New series of The Crown would have destroyed the Queen, says close friend of late monarch

The upcoming fifth season of The Crown "would have destroyed" Queen Elizabeth according to one of her closest confidantes.

The new batch of episodes will arrive on Netflix in just a few days time. The series will tackle the Queen's disastrous 1992 – which she later called her 'annus horribilis' – as the then-Prince Charles split from Diana, Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's marriage disintegrated and a fire tore through Windsor Castle in 1992.

One episode, set in 1991, will see Charles lobbying prime minister John Major to force his mother to abdicate.

The ex-PM's spokesman has described the script as "damaging and malicious fiction" and "a barrel-load of nonsense peddled for no other reason than to provide maximum, and entirely false, dramatic impact".

Now, an unnamed close friend of the late Queen has told The Sunday Times she's "horrified" by the series.

They said: "I'm horrified by what is going on with Netflix and how they are vilifying the royal family. It is vicious. It's as if they're trying to destroy the royal family. It would have destroyed her."

The close friend has joined calls for Netflix to include a disclaimer stating the show is fiction ahead of every episode.

This season will cover events from 1990 to 1997 – a famously tumultuous period of royal history.

A spokesman for Netflix said the show has always been a fictional dramatisation of the royal family's inner workings.

In response to the Sunday Times story, they said: "Series five is imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians."

A teaser trailer for the new season revealed the show will chronicle the early days of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla 's relationship.

The series will showcase the couple – played by Dominic West and Olivia Williams – sharing intimate moments while they were married to other people.

Despite the furore over finished episodes which are yet to air, Netflix is pushing on with filming season six, which looks set to be even more controversial.

The sixth and final series of The Crown will feature a dramatisation of Princess Diana's death and funeral.

Amid mounting outrage over the show's disregard for historical truth, the macabre scenes will depict a grief-stricken Prince William and Prince Harry – then aged 15 and 12.

The latest unnamed friend is far from the first person to criticise the upcoming series.

William Shawcross, the Queen Mother's official biographer, said: "Nothing is sacred to [the writer of The Crown] Peter Morgan. He has made his republican sentiments and his contempt for our late Queen very clear.

"This is a vile series which lies to the public and has been incredibly hurtful to the Royal Family from the Queen and our new King down."


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