The Crown on Netflix faces criticism from Queen Elizabeth II’s friend Lady Glenconner

A childhood friend of the late Queen says The Crown makes her “so angry” and feels it is “unfair” to members of the royal family.

Lady Glenconner, who for decades was maid of honor at the coronation of Elizabeth II and maid of honor to Princess Margaret, criticized the Netflix drama during an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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The 90-year-old described the TV show as a “complete fantasy”.

And she feels that despite the streamer’s warning that it’s “fictionalized drama,” people will still believe it’s true.

“I don’t watch The Crown now because it makes me so angry and it’s so unfair to members of the royal family,” she said.

Actress Imelda Staunton plays the Queen. Recognition: Netflix

Lady Glenconner was referring to an episode in the second series that implied that the Duke of Edinburgh was blamed for his sister Cecilie taking the flight that resulted in her death in a 1937 plane crash.

She said that was “completely untrue”.

“I think saying that about people hurts terribly,” she said.

“I mean, nobody wants their relatives to be destroyed like that.”

The former lady-in-waiting also branded scenes involving the late Queen’s sister as “ridiculous”.

“She never did that”

In the third series, Princess Margaret was shown trading dirty limericks with US President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

Lady Glenconner said, “Of course she never did.”

She recalled Helen Bonham Carter visiting her and chatting with her for two hours, getting details about Princess Margaret before portraying her in series three and four.

Dame Judi Dench says The Crown has begun to border on “raw sensationalism”. Recognition: AP

After the series aired, she saw Bonham Carter again.

The actress asked her, “What were you thinking?” to which Lady Glenconner replied, “Well, quite disappointing.”

She recalled Bonham Carter replying, “I know, but the thing is, I’m an actress and I have to do what’s written for me.”

Dame Judi Dench and former Prime Minister Sir John Major have also criticized the storylines in the new series, which launched earlier this month.

Last month, Dame Judi, 87, argued that The Crown had begun to border on “gross sensationalism”.

The Queen drives her Range Rover to Windsor Castle in July 2021. Recognition: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

And Sir John, 79, is said to have called some of the scenes “malicious nonsense”.

A spokesman for Sir Tony Blair described another scene, in which Charles is reportedly trying to recruit the politician as an ally to protect his future, as “complete and utter rubbish”.

Netflix added a disclaimer to the description of the trailer for series five, but stopped adding the message to the trailer itself.

The streamer has described the show as a “fictionalized drama” in its press materials, on social media and on The Crown’s platform landing page.

Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana in season five of The Crown. Recognition: Netflix

When asked about the disclaimer label used by Netflix, Lady Glenconner said, “The problem is that people, especially in America, think it’s entirely (true) and there really isn’t much that can be done about it.”

In the show’s latest series, Imelda Staunton has taken over the role of Queen from Olivia Colman, while Dominic West plays the then-Prince of Wales, now the King.

Elizabeth Debicki plays Diana, who gets the baton from Emma Corrin, and Lesley Manville plays Princess Margaret.

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