The Queen’s Pal Lady Glenconner Says ‘The Crown’ Is ‘Irritating’

Queen Elizabeth II and Woman Anne Glenconner.
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The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign on the Netflix sequence, however among the late monarch’s family members will not be followers of the fictionalized drama.

“The difficulty is that folks, particularly in America, consider it utterly. It’s so irritating,” Woman Anne Glenconner, a longtime buddy of Her Majesty, stated throughout an look on BBC Radio 4’s “Girls’s Hour” on Thursday, November 24. “I don’t watch The Crown now as a result of it simply makes me so offended. And it’s so unfair on members of the royal household.”

The 90-year-old England native — who served as a maid of honor on the queen’s 1947 nuptials to Prince Philip — additional known as the five-season drama a “full fantasy” relating to the accuracy of its story strains.

The Crown season 5 dropped on the streaming big earlier this month, highlighting the dissolution of the wedding between King Charles III — who succeeded Elizabeth in September after her demise on the age of 96 — and Princess Diana. The newest batch of episodes additionally featured Diana — who died in a 1997 deadly Paris automotive crash — working with Andrew Morton on his biography about her life earlier than sitting down with the BBC’s Panorama for a tell-all interview amid Charles’ romance with Queen Consort Camilla. Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce star because the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021, on The Crown season 5. Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki, for his or her components, painting Charles and Diana.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Longtime Friend Lady Anne Glenconner Slams 'The Crown’: It's 'Irritating'

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown.’

Forward of season 5’s debut on the streaming service, The Crown got here beneath fireplace over claims of historic inaccuracy.

“The nearer the drama involves our current instances, the extra freely it appears keen to blur the strains between historic accuracy and crude sensationalism,” Judi Dench wrote in an open letter to The Instances final month, asking Netflix so as to add a dramatized disclaimer to the brand new episodes. “Nobody is a better believer in creative freedom than I, however this can not go unchallenged.”

Whereas Netflix in the end complied with the 87-year-old Oscar winner’s request amid backlash, Andrew Morton thought the disclaimer was “ridiculous.”

“I imply, it’s a drama. It’s not a documentary. That’s been stated about 10 million instances. Not every thing in it’s going to be genuine,” The Queen: Her Life creator solely advised Us Weekly earlier this month. “[Watching season 5] was like being transported again in time. It was fairly unnerving, fairly frankly, as a result of the girl who performs Diana — Elizabeth Debicki — completely nailed every thing about her mannerisms, her gestures, her speech patterns. … I used to be type of shaking actually with the verisimilitude of all of it.”

Whereas Morton discovered The Crown nailed his involvement in Diana’s story, Glenconner was much less enthused.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Longtime Friend Lady Anne Glenconner Slams 'The Crown’: It's 'Irritating'

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown.’
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“I noticed Helena [Bonham Carter] after she’d been in The Crown [as Princess Margaret in seasons 3 and 4] and he or she stated, ‘What did you assume?’ And I stated, ‘Nicely, moderately dissatisfied,’” Glenconner, who served as a lady-in-waiting to Margaret earlier than her 2002 demise, recalled to the BBC on Thursday. “And she or he stated, ‘I do know. However the factor is, I’m an actress, and I’ve to do what’s written for me.’”

Neither The Crown nor creator Peter Morgan have addressed Glenconner’s criticism. The sequence is presently in manufacturing on the sixth and remaining season.