According to a friend, the Duchess of Cornwall will watch the upcoming season of The Crown and will not be ‘fussed’ by how she is depicted.
Camilla, a member of the royal family with a “wonderful sense of humour,” will be watching with a “glass of wine.”
Camilla has seen the previous three seasons of the famous Netflix program, according to a source.
The series portrays Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) as being in nearly daily contact throughout the early years of his marriage to Diana, and even shows them sleeping together the night before his wedding.
The Queen and Princess Anne are reported to be uninterested in viewing the Netflix drama—“the Queen has no desire to watch herself in a fictitious TV program, while Anne has no time for such nonsense,” according to a family friend. But Camilla is more intrigued by her on-screen character.
They told Vanity Fair: “She has watched it, of course she has and I believe [Charles] has too. I don’t think she has any real issue with it. Her feeling is very much ‘never complain, never explain.’”
The insider went on to say of the fourth season, in which Emerald Fennell portrays Camilla during the 1980s and early 1990s, “I imagine she’ll be tuning in with a glass of red wine to watch it, she has seen the previous series.
“She has a wonderful sense of humour and this won’t fuss her in the slightest.”
The Royal family is reported to be “furious” over the newest plot developments in The Crown, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face new concerns about their Netflix agreement.
The production has been panned by royal experts, including Ingrid Seward, who termed it ‘pretty inaccurate,’ and Dickie Arbiter, who said ‘some of the actions are fiction.’
Camilla was the nation’s most hated woman for years, blamed for the collapse of Charles and Diana’s marriage and shunned by the Queen, who refused to even utter her name at the palace. Camilla is married to Andrew Parker Bowles in the new season of The Crown, which starts around the time of Charles and Diana’s courting in 1980, and she remains in regular touch with the Prince of Wales throughout the run-up to his wedding and the early years of his marriage to Diana. The performance recreates Diana’s discovery of drawings Charles had created for a bracelet to give Camilla as a parting present before his wedding; it becomes a private tete a tete between Charles and the Queen, when the heir is shown breaking down on the night of his wedding.
The depiction of Charles, Princess Diana, and Camilla in The Crown, according to royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith, is “largely fictional” and does not accurately depict the interactions between Charles and Diana as husband and wife and Charles and Camilla as friends and lovers.
While Bedell Smith admits that Charles was reluctant to marry Diana, she thinks that Charles was dedicated to making the marriage succeed based on her thorough study. “Peter Morgan has created his own personal narrative of Charles and Camilla’s relationship that is largely fictional. If Diana had been grounded and confident and clever, her other good qualities such as her sense of humor and natural warmth could have won Charles over in a heartbeat, and Camilla would have been history. Charles actually appreciated Diana’s quick wit; during the engagement, he wrote to his grandmother about how funny Diana was.”
She continued, “He did not enter into the marriage cynically, thinking he could keep a mistress on the side. He was telling the truth when he said to Jonathan Dimbleby on camera in 1994 that he had remained faithful to his wedding vows until his marriage to Diana became ‘irretrievably broken down’ in 1986, when he resumed his intimate relationship with Camilla. It’s fair to say that between 1981 and 1986, Charles and Camilla were in telephone contact when he was in distress and needed a sympathetic ear, but their physical relationship was in abeyance for five years.”
Friends of Charles have criticised the series ahead of its premiere, pointing out that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just signed a £75 million deal with the streaming service.
Some of the Prince’s closest confidantes have accused Netflix of profiting on the Royal Family’s anguish and railed that ‘fiction is presented as fact’ in its warped account of events.
“In this case, it’s dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone’s feelings.
“That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.
“The new series paints the Prince and Duchess in a very unflattering light but at least at the start of reality shows like The Only Way Is Essex they admit that some scenes have been invented for entertainment.”
Another source thinks The Crown does the Duchess of Cornwall a disservice by portraying her as a “bad” character while ignoring her devotion to duty and the Crown.
They said: “Camilla falls into the baddie category which is to completely simplify her.
“I would hope people judge Camilla on what they have seen over the past 15 years.”
The fourth series follows Charles from his failed marriage to Princess Diana, through her eating problems and his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles, to the conclusion of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister.