Netflix has been accused of trolling the Royal Family after a ‘sinister’ post on its official social media account prompted a wave of online hate.
Senior palace sources reacted with anger to the tweet, which invited viewers to watch a documentary on Princess Diana which they claimed would provide ‘answers’ to criticism of its flagship drama The Crown.
It was accompanied by a video that paints the Duchess of Cornwall in a particularly unedifying light.
The post has attracted a string of vile messages directed towards the Royal Family, which are still online despite the Daily Mail alerting Netflix to them more than 24 hours ago.
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In damning clips of Diana used in ‘sinister’ trailer for the Netflix documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, Diana is heard saying: ‘You may recall me sobbing...’
‘...that was nothing to do with him going [on a royal tour]...’ but after Camilla called him before his trip. The documentary is based on audio tapes she secretly made for biographer Andrew Morton
Most of the comments are unprintable, targeted not just at Charles and Camilla, but also the Queen and Prince Philip.
Critics have said The Crown’s account of the breakdown of Prince Charles’s marriage to Diana is ‘distorted and at times downright inaccurate’.
A royal insider said: ‘It’s one thing to make a drama that not even the writer claims is entirely factual, but for Netflix to use its corporate social channels to create and post material that is one-sided at best feels like corporate trolling – it’s pretty sinister.’
Now Conservative peer Lord Forsyth of Drumlean has accused the US streaming giant of ‘crossing a line’.
Diana is heard saying ‘I was devastated’ after opening a parcel to find a bracelet which she was told Charles was going to give Camilla
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Yesterday he wrote to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom complaining of the ‘hurtful, false, misleading and poisonous impression of people in our public life who cannot fight back’. He called for Netflix to be regulated in the UK in line with other broadcasters.
Lord Forsyth said: ‘What they are doing is absolutely shocking. It is mendacious and it is untrue. And as every day goes by without any action on the issue, more and more people are seeing this programme, and unfortunately people believe this stuff to be fact.
In another clip, Diana says: ‘He absolutely cut me dead ... it was hot and cold’. Critics have said The Crown’s account of the breakdown of Prince Charles’s marriage to Diana is ‘distorted and at times downright inaccurate’
‘If Netflix are also using a corporate account in that way [to deliberately publicise negative programmes about the Royal Family] then the case for regulation is even stronger.’
He added: ‘They [Netflix] can’t continue to say, “This is drama, this is not our fault”. They are clearly using a programme which is sensationalist and mendacious to promote their commercial interests.
‘The royals do not have a right to reply. This is damaging, nasty and unpleasant stuff.’
Series four of The Crown, which covers Charles and Diana’s engagement, marriage and break-up, has been engulfed by controversy.
Recounting a ‘tricky’ lunch, Diana says Camilla