not have sex with Camilla the night before his wedding…….Camilla just gave him Oral Sex……made me feel quite sick.

    • sparrow says:

      God, no, I hadn’t heard any of that. That is disgusting – disgusting that it happened; disgusting that it’s out there for this idiot woman to write about. And yet Meghan’s the one who doesn’t know the rules.

  36. C-Shell says:

    After I inhaled the trailer yesterday, I binged the entire 4th season. It’s quite painful to watch, with the poignancy of Diana’s tender feelings and efforts to entice Charles to stay in the marriage, to LOVE HER, sweet summer child that she was. Kaiser’s so right. Season 5 is going to burn it down to the ground. The timing could not be better. Meanwhile, the BRF default to The Streisand Effect is working overtime. LOL. I love that for them.

  37. Cali says:

    I always though that William looks very much like a Spencer but maybe his youthful blond mop of hair misled me. The photo of Charles and Diana dressed all in black shown above clearly reveals that William’s lower face (nose and Jaw) looks very much like Charles. The eyes are totally different though, William fortunately escaped the close set 👀 eyes.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      Honestly don’t see any resemblance Will has to Charles. Harry has Charles’ close set eyes, lol . He’s still handsome though.

  38. sparrow says:

    You know your family is in trouble when a TV series has nearly caught up with your timeline. The BRF is now officially a joke.

  39. JaneBee says:

    Anyone taking bets that Charles has demanded legal advice on whether Ofcom (or whatever the relevant UK government agency is) can deny Netflix the right to stream season five in UK on the basis that it’s treasonous or poses a threat to national security? 😂 You just know Michael Fawcett looked into it, however briefly.

  40. Izzy says:

    “ there are real human beings and real lives at the heart of this…” Funny how the RF and their cronies don’t care about this when it comes to Harry, his wife, or his late mother.

  41. Nedsdag says:

    It’s funny how the family was quiet during the first three seasons where they were given a “favorable” edit; however, now that the Diana years have arrived, they *cough*Charles*cough” are now all hot and bothered and calling the show “fiction”. Was it “fiction” during Seasons 3 where the Tampon King looked “sympathetic” to say the least? Peter Morgan has done his homework, and a lot of what has been shown–with a sprinkling of dramatic license–is pretty much true to form.

    Also, if they are so “worried” about The Crown, why did his wife invite the actress who played her for two seasons to a fund and seemed to get on well with her? Lighten up, Charlie! This is just a smidgen of the storm coming your way.

  42. ML says:

    One of the reasons I blamed QE2 for statements released in her name was due to the fact that she was the head of The Firm and in charge of it. We’ve seen the Firm swing into action for mundane and ridiculous matters and they get stuff done. And we see that they have not learned from history when they tried to stop Season 4 of The Crown, because KC is continuing to do what the Firm has always done when they don’t like the news out there: control and crush it.

  43. Deeanna says:

    Those of us who are older remember Charles well. He was weird then and he’s certainly not gotten better with age. Both he and his horse-faced wife were despicable in their treatment of Diana. I dont know how she tolerated him for as long as she did.
    I wonder if the new season will show Camilla hotfooting over to Highgrove every weekend Diana wasnt there? She and Charles would host dinner parties for “their” friends. These same friends would then disparage Diana to members of the press.
    No need for any fiction about these two – they were awful.