Sarah Ferguson Denies Offering to Consult on ‘The Crown’ Season 5

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Staying out of it. Sarah Ferguson denied providing to seek the advice of on season 5 of The Crown, which is able to chronicle the royal household’s ups and downs within the early Nineties.

“The Duchess was in touch with Andy Harries, who produces The Crown, final yr and so they had a dialogue about the opportunity of adapting her novel Her Coronary heart for a Compass right into a TV collection,” a spokesperson for the Duchess of York, 63, advised Us Weekly in a press release on Friday, October 28. “They didn’t talk about The Crown or any concept of her serving to with the collection in any approach.”

The spokesperson added that whereas “a suggestion” that Ferguson — who was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996 — help on the present was introduced up at one level by “a mutual good friend,” nothing got here of it. “The Duchess didn’t method Left Financial institution providing to be a guide,” the assertion concluded.

Rumors that the My Story creator, who shares daughters Princess Beatrice, 34, and Princess Eugenie, 32, along with her ex-husband, 62, had labored as a guide on The Crown come one week after Dame Judi Dench slammed Netflix for his or her “inaccurate” portrayal of the royals. “The nearer the drama involves our current instances, the extra freely it appears prepared to blur the traces between historic accuracy and crude sensationalism,” the Oscar winner, 87, wrote in an open letter to The Occasions on October 20. “Nobody is a higher believer in inventive freedom than I, however this can’t go unchallenged.”

Dench continued: “Regardless of this week stating publicly that The Crown has all the time been a ‘fictionalized drama,’ this system makers have resisted all requires them to hold a disclaimer initially of every episode. The time has come for Netflix to rethink — for the sake of a household and a nation so lately bereaved, as a mark of respect to a sovereign who served her folks so dutifully for 70 years, and to protect their very own fame within the eyes of their British subscribers.” (Dench’s assertion came to visit one month after Queen Elizabeth II died on the age of 96.)

The Belfast actress particularly cited an upcoming story line about King Charles III wanting his mom to abdicate from the throne in her letter. “That is each cruelly unjust to the people and damaging to the establishment they symbolize,” she wrote.

Whereas Netflix didn’t instantly deal with Dench’s allegations, the streaming service has since added a press release within the season 5 trailer clarifying that The Crown is fictional. “Impressed by actual occasions, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and private occasions that formed her reign,” the teaser, which was launched on October 20, states.

Along with a plot line concerning the stress between the 73-year-old king and his late mom, season 5 of The Crown will cowl an excessive amount of private drama among the many royals. Earlier this month, star Dominic West confirmed that the collection will embrace a leaked telephone name between the then-Prince of Wales and Queen Consort Camilla, the place he stated that he wished to “dwell inside” her trousers and be reincarnated as her tampon.

On the time, each Charles and Camilla, 75, had been each married to different folks: him to Princess Diana and her to Andrew Parker-Bowles.

“I bear in mind considering it was one thing so sordid and deeply, deeply embarrassing [at the time],” The Affair star, 53, advised Leisure Weekly on the time. “Wanting again on it, and having to play it, what you’re aware of is that the blame was not with these two folks, two lovers, who had been having a non-public dialog. What’s actually [clear now] is how invasive and disgusting was the press’ consideration to it, that they printed it out verbatim and you can name a quantity and take heed to the precise tape.”