• The Crown is being heavily criticized
  • The Netflix production is too harsh on the royals
  • The creators of the show have now commented on it

In the run-up to seasons five and six, the series creators of The Crown faced criticism due to allegedly dramatizing the royals' story and harming them in the process.

The fifth season will pick up on the royal family's difficult time in the 1990s with Charles and Diana's divorce, and the sixth will also include Diana's death.

The Crown creators defend the series

Variety has now spoken to those responsible for the series. Among other things, the screenwriter Peter Morgan clarified to the magazine that that era was sad and painful:

"I think we must all accept that the 1990s was a difficult time for the royal family, and King Charles will almost certainly have some painful memories of that period. But that doesn't mean that, with the benefit of hindsight, history will be unkind to him, or the monarchy. The show certainly isn't."

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He adds that he has "tremendous compassion for a man and a family in this position," stating: "People are more understanding and compassionate than we expect sometimes."

"Diana" actress Elizabeth Debicki also feels that the events are being portrayed in a serious and deeply caring manner, as she comments. "Peter and the whole crew on this job, just like the actors, are doing their best to really handle everything with subtlety and truth and complexity, as do the actors. From the viewer’s point of view, the amount of research and care, conversation and dialogue that you’ll probably never notice is immeasurable," Debicki explains.