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The Crown: How much of the Netflix show is real?

With the new season of The Crown set to hit our screens, just how much of it is real?

The hit Netflix drama The Crown has captivated audiences worldwide for its seemingly “behind-the-scenes” look at the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family.

While some parts of the series are closely based on real historical events, it is also a work of drama. Royal historian Robert Lacey says, " What you see is both invented and true."

The Crown's final season is set to premiere on Thursday. Photo: Netflix
The Crown's final season is set to premiere on Thursday. Photo: Netflix

Historian Andrew Roberts weighed in and claimed: “It is inaccurate, obviously totally unfair, and also quite dangerous… to the British constitution…The inaccuracies are dangerous because people believe them.”

While the Royal Family hasn’t released a formal statement about the show, Prince Harry did reveal to James Corden that The Crown “gives you a rough idea about what the lifestyle is, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else [and] what can come from that.”

The Crown's Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry. Photo: Netflix
The Crown's Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry. Photo: Netflix

In fact, the show’s influence led to the royal family’s cultural secretary, Oliver Dowden, reportedly requesting that Netflix should put a “fiction warning” on the series.

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Actress Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret in seasons 3 and 4, stated on the show's official podcast, “It is dramatised. I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say…this is not a drama doc. We’re making a drama.”

The show’s creator, Peter Morgan, defended the series, telling NBC News: “All I can say is that I’m doing so with the best intentions to look at the subject from all sides and be a responsible biographer.”

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