The Crown snub: Why royal historian does NOT approve of drama

The Crown series three premiered this weekend, with eagerly-anticipated performances from Olivia Colman as the Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. However, a prominent royal historian spoke out about how the factual inaccuracies in the hit show meant that he could not approve of the critically-acclaimed show. Hugo Vickers, in his 2017 book “The Crown: Truth and Fiction” spoke about how series one and two did not garner his approval. 

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Mr Vickers writes: “I do not approve of The Crown because it depicts real people in situations which are partly true and partly false; but unfortunately most viewers take it all as gospel truth. 

“And whilst I accept that fiction can be used as a vice to illuminate true events, I also believe that it can be used to pervert the facts and crete false impressions. 

“Unquestionably, this has been a highly successful series, which is watched with intense interest around the globe. The setting and costumes are of high quality, the acting is good, and it all looks convincing.

Peter Morgan is an intelligent writer and Claire Foy portrays [the Queen] beautifully. 

“What I failed to appreciate at the end of Seres 1, but wholly accept now, was that The Crown did a great job in reminding a younger generation that the Queen and Prince Philip were once young themselves. 

The Crown; Queen Elizabeth IIOlivia Colman and Tobias Menzies as the QUeen adn Prince PHilip; Queen Elizabeth II (Image: /Getty)

Olivia Colman and Queen Elizabeth IIOlivia Colman plays the Queen in the new series (Image: Getty)

“But, sadly, there are many lapses into poor taste. 

“I understand that each episode needs conflict and drama. One of the devices used in Series 2 is to take two simple events which did happen, and clash them against each other to create something which did not. 

“To take an example from Episode 8: yes, the Queen and Prince Philip entertained the Kennedys at Buckingham palace; and yes, the Queen visited Ghana. 

“But the Queen did not go to Ghana for the trivial reason that she wished to get one over on Mrs Kennedy – she went there to ensure that Ghana remained part of the Commonwealth.”

 

READ MORE: Why Prince Philip has been 'victimised' by The Crown 

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