• The Crown is a popular TV series on Netflix that details the lives of the Royal family
  • The Crown isn't loved by Buckingham Palace 
  • A close friend to the Queen says the show has some facts wrong

Apparently, The Crown doesn't portray Queen Elizabeth in a way friends and close family think as accurate! It comes down to one major fact that the Netflix series gets wrong - that the Queen doesn't always like being Queen! Robert Hardman, the Royal autobiographer says that's not true!

The Crown Under Scrutiny Again

The author of a new book detailing the life of the Queen, Robert Hardman, says that there were a few things he understands about his friend that The Crown falsified. 

Olivia Colman, The Crown Season 3 (2019) 

In his new book Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Queen Elizabeth II, Hardman notes that he spent ample time with the friends of the queen to really understand her and get to know the truth behind the cameras and social events.

"She's by far the longest-lived monarch in our history. She remains very much center stage, with an appetite and enthusiasm for the job. She really enjoys what she does," he said in an exclusive interview with People.

While dealing with the passing of her husband, Prince Phillip, and the ongoing legal drama with Prince Andrew, the Queen has remained "upbeat and positive".

What Hardman notes her friends were most upset with the series, is that they didn't include this disposition in her onscreen character.

"A lot of her friends and close staff felt that [The Crown] showed her being miserable all the time. And that's just not how it is," he said.

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Hardman also says that the Queen is far from just a symbol and that she has always kept politicians on their toes when speaking at events.

He said it's simply not true "that she's largely symbolic and just signs things and goes where she's told to and smiles." The expert added, "When you get behind the scenes of so many of these events, she does keep politicians on their toes."

This isn't the first time that The Crown has come under fire from the Royal family! Charles Spencer, Princess Diana's brother, was apparently furious when season 4 dropped. He denied Netflix the opportunity to film parts of the season in the Spencer home, saying that he felt it was part of his "duty" to "protect his sister".

Furthermore, Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry were both not pleased with the show, with William going so far as to say, "his parents are being exploited and presented in a false, simplistic way to make money."

Another biographer for the Royal brothers, Angela Levin, said that Prince Harry would stop the show from portraying any of the drama that has happened behind closed doors in regards to his wife, Meghan Markle.

She said he asked her if she watched the show, and then said, "I’m going to make sure I stop it before they get to me."

Despite all that, apparently, Duchess Camilla will gladly watch the series, and according to a source for Vanity Fair, said that she "has a wonderful sense of humour and this won’t fuss her in the slightest."