FEMAIL reveals shocking portrayal of Prince Charles in The Crown08/16/2022
So THAT’s why Charles is no fan of The Crown: As the Prince claims he’s ‘completely different’ to the Netflix show, Femail reveals how he was portrayed as a ‘verbally abusive’ cheat who fought with pregnant Diana
- Prince Charles believes he is ‘nowhere near’ his portrayal on The Crown
- Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar revealed that he gave his opinion to MSPs
- Royal was portrayed by Josh O’Connor in the latest season of Netflix drama
- Here, FEMAIL reveals the most outrageous moments of royal on screen
Netflix’s hit show The Crown has become well known for bending facts to suit its narrative, and for it’s wild and at times inaccurate portrayal of members of the royal family.
And now even Prince Charles has spoken out about his depiction on screen in the drama, telling Scottish politicians he is ‘nowhere near’ his portrayal on the show.
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has revealed that Charles gave his opinion to MSPs when he attended the state opening of the Scottish Parliament last October.
Normal protocol is that politicians should not disclose what royals say to them.
However, speaking at an Edinburgh Fringe event, he said that when Charles met MSPs at a multi-faith ceremony in Edinburgh before the state opening, ‘he came over and went, ‘Hello, nice to meet you all. I’m nowhere near how they portray me on Netflix’.
Netflix’s hit show The Crown has become well known for bending facts to suit its narrative, and for it’s wild and at times inaccurate portrayal of members of the royal family – and a politician has now revealed how Prince Charles introduced himself by saying he is ‘nowhere near’ how he is portrayed on the show
The fourth series wrongly suggests the affair between Charles and Camilla continued throughout his marriage to Diana. In fact, Charles had virtually no contact with Camilla for the first five years of his marriage in 1981
Mr Sarwar added: ‘I thought that was a really interesting way of how you describe yourself.’
He then told the audience at the Gilded Balloon: ‘I’m going to be in so much trouble for this because I don’t think you are meant to tell private conversations!’ Clarence House declined to comment.
The royal was played by Josh O’Connor in the fourth season of the drama, with critics at the time saying the portrayal of Prince Charles’ marriage to Diana was ‘distorted’ and that viewers were misled into believing its fictionalised account of events.
The series wrongly suggests the affair between Charles and Camilla continued throughout his marriage to Diana. In fact, Charles had virtually no contact with Camilla for the first five years of his marriage in 1981.
In a fabricated scene in the first episode of series four, Lord Mountbatten writes to warn Charles he is in danger of bringing ‘ruin and disappointment’ to the family before the two have a huge argument.
Here, FEMAIL reveals how the outrageous portrayal of the royal in the series…
Elsewhere in the show, the royal is portrayed as arguing with his mentor and father figure Lord Mountbatten shortly before his death – in a scene which is widely regarded as fictional, but portrayed to viewers as fact
THE CROWN’S PORTRAYAL: Charles was cold and cruel to Diana, cheated with Camilla before the wedding and there was never any break in their relationship
Prior to flying off on his royal tour for six weeks before their wedding, Charles bids a rather short farewell to his fiancée at a rainy Heathrow airport, telling her casually the time will ‘fly by’ – though she is not so sure. He then pecks her on the cheek before boarding.
Diana later calls her friends in anguish, telling them she hasn’t heard from him in three weeks.
After receiving a card from Camilla Parker Bowles, the two women meet for lunch at Ménage a trois at The Wolseley. It’s an awkward encounter, with Camilla showing off how much she knows about the Prince of Wales’ character and quirks, such as the fact he doesn’t eat lunch or garlic, has a soft boiled egg with everything and loves the colour green – all of which Diana has no idea about.
Camilla reveals she and the prince call each other Fred and Gladys; Diana then later finds drawings of a bracelet Charles is having made, with the initials F and G engraved.
