The Crown: Prince Charles shuns 'unflattering' show and tells friends 'I've never seen it'

PRINCE Charles will shun the latest series of The Crown which depicts his marriage break-up with Diana — and has told friends: “I’ve never seen it.”

Netflix released the fourth ten-episode instalment of the royal drama yesterday amid claims it presented “fiction as fact” and amounted to “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

The row over the series, which also details Diana’seating disorder and Charles’ affair with Camilla, comes amid controversy over Harry and Meghan’s £112million deal with the streaming giant.

It came as Harry was blasted for going on BBC1’s Strictly on Saturday in a video call to his pal, contestant JJ Chalmers, only days after the BBC began probing revelations Martin Bashir used bogus bank statements to persuade Diana to do an interview in 1995.

A source close to Charles, 72, said of The Crown: “His Royal Highness has absolutely no views about it. He has never watched The Crown. I shouldn’t think he knows it’s coming out.”

An insider described The Crown as “drama and entertainment for commercial ends . . .  with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited”.

They said the series paints Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, in “a very unflattering light”.

The insider said: “The public shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal. This is trolling with a Hollywood budget.”

The source also said that Prince William felt it presented his parents in a “false, simplistic way”.

Writer Peter Morgan says he discussed storylines with senior royal household members. Buckingham Palace has denied involvement.

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