April 2, 2023

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Why The Crown’s Season 4 is facing criticism for its ‘overly satirical’ history

Why The Crown's Season 4 is facing criticism for its 'overly satirical' history

Crown Caught up to the 80s, and some Royal Watchers were not very happy with what they saw.

The Netflix show still examines the personal lives and public actions of people with personal memories, some of whom have pushed against it. “Wild brutal distortions” The series was created with a focus on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

“Clearly, the insiders’ briefing on behalf of the Royals is about some things, especially the Prince of Wales,” Camilla Tomini, the Royal Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, told CBC News.

She mentions Charles, who married Diana in 1981 before divorcing her in 1996.

“They think he’s portrayed really harshly and that Diana is portrayed as an effective, kind of angel.”

See | The Official Trailer for The Crown’s Season 4:

Descriptions have been criticized

The show premiered its fourth season on Netflix on November 15 and takes place 40 years before its first season. Season 4 introduced Diana, which, as Domini says, faced a lot of criticism as parts from history quickly disintegrated.

“Princess Diana’s description is accurate for the first time, she’s so childish and smirking and in love,” Tommy said. “But it describes the relationship as the hardest from the start. Well, that’s not quite the context.”

Other elements that detract from the historical fact are Thatcher’s role in Season 4. The portrayal of the late Prime Minister by British actor Gillian Anderson was immediately criticized.

The show illustrates Thatcher’s decision to go to war with Argentina over the disappearance of his son Mark, said British Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen. “Absolutely the worst.” Conservative commentator Tim Montgomery called it “absurd, hateful portrayal.”

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Hugo Vickers, historian and author The crown is broken, Thatcher’s role in the show is hard to see, especially since Queen Elizabeth leaked a story by her press secretary, Michael Shea, that she was in serious conflict with Thatcher.

The real story – published in the July 1986 Sunday Times edition – damaged the relationship between the two women, with Vickers saying that true leadership for the show was “completely opposite”.

When Shia leaked the story, Vickers said it had nothing to do with the Queen, who was upset about the move, saying “she would never betray her prime minister like that.”

“It’s very humiliating, because people always believe it’s true Crown Well put together, “Vickers said.” It was wonderfully produced. It acted beautifully. This is a well written script. So, you can’t deny that this is tabloid crap. “

“People believe that Queen Margaret Thatcher is hated and that the world wants people to know this, which is completely untrue.”

These changes are divided into real events and people who are still alive, which is somewhat upsetting. As the previous seasons were “too true to the details” and mostly dealt with dead characters, the “excessive caricature nature” of the current season stands out.

For their part, the cast Crown The decisions made by the creator and author Peter Morgan were generally justified.

See | Josh O’Connor on his experience playing Prince Charles:

British actor Josh O’Connor, who played Prince of Wales in the fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown, describes how Royal’s “human” side is examined. 1:03

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‘A genius’

“There’s a strange disconnect between me and the character created by Peter Morgan and the real Prince Charles. I never tried to make it so perfect,” Josh O’Connor, who played Charles, told CBC News before the release of Season 4.

“Peter Morgan does very well Crown, He humanizes superhumanity. “

Similarly, in a previous interview, Emma Corinne – Morgan, who played Diana, was called “a genius” to take the historical events of members of the Royal Family and “remove it completely to the most relative human experience.”

Morgan himself defended the fictional aspects of the show. In the first episode of Season 4, Charles’ great uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, wrote in a letter accusing the then-married Camilla Parker of “ruining and frustrating” their family by following the Bowls.

On display, Charles received the letter after the IRA assassinated Mountbatten in August 1979.

Of course, there is no evidence that such a letter exists. In the podcast The series was released on the same day as it aired, Morgan argues that despite the “making” of the scene, he believes the sentiment is true.

“I really believe everything in the letter that Mountbatten wrote to his great nephew Charles,” Morgan said, “you know, based on everything I read and the people I spoke to, it represents his opinion.”

Vickers said he appreciates the use of an artistic license, but for one story – especially for Charles – there is a risk of abusing real people.

The Royal Family itself declined to comment, although the Queen’s Communications Secretary issued a statement saying, “The royal family has never agreed to vet or approve, ask to know what will be included and will never comment on the accuracy of the program.”

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