Throughout series four of the programme, Charles was portrayed as cold and cruel to Princess Diana and never particularly committed to her
Meanwhile the programme also indicates Charles cheated with Camilla before the wedding and there was never any break in their relationship (pictured, Emerald Fennel as Camilla with Emma Corrin as Diana)
When Charles arrives home from the tour he doesn’t come straight home to his bride-to-be; instead he drives to Gloucestershire, where he spends the night with Camilla before travelling to St Paul’s Cathedral for his wedding rehearsal. There he reunites with a furious Diana.
He tells her it’s ‘over’ between him and Camilla, that the bracelet was a ‘souvenir’, and presents her with a signet ring engraved with the Prince of Wales insignia – for ‘the future Princess of Wales’.
THE CROWN’S CLAIMS: Prince Charles regularly called Camilla during the early years of his marriage to Diana
While enjoying lunch with the Queen, Prince Charles speaks with her about his relationship with Camilla.
The Queen challenges Prince Charles on his choice of Gloucester because his home is ‘only a 15 minute drive from Camilla’. He insists he ‘just hunts with Camilla and talk on the telephone…when I need cheering up.’
The facts: Prince Charles had almost no contact with Camilla at all for the first five years, with the resumption of contact believed to have been in 1986.
By this time the marriage had, as the Prince himself famously put it in a TV documentary, ‘irretrievably broken down’.
The facts: Charles and Camilla’s relationship was friendly but he did not sleep with her the night before the wedding
The Prince of Wales did go on a tour of the US, Venezuela, New Zealand and Australia before the wedding, but not until a month after their engagement – and it only lasted five weeks.
Their farewell at the airport was reportedly ‘tender and tearful’, according to press reports, and Junor believes the suggestion Charles didn’t call his bride-to-be was a dramatic device to highlight how busy he was – something Diana ‘resented’ because she ‘hated being alone’ and couldn’t understand why his work took precedence.
Diana and Camilla did go for lunch together, and as far as Camilla was concerned it was ‘friendly’ and a genuine attempt to strike up a rapport, Junor said.
However, Diana’s account of the meeting in Diana: Her True Story is less favourable, believing Camilla used it as an opportunity to scope out the competition and ask leading questions that might help her continue to see Charles.
According to Junor, Charles did give Camilla a bracelet with their nicknames inscribed during a final lunch with his ex. Diana reportedly found the actual bracelet itself in Michael Colborne’s office, along with a load of other jewellery Charles had ordered as presents for a collection of women with whom he’d enjoyed dalliances, to thank them for their companionship over the years.
‘All the jewellery had been delivered to the office that Diana was sharing with Colborne and put on his desk,’ Junor told History Extra. ‘Colborne was called away to a meeting down the corridor. He left the package of jewellery on his desk and when he came back he met Diana storming out of the office. He quickly realised she had unpacked the boxes, discovered the bracelet and flown into a jealous rage.’
Junor refutes the suggestion that Charles and Camilla spent the night together before his wedding, or that the pair never stopped seeing each other, claiming it’s ‘highly unlikely’ because Camilla had already stepped ‘right back’, so he wouldn’t have needed to end it face to face.
‘I think it is absolutely untrue that she and Charles slept together just before the wedding. They are both decent, honourable people,’ she said.
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards also refuted the suggestion that Charles was cruel to Diana and strayed the night before his wedding. Writing in The Sun, he said: ‘That he made love to Camilla on the night before his wedding to Diana — absolutely not true. He said privately, ‘What sort of a man do you think I am?’
‘I don’t believe Charles phoned Camilla while his wife waited on the Tarmac to see him off on a foreign engagement. The Prince is not a cruel man.’
THE CROWN’S PORTRAYAL: Charles didn’t love Diana and their wedding nearly didn’t happen
A tearful Diana tries to phone the Queen to call off the wedding the night before, claiming it will be ‘a disaster for everyone’ if it goes ahead
A tearful Diana tries to phone the Queen to call off the wedding the night before, claiming it will be ‘a disaster for everyone’ if it goes ahead. When she is denied access to the monarch, Diana is seen childishly kicking bouquets of flowers in her bedroom and later breaking out into a wild interpretative dance during a solo ballet practice.
Following Diana and Charles’ tense exchange at the wedding rehearsal, Princess Margaret urges the Queen to step in and stop the nuptials, claiming Charles is still in love with Camilla.
‘How many times can this family make the same mistake? Forbidding marriages that should be allowed, forcing others that shouldn’t, and paying the consequences each time,’ she says. ‘This is madness. We can stop them now, before they tie the knot. Not just for the sake of the monarchy but for them as human beings. We have to stop them now.’
Philip argues that Charles will come to love Diana the older and ‘more confident and beautiful’ she gets, while the Queen Mother makes the rather outrageous suggestion he ‘juggle them both’ in the meantime.
When the Queen encourages her son to go ahead with the wedding, Charles is seen with tears in his eyes as he dejectedly peers out of the window watching fireworks going off in Hyde Park.
The facts: It’s very unlikely Diana turned to the Queen for help or that the royals would have intervened to stop the wedding
Junor claims she wasn’t aware of such an attempt on Diana’s part to cancel the wedding, especially given her relationship with the Queen at that stage.
She also said she’d be ‘very surprised’ if Princess Margaret did try to step in and put a stop to things, and suggested it was a dramatic tool to highlight the fact her own love match was prevented.
After the bracelet saga, Diana reportedly confided in her sisters about off the wedding, but they said it was too late to back out.
Meanwhile Charles told friends he was in a ‘confused and anxious state of mind’ hours before tying the knot, according to Ingrid Seward.
She said: ‘Prince Charles kept saying, “I want to do the right thing by my country. I want to do the right thing by my family.” [But] in his heart, I think he knew that they just had nothing in common.’
THE CROWN’S PORTRAYAL: Prince Charles verbally abused a heavily pregnant Diana and called her ‘pathetic’ before complaining about her to the Queen
Retreating to her room: When the Queen comes to Highgrove to visit, Prince Charles is seen banging on the door of Princess Diana’s bedroom. Inside a pregnant Princess Diana could be seen laying on her bed while watching television, and turns the volume up on the screen as Prince Charles shouts through the door that she is ‘pathetic’
Elsewhere, Prince Charles and Camilla were depicted as having explosive fights in which the Prince of Wales told her she ‘didn’t care’
When the Queen comes to Highgrove to visit, Prince Charles is seen banging on the door of Princess Diana’s bedroom.
He shouts at her: ‘Might I remind you she is not just your mother-in-law, but also the Queen of this country.’
Inside a pregnant Princess Diana could be seen laying on her bed while watching television, and turns the volume up on the screen as Prince Charles shouts through the door that she is ‘pathetic’.
He later tells the Queen Diana is ‘not having an easy time of it’ and adds: ‘You’re two very different women.’
He describes Diana as ‘intellectually incurious’ and bemoans the fact she has been ‘withdrawing again, locking herself in her room watching endless hours of television’.
Prince Charles said: ‘I tried to give her tutorials on Shakespeare and poetry…she shows no interest. Just talks endlessly about missing London.’
The Queen tells him to ‘worry less about his own happiness and more about the wellbeing of the mother of your future child.’
The facts: The couple had difficulties, but it’s unlikely Charles turned to the Queen
Diana’s first pregnancy was a challenging time for the couple and the expectant mother was deeply unhappy.
In Andrew Morton’s 1992 biography, the princess said: ‘I had told Charles I felt so desperate and I was crying my eyes out. ‘He said I was crying wolf. ‘I’m not going to listen,’ he said. ‘You’re always doing this to me. I’m going riding now.’
Penny Junor wrote: ‘Apart from being in charge of decorating Highgrove and later their apartment at Kensington Palace, there wasn’t much left for Diana to do to feel part of it all.’
Yet it seems highly unlikely that Charles confided in his mother that Princess Diana was so unhappy.
As Junor writes in her biography of Camilla Parker Bowles: ‘Not even after the Queen found Diana at the bottom of the stairs after her fall, mercifully unharmed, did he take the opportunity to confide in his mother.’
Meanwhile Bedell Smith, in her biography of the prince, said the Queen would not interfere with her children’s marriages, writing: ‘The Queen’s natural reticence and sense of propriety prevented her from intervening to correct Diana, much less to ask her, or Charles for that matter, about the princess’s upset.’
THE CROWN’S PORTRAYAL: PRINCE CHARLES FOUGHT WITH ‘FATHER FIGURE’ LORD MOUNTBATTEN AND CALLED HIM A TRAITOR BEFORE HIS DEATH
Heated: The Crown shows Prince Charles accusing Lord Mountbatten of betraying his trust in a phone call hours before his death
Final words: Lord Mountbatten is accused of betraying Charles (pictured) and criticises him for continuing to see Camilla
In one episode of season four, Lord Mountbatten phones Prince Charles on the morning of August 27, 1979, while he is on holiday at Classiebawn Castle, Co Sligo.
During the conversation, Lord Mountbatten cautions the Prince against continuing to see Camilla Parker-Bowles. Prince Charles bites back, saying Lord Mountbatten is in no position to lecture on adultery.
‘The idea that you all of all people should lecture me on the sanctity of marriage… You and Edwina hardly blaze a trail in that matter,’ he says, in a reference to Lord and Lady Mountbatten’s high profile affairs.
He also accuses Lord Mountbatten of being a traitor, saying he pretends to be on his side, but in reality does the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s dirty work.
The phone call ends abruptly, with Prince Charles not giving his great-uncle a proper goodbye.
Shortly afterwards Lord Mountbatten sits down to compose a letter to Prince Charles, compelling him to find ‘some sweet and innocent, well-tempered girl with no past’ to settle down with, and to do his duty.
Hours later Lord Mountbatten is killed at Mullaghmore by the IRA. It means the last words spoken between the two were an argument.
The facts: There was no letter or argument on the phone on the morning of Lord Mountbatten’s death
While Lord Mountbatten did write to Prince Charles about his love life on a number of occasions, he did not write to the royal on the morning of his death.
It is also thought to be very unlikely that the last words that passed between them were so acrimonious.
According to historian Andrew Lownie, the last correspondence between Charles and Lord Mountbatten was a letter sent to his great-uncle dated 13 August, which read: ‘I hope you are having a decent rest in Ireland and are not working unnecessarily hard.’
It suggests a far more conciliatory tone between the pair and makes no reference to the acrimonious conversation conjured by The Crown.
However Lord Mountbatten did suggest Charles find a woman with such qualities, although this letter was sent several years earlier, in 1974.
He wrote: ‘I believe, in a case like yours, the man should sow his wild oats and have as many affairs as he can before settling down, but for a wife he should choose a suitable, attractive and sweet-charactered girl before she met anyone else she might fall for.’
The Crown should come with a disclaimer that it is fiction NOT fact: Politicians, experts and friends of royals back Prince Charles and call for Netflix to warn viewers that show twists the truth
Following the release of season four, a number of experts, politicians and friends of Prince Charles called on Netflix to feature a disclaimer that the show was fiction and not fact.
Author Sally Bedell Smith, who has written biographies of the Queen, Charles and Diana, said: ‘I am very sad to say that I have heard it over, over and over again that people take The Crown at face value and they believe everything they see in the series, and that includes Charles and Camilla.
‘The notion in the programme that he entered into his marriage cynically with a view to continuing with Camilla and putting his new wife on the side is exceedingly dishonest and damaging. It is just simply not true.’
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: ‘The Crown is a very one-sided portrayal, which is really the Diana version. The sad thing for people viewing it is that they are going to take it as the correct story line, which it isn’t at all.’
Tory MP Colonel Bob Stewart branded the portrayal of Prince Charles as ‘wildly inaccurate’.
Col Stewart, a former battalion commander in the Cheshire Regiment, frequently spoke to Charles, the regiment’s colonel-in-chief, during a tour of Bosnia in 1992 and 1993.
‘That is not the Prince Charles I knew,’ he told The Mail on Sunday. ‘Please, please God, people, do not think that this is an accurate portrayal of the heir to the throne.’
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